Six Ideas For Post-Lockdown, Socially-Distanced Countryside Dating

Monday, June 15th, 2020
Six Ideas For Post-Lockdown, Socially-Distanced Countryside Dating

It seems like spring 2020 has passed in the blink of an eye, in a strange new world which we call lockdown. Restrictions are being lifted, bit by bit, and now we can meet people from outside our own household, you may be starting to think about asking your countryside connection on a real-life, socially distanced date.

Whilst ‘normal’ dating options might still be out of bounds, here at Muddy Matches we’re embracing the notion of connecting with people outdoors. To inspire you, we’ve collected six outstanding, outdoorsy date ideas that will have you and your muddy match chatting and connecting. And don’t forget… kick off your date with that time-honoured phrase, ‘Nice two-metre you’.

1. A socially distanced BYO picnic

With the weather getting warmer each day, it’s time to pack up your picnic and head to the park or your favourite country spot for a walk and a picnic. It’s best to err on the side of caution, so we recommend you each pack your own picnic and crockery. But for a cute touch, why not discuss what to take in advance so you each pack the same?

2. Meeting for a walk in a newly-opened National Park or National Trust garden or estate

For this date idea you need to be prepared. We’re overjoyed that some of our very favourite outdoor spaces are re-opening for us to enjoy. Think wide-open, classic parks and estates, beautiful gardens replete with colourful flowers and awe-inspiring vistas that prompt deeper thought and conversation. You’ve got to book though, so make sure that you and your date book to arrive at the same time then meet in a pre-chosen place and while away a June afternoon together (but two metres apart). Take a look at the National Trust website to see which properties are now open and book your arrival slot.

3. Coffee and chat

Day by day, more cafes are opening for takeaway so, grab a cappuccino then sit down (don’t forget that two metres apart rule) and settle in for a chat. Much as we love video dates and phone calls, being able to see someone in real life, ready their body language and share ideas and conversation is absolutely unbeatable and will be all the more sweet for a three month wait.

4. Go on a nature walk

Throughout lockdown, we’ve really enjoyed keeping a close eye on nature with the BBC Springwatch live feeds, as well as observing birds and animals in our own gardens. A reduction in pollution means that nature is repairing and growing, so why not take your rural match on a nature walk to see what changes have happened around you? Your local nature trust will have a list of sites to visit, and indicate parking facilities too.

5. Socially distanced gardening

The recent warm weather followed by a good bout of rain has meant that our gardens are growing like crazy, and there is green, green, green all around us. Think your garden could do with a bit of TLC? Why not invite your date over and get to work together? Sharing an active, outdoors task means that you’re creating an experience together, and will let conversation flow organically. Remember that you still can’t invite anyone from outside your household into your home, so set up a table of drinks and food outside with a couple of chairs for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

6. Have a hack or bike ride

For the more active amongst you, you might really enjoy an exercise-focussed date. If you’re both passionate about horses, you could meet for a countryside hack. For those who own bicycles, we love the idea of meeting for a round trip. With your own transport, it makes social distancing a breeze, and there’s nothing like exercise in the fresh air, shared with a special someone, to make you feel full of summer joy.