The best places for a picnic in the UK
With International Picnic Day coming up on the 18th June, let’s hope that the weather plays ball so we can enjoy some al fresco dining! There’s just something so magical about eating outside – little sandwiches and sausage rolls accompanied by a glass of fizz while relaxing on a picnic blanket, bliss!
With a little help from some of my favourite hotels and tourist boards, I’ve put together a list of the best places to have a picnic in the UK. So pack up your (erm) pack up and pencil in the date to enjoy a munch at these perfect picnic spots. Don’t forget to observe social distancing and follow government guidelines at all times during your day out.
The Tyne Valley, Scotland
Submitted by The Stair Arms Hotel
“We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful area of Scotland and we’re surrounded by greenery! There are countless walking trails to get lost on, whether you’re heading to the beach or into the city of Edinburgh.
Only a five-minute walk along the road from our hotel we have the Tyne Valley and a beautiful spot right underneath the Lothian Bridge. It’s right next to the Tyne river and is a wonderful local picnic spot. It’s really beautiful and we’re so lucky to have it on our doorstep.
We are also only a 15-minute drive or 45-minute cycle to Musselburgh where you can head on a rare sunny Scottish day to picnic on the beach!
We’ve become quite fond of picnics this lockdown as it’s a great way to spend a socially distanced day out!”
Mallards Pike Lake, the Forest of Dean
Submitted by Wye Dean Tourism
Mallards Pike Lake is a beautiful lake with a footpath all the way around. There are plenty of picnic benches and grassy spots for a picnic and there is a cafe and toilets on site too. It’s a short walk to New Fancy which has a viewpoint looking out over the forest which is perfect for birdwatching and the family cycle trail is close by. Perfect for a day out in the Forest of Dean.
Little Holbeck, North York Moors
Submitted by Carr House Farm
“This picnic spot is free for guests to use when they stay here with us at Carr House Farm, Ampleforth North Yorkshire. It’s situated at the side of Little Holbeck which is set on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park and in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is part of our “back garden”. If you are quiet you will probably see deer taking their lunch and there are woodpeckers who nest here every year.”
Great Cambrian Mountains picnic sites
Submitted by The Cambrian Mountains
Coed y Bont community woodland, near Pontrhydfendigaid, Tregaron, Ceredigion
Step into Cambrian Mountains nature for this great picnic site located at the beginning of a woodland trail. Sit and eat your lunch bought from the nearby Siop y Bont and have the company of over 80 species of birds looking on with envious eyes. You can even eat in a purpose-built pagoda. At night this is a Dark Sky Discovery Site.
Llyn Brianne reservoir, near Rhandirmwyn, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire
Pick up an amazing pre-prepared hamper from the local La Patisserie in the Cambrian Mountains gateway town of Llandovery and head up the Tywi Valley. Sit here and be surrounded by the dark waters of Llyn Brianne. It’s a short walk to the spectacular dam spill way and beyond this there’s an RSPB nature reserve.
Elan Valley Trail, Elan Valley, near Rhayader, Powys
Known as the “Lake District of Wales”, follow this awesome trail and choose one of many picnic spots along the way. You’ll pass three massive reservoirs then you can sit and relax. Take in the peacefulness and solitude of this popular Cambrian Mountains destination. Snacks and drinks can be collected from the nearby Elan Valley Visitor Centre or in Rhayader.
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