Plan a detective date for an alternative Valentine's Day

Take your partner on a unique adventure with Treasure Trails this Valentine’s Day for a date with a difference.

Discover how well you and your sleuthing sidekick work as a team while bonding over hard-to-solve problems and admiring the beautiful setting of your chosen location. Stumble across hidden gems and twisting tales along the way, turning a simple romantic walk into a memorable experience.

You don't have to ditch the flowers and chocolate for your detective date; make a day of it and do the lot! Plus, with over 1,200 Trails across the UK, you're bound to find one close to a cosy cafe or restaurant - perfect for a daring duo to relax after cracking the case.

Valentine's Day Detective Date

The 14 most romantic Trail locations 

Take a peek below at the top 14 most romantic Trails in the UK for you and your loved one to try on your detective date. If you can’t get there in a day, don't worry - you're sure to find a Trail just as special close by, and you might even get a couple of ideas for a romantic getaway for 2023!

1. Grasmere (Lake District, Cumbria)

Grasmere


Explore the staggering beauty of the village that has inspired generations of painters and poets. Hunt for the treasure before solving the Trail at St Oswald’s Church, the final resting place of Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

2. Bath (Somerset)

Bath


Team up like Sherlock and Dr Watson and crack the code on this spy mission. You’ll feel like you are stepping into a period drama surrounded by the beautiful Georgian architecture as you take on this Trail à deux.

3. Durdle Door (Dorset)

Durdle Door

Solve the whodunnit on this detective mystery exploring the World Heritage Site steeped in archaeological history; the perfect detective date for palaeontology loving partners.

4. Bourton-on-the-Water (Gloucestershire)

Bourton on the Water

Take a journey through this scenic village described as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. Solve the detective mystery as you visit the five bridges that stretch over the River Windrush.

5. Porthcurno (Cornwall)

Porthcurno

Journey through some of Cornwall’s most beautiful, romantic coastline as you and your partner hunt for the treasure, finishing at the Minack Theatre perched high on the cliff tops above Porthcurno Beach.

6. Cambridge (Cambridgeshire)

Cambridge

Hunt high and low through Cambridge’s high street for clues on this treasure hunt Trail. Wander through the historic University Colleges and soak up the century-old stories of romantic authors, poets and artists passing through the college walls.

7. Windsor (Berkshire)

Windsor

Prepare yourselves for a right Royal adventure on this treasure hunt Trail, following in the footsteps of generations of royal couples. Turn the romance up a notch as you take a gentle stroll around glorious gardens and along the rippling riverside while searching for the clues. 

8. Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire)

Stratford on Avon

The course of true love never did run smooth. You and your spouse will have to work together to avoid quarrels on this treasure hunt exploring the hometown and final resting place of England’s most famous wordsmith, William Shakespeare.

9. Oxford (Oxfordshire)

Oxford

Weave through the ‘city of dreaming spires’ and its historic, cobbled streets as you crack the code on the spy mission Trail. See the ancient heart of Oxford and learn some amazing stories. 

10. Edinburgh (Lothian, East Scotland)

Edinburgh

‘Buckle yer kilt’ and prepare for adventure on this treasure hunt Trail surrounding Edinburgh. Twist and turn through the ancient streets and learn about the city’s famous historical figures.

11. York (North Yorkshire)

York

Solve the clues on this detective mystery Trail perfect for sweet-toothed lovers. Unwrap the stories behind Terry’s and Rowntree whilst exploring these picturesque ‘chocolate-box streets’.

12. St. Ives (Cornwall)

St Ives

Super sleuths will need to put their detective hats on to solve this mystery Trail while exploring St Ives’ cobbled streets. Medieval inns and quaint fisherman’s cottages are all part of the picturesque route.

13. Notting Hill (London)

Notting Hill

I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to solve a Treasure Trail with her. Explore the bustling Portobello Road in this quirky and colourful part of London on a detective mystery Trail.

14. Portree (Isle of Skye, West Scotland)

Portree

This Trail starts by the sea and leads you around this pretty village and harbour town on the Isle of Skye. Will you and your partner be able to find the treasure?


The perfect Valentine’s gift

Looking for a way to make your local Trail adventure into a romantic gift? Take a peek at personalised Treasure Trails! Simply choose the place you’d like to explore and select ‘Personalised by You’ – you get the option to change the Trail title and the image on the front. Ideal for a unique date for you and your other half.

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