Best places for a marriage proposal in Devon and Cornwall

Romantic breaks

Do you only love your partner on Valentine’s Day? Of course you don’t. As the most romantic day on the calendar makes its way towards us, our thoughts focus on our significant others. We head to the florists, make bookings at our favourite fine dining establishments, and arrange that all important mini-break for two in the country or city by the sea – love is most definitely in the air! But whilst its good to go along with the crowd, why confine your romance to a single weekend once a year? We know a thing or two about places that are romantic all year round, even at night, and in the deepest winter! Devon and Cornwall are traditional holiday destinations - you don’t even have to use romance as an excuse to go, but it’s a good one.

So, it’s time to take your relationship to that next level. This is the girl, this is the guy, dreams of a white wedding, and aspirations for a happy life together all combine – yet it all starts with the proposal. Think yourself lucky that many of the courting traditions have been expelled from modern life – no fraught, laboured negotiations with the future father-in-law if you are the bridegroom-to-be or fretting over dowries for the bride-to-be - Millennials and Generation X have it easy. All you need these days is a place. We’ve made this even easier for you by tapping into our collective romantic side. Here are a few ideas for backdrops to, potentially, one of the most significant moments of your life.

Devon

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe

tunnels beach

This potential spot for a marriage proposal is also home to a wedding venue – a romantic location in central Ilfracombe with a procession of tunnels interlinking some secluded beaches at the bottom of striking, wild cliffs. There are amazing views out over the Bristol Channel and lots of quiet areas to choose from for your magic moment. There is a small fee to visit the Tunnel Beaches.

Bucks Mills, near Clovelly

bucks mills

If remote, rocky beaches stir romantic feelings in you, Bucks Mills is a fantastic spot with elevated views over Bideford Bay. The South West Coast Path crosses through the village leading to unspoilt clifftop woodlands. Down at sea level there is a waterfall, rock pools and sandy access to water. On a clear day you can see across the bay to Baggy Point and Lundy, ten miles out to sea. Bucks Mills is a great, tucked away spot, characterised by the ruins of a mill, deep woodlands, and links to the artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards. A real candidate for a secret and special kind of location to propose.

Barricane Beach, Woolacombe

Barricane

Looking to propose to your lover at sunset? Well, North Devon has got several west facing beaches, but our favourite is the narrow Barricane Beach, a SSSI which can be found beyond the northern end of Woolacombe Beach. Cut off from the main stretch of wide beach that runs south from the latter to Putsborough; it is delightfully defined by the rockpools and craggy rock outcrops that gild its high edges. You can find shells that have washed in from the Caribbean here, so keep an eye out from some beauties. Barricane Beach is quieter and lesser known offering plenty of space and time to enjoy a romantic, personally historic sunset naturally curated just for you. Check tide times before making those ‘all-crucial’ plans.

Lynton

Lynton

Lynton is the elevated sister of the sea level Lynmouth. Some of the highest and most panoramic beauty spots can be found in Lynton particularly along the South West Coast Path between the town and the Valley of The Rocks, one mile away to the west. If you like breath taking panoramas over the sea and the town below, Lynton is a great choice; on clear days you can see the peaks of the mountains in Wales. Keep an eye out for dolphins, frequent visitors to North Devon waters. Lynton and Lynmouth have many fine eateries too, so if all the romance makes you hungry, you won’t be caught out.

The River Dart

The River Dart has been described as the English equivalent to the Rhine in Germany. Why not propose to your loved one on the water? The Picnic Boat is an inspired choice, available for private charter from Dartmouth. You can enjoy a fully-prepared lunch whilst floating along this entirely gorgeous part of South Devon. You could also propose in privacy in the small waterside village of Dittisham where the boat turns around. This is a unique and memorable way to mark your special occasion.

Cornwall

Kynance Cove

One of the most romantic spots in Cornwall is on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula. Take a two-mile cliff top walk along the South West Coast Path from Lizard Point – the most southerly tip of British mainland, to arrive at one of Cornwall’s best-loved beaches. Hidden away along a remote stretch of coast, this cove is distinctive for its rock formations and lovely café. West facing, you can watch the sunset, making it a classic Cornish spot for a marriage proposal.

Pendennis Point

Falmouth’s peninsula Pendennis Point is surrounded by wide waterways around the town – Carrick Roads, Falmouth Bay, The Penryn River and out into the English Channel. You can also take in the St Anthony’s Lighthouse at the end of the Roseland Peninsula, and St Mawes Castle across the way. Gigantic cargo ships drop anchor out in the bay awaiting their turn to unload or pick up their crates. You feel like you’re a part of a wonderful piece of manmade and natural theatre. This is a really romantic spot with so much to see all year round!

Cape Cornwall

If you really want to sweep your partner off their feet, take a trip to what was once the edge of the known world – Cape Cornwall, a few miles north of Land’s End (and within sight of it). This is where the Atlantic mixes with the English Channel. You can climb to the top of a small hill to the foot of an old chimney stack, where you can see the Scilly Isles on the horizon and the occasional dolphin and basking shark. A true natural haven, this lesser known but no less prolific spot is pure Cornwall for romantics.

Botallack Mines

Fans of Cornish literature like Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham (writer of the Poldark novels) will enjoy the dramatic landscapes at Botallack. This is where the tin industry of 200 years ago met the deep and mysterious Atlantic Ocean. Imagine yourself to be one of Du Maurier’s heroes or heroines when you fix your eyes on the crashing waves, the sheer cliffs and the ruined engine houses that clutch themselves to the nearest rockface. What better place to hold your loved one close and whisper the words “marry me” into their ear?

Brown Willy, Bodmin Moor

Silly names aside, one of the best views and a feeling of jubilance at reaching it combine for maximum marriage proposal potential. Brown Willy is a hill on Bodmin Moor – its summit is the highest point in Cornwall, at 420 m above sea level, and you can see the whole planet from up there (at least it seems that way!) After you’ve caught your breath and taken in the view, we think that Brown Willy is an amazing, well-earned spot for those of you in love that want to pop the big question!

We have an excellent collection of holiday cottages close to all of the romantic spots we’ve picked. Why not take a look at our romantic cottages to feel inspired and enjoy an unforgettable break with your loved one?

With our map below, you can see where all of the romantic spots in Devon and Cornwall listed above are located.

Posted by Ed on 8th February 2018