THIS February 14, take your Valentine to one of the most romantic places in Britain – The New Forest.

Bursting with breathtaking views, beautiful places to stay, great food to eat and secret spots to spend time with the one you love most, the New Forest is perfect for making Valentine memories. Here are our top ten places:

1 Grab a photo beside the road-sign in the village of Lover near Redlynch (Ok, it’s pronounced ‘Lowver’, but no one will tell if you don’t.)

2 Shelter beneath the ancient boughs of the Knightwood Oak – at 600 years old and more than seven metres round, it’s bound to bring the blessing of longevity to your relationship

3 Take time to experience the Crystal Steam Room at SenSpa in Careys Manor Hotel.

Like being under multi-coloured starry, starry skies. And the extra bonus of being beautifully warm…

4 Treat them to something a little different with an afternoon tapas & sweet treats at the beautiful Burley Manor. Vibrant & rustic dishes crafted from the very best seasonal ingredients and infused with flavours of the Mediterranean. Served with a glass of Prosecco, makes for the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day afternoon.

5 Tell them you love them at the New Forest’s highest point, Piper’s Wait, near Bramshaw, Lyndhurst. They’ll feel on top of (this part of) the world!

6 Take a drive down the beautiful Ornamental Drive, home of some of the tallest trees in the New Forest – although looking its best during the autumn season, there is just something so magical about this location all year round.

Stop off a take a stroll on the Tall Trees Trail along the way - a 1.5 mile gentle walk through the trees of the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.

7 Stand atop the seven arches of the bridge spanning the River Avon at Fordingbridge and take in the beautiful view.

8 Walk the 1.5 miles from Milford-on-Sea to experience the lonely beauty of Hurst Spit.

Although the castle won’t be open ,you’ll be standing so far into the Solent that you’ll feel as if you can reach out and touch the Isle of Wight.

9 Show them how ‘deer’ they are to your heart by taking them to the platform overlooking the Deer sanctuary at Bolderwood. Sightings cannot be guaranteed, but you’ll have fun looking.

10 Enjoy an Italian influenced lunch or dinner, created by Michelin star chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder, at Lime Wood Hotel relaxed, stylish and comfortable restaurant, Hartnett Holder & Co.

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