Outdoor Dating

Thursday, September 06th, 2012

an old bycycle resting on a brick wall

We may not have had the best summer weather on record, but now that it’s autumn we might just get that sunshine that we were promised. If we do, here are some fun ideas for outdoor activities for a first date and beyond.

First dates

For a first date, it’s important to meet in a public place where you can get to know each other and it’s also a good idea to have something to talk about.

Meeting in a public garden is a fantastic way to spark conversation and to make the most of a sunny day, many also hold events like food festivals or dog shows. Follow the links to find a list of beautiful gardens across the UK and Ireland to visit on your outdoor date.

Blenheim Palace and Gardens
Why not try a garden for your first date?

Another option is to attend an open air event like an airshow, concert or fireworks display with your country loving date. Just remember to take a blanket and a warm jumper if the event is going on until the evening.

Getting to know each other

When you’ve been on a few dates and are still getting to know each other, it’s a good idea to spend some time alone away from other distractions, like the TV or loud music, so getting out and about is the key.

Walking is one of the most popular activities among members on Muddy Matches; from dog walking to hiking and is a great way to get out and explore the beautiful countryside together. It’s also a free activity, assuming that you don’t spend a fortune on a pub lunch on route. Plan a route in advance or grab a walking guide to help you to get the most out of your experience.

Some public reservoirs and nature reserves have set routes, with information about the local wildlife, making it ridiculously easy to plan your walk. If you prefer to explore on two wheels, then cycling is also a great way to get out into the countryside.

A man climbing up a rock with a woman supporting him
Climbing can be a fun way to get to know each other

For those with a head for heights, there are outdoor climbing walls across the UK and Ireland, where you can put your trust in your partner’s hands. If you’re both experienced climbers, you could go rock climbing to really experience your natural surroundings.

If the weather really takes a turn for the worse (we have been known to have snow in September) then there’s always Sledging!

If you’re tempted by our outdoor date ideas and are looking for a countryside lover to share them with try searching by interests on our online dating site.