The top 5 dreamy autumn minimoon locations in England
From Monday 14th September 2020, the coronavirus rules meant that the number of people allowed to legally meet went from 30 to 6 in England. There is an exception, however, for wedding ceremonies and sit-down receptions that means 15 people are permitted.
Many weddings are being postponed or, for those that do go ahead, people are having much smaller ceremonies than planned. Whilst disappointing, the silver lining is that honeymoons and minimoons are always meant to have been about just the two of you!
We’ve collected the dreamiest honeymoon destinations in England for you to have a socially distanced minimoon and forget your wedding worries.
Cornwall is famous for its craggy coastline with crystal clear waters, untouched coves, and active surfing scene. In Autumn, the waters are still just as blue but you will be mesmerised watching the rise and fall of the winter waves - it’s enough to make you want to grab your partner’s hand and jump right in! Porthcurnick Beach and Kynance Cove, the lizard peninsula, are well worth a visit for a romantic walk on the beach, wrapped up in your finest scarves and hats.
At the Porthcurno, in addition to the stunning sands, you will find the Minack Theatre. The Minack Theatre is a unique outdoor theatre, perched on top of the cliffs with panoramic views of the ocean below. Step on stage and profess your love for the world to see.
Explore the ruins of Tintagel castle together. Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland, the rugged ruins have a wealth of history, mystery, and scenery just waiting to be discovered. Be sure to book your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out on the iconic walk across the footbridge with dramatic views.
When you can no longer face the elements, take a step inside one of Cornwall’s many traditional pubs, often found right by the shoreline. Feast on traditional dishes such as fresh seafood and Cornish pasties. The Admiral Benbow in Penzance is a particular gem, as it was used for the setting of the opening chapter in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and houses an array of maritime artefacts.
The Lake District is a fantastic destination for outdoorsy couples who are looking for adventurous honeymoon ideas. Between climbing fells and mountains, and the abundance of lakes to delve into, there are plenty of physical activities to keep you both warm during the Autumn season.
Lake Windemere is a lovely location to take a trip across the waters either by boat, ferry, or kayak. Investigate the delights of the different bays found along the shores, including Bowness Bay and Low Wood Bay. If you fancy a real treat, Storrs Hall offers a champagne afternoon tea for under £30 each and features breath-taking views of the lake.
Take a romantic stroll through White Moss Woods, which will be sure to put you in a festive mood. There are a variety of pathways to explore but a particularly renowned trail will take you past Rydal Water to the caves of Grasmere. After the wonderful walk, share some famous Grasmere Gingerbread and a hot chocolate from the comfort of your own motorhome.
For a special moment, why not head to Castlerigg stone circle to watch the sunrise? Take some blankets, a hot flask, and a bite to eat from the motorhome so you can sit in one of the most dramatic sites in England, surrounded by panoramic views of Helvellyn and High Seat.
It does not get much more romantic than the Cotswolds! The quaint, chocolate-box villages are just waiting for intimate moments to happen. Explore quintessential Cotswolds villages such as Bourton-On-Water and Castle Combe village to see traditional cottages, splendid streams, and even miniature model villages.
The Cotswolds is rich in history and there are many famous landmarks to visit. Take a look at the roman baths in Bath, roam around Sudeley castle and gardens, or St Edward’s Church located in Stow-on-the-Wold which has two ancient yew trees framing the church doors – making for the perfect photo opportunity.
Head to the town of Painswick, known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’. Amongst the independent shops and traditional pubs, you will find a small churchyard that has 99 yew trees planted within its grounds. For a romantic gesture, visit each one and give your newlywed a reason why you love them so much.
Norfolk is a beautiful county found by the coast, which is known for its awe-inspiring beaches man-made waterways. Towns such as Hunstanton and Great Yarmouth offer the classic seaside experience.
Hunstanton boasts dramatic cliffs, broad beaches, and heritage gardens. Wander by the old-fashioned beach huts and take advantage of the iconic photo opportunity. You can also comb the beach together for pieces of amber you can keep forever. You could even have it made into jewellery as a thoughtful anniversary present.
Head inland to the infamous Norfolk broads. Here, there are 125 miles of navigable, lock-free waterways – that’s more than Venice! Hire a boat for the day and explore the winding waterways together. If you are not confident enough to become a captain just yet, you can also hire bicycles to sightsee for the day. Bonus points if you locate a tandem!
For the royal treatment, swan around the Sandringham estate. With 24 acres of formal gardens and waymarked nature trails, there is plenty of space to social distance, hold hands, and whisper sweet nothings amongst the flowers.
Yorkshire has been known as God’s own country. The rolling countryside and varied coastline provide the perfect location for a multi-faceted honeymoon. From the Yorkshire Dales to the North York Moors, the landscape will leave you both utterly breathless.
Delve into Dalby forest for a day of exploration. There are 13 walking trails, 6 cycling trails, and 4 running trails so each nook and cranny will delight you with something new. If you’re looking for something even more adventurous, head to How Stean Gorge in the heart of Yorkshire. Here you will find a range of activities from gorge walking to abseiling, that will really test your partner’s trust! For a once in a lifetime experience, why not book to go up and way in a hot air balloon at Ripley Castle?
For a cute coastal getaway, Filey beach is a pristine location that you will never want to leave with soft sands, rock pools, and awe-inspiring views of the ocean. Further north, you will find the small harbour town of Whitby. The twist and turns of the streets will have you lost in love, not to mention that the fish and chips here are to die for and the abbey inspired the location of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Higher up the coast is the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. The streets take a steep incline throughout the village to give you panoramic views of the bay whilst the traditional buildings sit right along the cliff edge. There is plenty of independent shops and pubs to visit. The secluded beach will make you feel like you have a sweet slice of heaven all to yourself.
In a motorhome built for two
A motorhome holiday is an ideal way to explore the lengths of the country, cosy up with your significant other, and make some much-needed memories after this turbulent year! Motorhomes provide the perfect solution for a safe-cation, so you can be sure your miniature honeymoon is COVID safe and socially distanced.
Here at SwiftGo, we have a variety of motorhomes available for your honeymoon adventure. Our top of the range 2-berth motorhomes are the perfect size for couples, giving you the perfect cosy space to make some memories on the road.
Each of our motorhomes also come with 4G enabled Wi-Fi, meaning you can share your picture-perfect memories with your family and friends no matter where you roam!