10 OF THE BEST UK PICNIC SPOTS

2nd August 2019

After creating your own garden and spending time entertaining family and friends, or completely relaxing on your comfortable rattan garden suite, why not head for the great outdoors and make the most of nature, take the time to pack your favourite summer lunch, pack a picnic blanket and set off to find the perfect spot for a picnic and enjoy lunch at your own pace.

Here in the UK, we are picnic connoisseurs, probably due to our changeable weather which prepares us to be ready to take any opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the many landscapes on offer.

Throwing a picnic together and venturing into the great outdoors is a great option for a spontaneous day out whether you are visiting a local beauty spot or just heading for your local park.

Both adults and children can benefit from spending some time enjoying nature whether it is listening to the birds or letting children run wild and burn off some excess energy, with the promise of a tasty picnic you will have no problem in getting the whole family outside to explore.

It’s sometimes difficult to decide where to go to enjoy a day out with a difference, whether you enjoy following the country trails, walking up hills or mountains, or perhaps enjoying the peaceful grounds of a stately home or castle, relaxing on a beach, there is sure to be a perfect spot for a picnic somewhere near you.

Where to picnic in Buckinghamshire

If you live in Buckinghamshire you could visit Brill, which is situated 13 miles west of Aylesbury, where a popular past-time is running up and down ‘the humps and bumps’ or the hillocks as they are known followed by a family picnic on a blanket.

Visit the historic windmill which had substantial restoration work done in 2009 which preserved the building’s fabric and the mill machinery. The windmill is now owned by the village and is open to visitors every Sunday afternoon in the summer, and is well worth a visit.

Where to picnic in Staffordshire

Cannock Chase, Staffordshire is known as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It has a varied and breathtaking landscape and a plethora of birds and wildlife. There are lots of walks and cycle trails, as well as war memorials, museums and the remains of an iron age hill fort.

There is also a play area for youngsters, so plenty to keep everyone happy and make for a lovely day out in the fresh air - or several in fact as you couldn’t cover everything in one trip or ever become bored with the place. And if you take your picnic and picnic blanket you can stop and enjoy lunch wherever you are and whenever you are ready.

Where to picnic in Northumberland

Lordenshawe, Northumberland - Park your car at Lordenshawe and head up the steep climb, and on your way look out for red grouse and curlew. Once you get to the top you will have certainly worked up an appetite so get out the picnic blanket and your picnic while taking in the wonderful panoramic view over the Northumberland countryside. Afterwards enjoy a fun game of hide and seek in the rock formations. When ready you can head for home the way you came or do a whole loop.

Where to picnic in The Brecon Beacons

Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons - Make your way down the banks of the River Usk, and if you are feeling brave indulge in some wild swimming (there is a large deep pool beneath the arched medieval bridge }, but you can also paddle for miles along the path upriver, or sunbathe on the flat river rocks exposed during the summer months. Wild grassy acres on the Crickhowell side provide ideal conditions for ball games, or just relax and take in the stunning panorama of the Black Mountains.

Where to picnic in The Highlands

Loch Lubnaig, Highlands - There are picnic tables on the beach of Loch Lubnaig, a cabin selling hot and cold drinks and food, toilets and a campsite if you wish to stay longer. This is a great stop if you’re driving to or from the Western Isle, and a lovely introduction to the lochs on your way north.

Where to picnic in The Peak District

Derwent Dam, Peak District - The foot of the dam is a firm favourite, especially in the spring when the snow melt tends to make the flow of water faster, louder and more mesmerising.. The dam itself is protected by the Peak District Hills and ancient woods. If you don’t fancy a blanket then there is a small picnic table area south of the dam, and if you have any crumbs left birds will perch on your hand and eat them. As you are in the Peaks stop by Bakewell on your way for one of their well known Bakewell tarts, and maybe walk off the desert by walking to the top of the dam..

Where to picnic in Dorset

Studland Beach Dorset - There are four miles of soft sands and sheltered water. Studland Bay owned by National Trust is the perfect place for unwinding, relaxing and spending quality time and is a great place for a family picnic, its safe and traffic free for children and pets, plus shallow bays for paddling. There is a lovely meadow, ideal for an afternoon stroll to walk off the effects of your picnic.

Where to picnic in The Cotswalds

Nothing can beat a picnic on a sunny day at Croome.

Church Hill is an ideal place to take in the views towards the house and the Malvern Hills, or a short walk to the Rotunda gives great views to the outer parkland. There are picnic benches near the wild play area so that you can relax and watch the children have fun making dens in the play area. There are picnic tables near the children’s play area at the Visitor Centre or on the south lawn by the house.

Chill out in one of the deckchairs scattered around the lakeside and see if you can spy the many dragonflies fluttering around the waters edge or the heron that sometimes makes an appearance.

Find a shady spot amongst the trees near the wild play area, Rotunda, lakeside, near the old boathouse or go exploring and find your own secluded spot. Feeling energetic? Then a walk to the Park Seat, a lovely setting for a picnic and to enjoy the views of the serpentine river and the house.

Along the west side of the river, there is a tree with a bench all the way around, an excellent place for a picnic with some stunning views.

Where to picnic in London

Greenwich Park Flower Garden, London.

Finding a quiet spot in London’s parks can be a challenge in summer, but you can escape the crowds and work up an appetite by making your way to the very top of this park for a picnic in the peaceful flower garden. Enjoy lunch surrounded by exquisite floral displays, and then wander through the woodland to visit the small herd of red and fallow deer.

Another of London’s hidden gems the TimeOut award-winning location surrounds Holland House. A Jacobean mansion, Koi carp swim at the foot of a waterfall in the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens while the park’s 55 acres are filled with dahlia flowers. There is a children’s playground to keep them entertained, and many secluded spots to enjoy a picnic from.

Where to picnic in North Wales

North Wales and the North West of England - Snowdonia with the largest mountain in Wales, wooded valleys and endless trails to walk Snowdonia National Park is an amazing place.

Go hill walking on the trails, follow some incredible mountain biking routes, or take a leisurely ride on the Snowdon mountain railway. Another stunning location is Dolbadarn Castle, Snowdonia, 80ft above Llyn Padarn lake, the tower is all that remains of this once great castle whose grounds make a great place to picnic.

With views as far as the eye can see, lunch in true welsh style in Snowdonia.

Where to picnic in the North of England

Visit Dunham Massey spread out your picnic blanket on the lawn in the gardens or wander to the North Park where you will find picnic benches with beautiful parkland and a log pile and fallen trees for children to explore. See if you can spot the herd of fallow deer hiding under the trees. With over 300 acres of beautiful parkland, this is an excellent place for roaming wild and exploring.

Hare Hill is another tranquil woodland garden worthy of a visit. Take a stroll around the new white borders in the walled garden and enjoy the wide variety of plants.

The walled garden is an ideal place to relax, take a peep inside the greenhouse to see what’s growing, you could also try a Tai Chi class which is held regularly in the garden.

Explore the wooded garden which children will find exciting, and let them follow the Wind in the Willows trail.

Formby Beach, Liverpool has a glorious sandy beach perfect for building sandcastles. There are coastal walks, dog walking, horse riding and wave jumping, kite flying, or just spend a lazy day on the beach.

Bring your picnic and enjoy the wonderful sea view or if you are feeling energetic explore the beautiful woodlands surrounding Formby and see if you can spot the rare red squirrels.

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