Love is in the air!

Published: Tuesday 14th Jan 2020

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's not too late to book your romantic get away – or you can celebrate Galentine's Day (a celebration of friendship) with a group of your nearest and dearest.

For those looking for love, why not follow a local tradition in Abbotsbury and climb to the chapel on the hill above the village. It became custom until the last 19th century for the young women of Abbotsbury looking for a husband to go to the chapel and invoke the aid of St Catherine. They would put a knee in one of the wishing holes in the south doorway, their hands in the other two holes, and make a wish.

There are walks galore which will take you to some of the best secret hidden spots in Dorset: the church in the woods close to the Ashley Chase estate, Church Ope Cove on Portland and St Gabriel's, a lost village in the shadow of Golden Cap. Some beautiful strolls to enjoy with the one(s) you love most. If you are looking to bring you four-legged friend then try Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door, or Weymouth Beach for a stroll in the sand!

If you want to celebrate in style, there are some unique and special places to eat – The Station Kitchen West Bay – A former railway station and carriage which has been lovingly restored to create a atmospheric space to enjoy a meal together. Continuing the train theme, The Swanage Steam Railway run a special Valentine's dining train - check their website for more information. In Dorchester you can visit ReLoved Vintage Tea Rooms and Basement Bar for some cake and tea or evening cocktails, an eclectic and interesting building over 3 floors with something for everyone!

If you are visiting and planning on popping the question then here are a few local locations to keep in mind! The Cobb, Lyme Regis – Used as a location for TV adaptations of both ‘Persuasion’ and ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ a proposal here would be a dream to any lover of literature. Corfe Castle in the fading light at this time of year is a dreamy spot, get down on one knee here and the answer is sure to be yes! Or, if you believe in ancient folklore why not go to Cerne Abbas and pop the question in the shadow of the Cerne Abbas Giant – he is believed to bless couples with fertility and a long and happy marriage!