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Make Valentine’s weekend a little more lovely

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s with a date or some mates, these day trip ideas will have you feeling the love without travelling too far.

The Mendips

Head to these limestone hills south of Bristol for numerous walking routes and stunning scenery. The 50-mile Mendip Way starts in Roman port Uphill and finishes in old market town Frome, via the central Mendip plateau, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. A more laid-back stroll is the Three Priddy Droves route, with its many wildlife corridors and bird-spotting opportunities. Wherever you go in the Mendips you can be sure of a beautiful day out passing through woodlands, valleys and historic old towns with proper country pubs and tiny cafes.

Balloon ride

What better time to tick something off the bucket list than on Valentine’s Day? Bristol Balloons will have you up in air for not much more than £100 and the experience is worth every penny. Taking off from the beautiful Ashton Court Estate, you’ll have fabulous panoramic views of the Suspension Bridge, Avon Gorge, and beyond.

Spa day

Take your cue from the Romans who believed that good health came from bathing, eating, massages and exercise, and book yourself and a friend in for a day of relaxation at a spa. In Bristol you’re just 13 miles from the only naturally hot, mineral-rich waters in the UK – Thermae Bath Spa, fed by these geothermal springs, has open-air thermal baths, steam rooms and ice chambers, as well as plenty of massage and facial treatments on offer. In Bristol itself you also have the Victorian Lido in Clifton and Bannatyne Spa in Redland for some more local luxury. 

Tandem bike ride

It takes two to tandem… Borrow a bike from Bristol Tandem Hire on Princes Wharf to see the city in a totally new way, or take to the Bristol and Bath Railway Path to explore the cycleway that once belonged to the first railway link between the two cities. Consider taking a group and renting out several tandems for a day of hilarious bonding – stopping off for coffees and food en route is a must.

Caitlin Bowring

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