Here’s why hiking is the best first date idea !

Enjoy a Romantic Hiking Adventure

If you are looking for the perfect romantic escape for the afternoon and the movies or a restaurant are a little cliched, have you considered exploring the great outdoors? A hike can be a great way to get away from crowds, cellphones and other distractions to see each other in a natural setting.

Peace and quiet, beautiful scenery and nothing to distract you from each other –  a well-prepared romantic hiking date could be the perfect way to get to know each other better and launch your relationship to the next level.

Here are three reasons you should seriously consider exploring the local countryside for your next date:

Getting to know each other

When it is just the two of you and nature, you will find a unique opportunity to see your date as he really is, with no pretence or artificiality. And he will get the chance to see you in the same light!

A hike is a very personal matter on a number of levels. Whoever chooses the route will no doubt be showing off what they see as one of their favourite places or experiences. It is almost like baring a little bit of one’s soul.

Shared adventure

In Speed, Keanu Reeves reminded us that relationships based on intense experiences never work, so you might want to save scaling Kilimanjaro for a future date, but getting just a little bit lost together and experiencing some “mild peril” and adventure, whether it is improvising a crossing over a stream or negotiating a field full of farm animals, can definitely bring you closer together.

It will also give you a heads up and time to end things if you discover he has been concealing a morbid terror of sheep or cows.

No pressure

If you are sitting gazing at each other across a table in a restaurant, you can both feel under pressure to be witty and interesting, while exhibiting just the right amount of eye contact. Walking along a trail, through the woods or side by side means you have far less pressure to “perform.”

If neither of you has much to say, a companionable silence does not feel out of place, and the ever-changing scenery provides a range of things to talk about.

On the other hand, if things are going well, you have the option to stop, sit down and engage in as much eye contact as you want.

Relax, be safe and enjoy

Going backpacking in a remote location would not be recommended for a safe first date, but for a couple who have been out a few times, a gentle hike can be a great way to get to know each other better.

Choose a spot with amazing features and views, pack a picnic, and when it comes to distance, focus on quality rather than quantity, and you can’t go wrong.


About the Author 

Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.


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