With spring just around the corner, there’s no simpler way to catch up with friends or spend quality time with family than sharing a picnic in the great outdoors. Packing a hamper and venturing to a local picnic spot is the perfect way to let the little ones burn off energy and spend some time in nature, and the UK offers a variety of idyllic locations to do so. From the highlands of Scotland to the castle grounds of Wales, we’ve compiled seven of the best picnic spots in the UK, below.
7 of the best picnic spots in the UK:
1. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower (Wales)
Looking for some of the best picnic spots in Wales? This award-winning bay is home to a soft and sandy beach positioned next to the rocky coves, making it the ideal picnic spot for you to relax while the kids explore. Prefer to be a little more active? The Gower offers a range of outdoor activities for the whole family to take part in – from pony trekking to water sports and historical walking tours, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
2. Richmond Park (London)
Want to escape the city and head to the best picnic spot near London? We’ve got you covered. Famous for its herds of deer, Richmond Park is a truly tranquil picnic place, despite being a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of London. As one of London’s eight royal parks, it covers 2,500 acres of land and is home to rare species of birds, beetles, bats and wildflowers. So, pack your nature book in your picnic hamper and enjoy all the wildlife!
3. Loch Lubnaig, Highlands (Scotland)
If you live in Scotland and you’re wondering where to go for a picnic, the Highlands are your best bet. In particular, Loch Lubnaig is a small but beautiful stretch of freshwater nestled between the mountains of Ben Ledi and Benvane, making it one of the most scenic backdrops for a picnic. Making a stay of it? Whether you’re looking for the comfort of a campsite or the solitude of ‘wild camping’, Loch Lubnaig offers plenty of places to immerse yourself in some of the spectacular scenery of Scotland. Just be sure to prepare for the great outdoors with all of the camping essentials you’ll need while you’re there!
4. Dolbadarn Castle, Snowdonia (Wales)
Another one of the best picnic spots in Wales is nestled in Snowdonia. Perched 80 feet above Llyn Padarn Lake, the tower is all that remains of Dolbadarn Castle, whose grounds make the best place for a picnic. To combine the fun of an old-fashioned picnic with the romance of a ride on a vintage train that offers views of the beautiful Snowdonian landscape, jump aboard the Llanberis Lake Railway. With views as far as the eye can see, you can lunch in true Welsh style!
5. Baddesley Clinton (Warwickshire)
Based in the Midlands and not sure where to go for a picnic? Try Baddesley in Warwickshire. Dining in the open air with friends and family is one of the greatest pleasures of the warmer months, and there are lots of picturesque spots in Baddesley to enjoy your well packed picnic. Recline on the front lawn while your little ones play by the activity tent, pack a blanket to enjoy a woodland picnic by the play trail, or take a seat on one of the benches in the barnyard – super handy for enjoying an ice cream after you’ve finished off your picnic!
6. Lydford Gorge (Devon)
This is the deepest gorge in south-west England, and it includes a beautiful ancient oak woodland. Build up an appetite by following a bubbling stream along a great ravine, before arriving at some beautiful waterfalls. Lydford Gorge is also home to an orchard, with lots of space to spread picnic blankets and a children’s play area. If you’re planning to stop for a spot of lunch by the river, a waterproof roll mat is highly recommended!
7. Bowlees Picnic Area (Durham)
Last up in our list of the best picnic spots in the UK is Bowlees in Durham. Bowlees picnic area is in Upper Teasdale, with four waterfalls that act as the backdrop to this picnic site – so be sure to take your camera for some scenic snaps! As one of the best picnic spots in Durham, you can take a walk along the riverside and venture the distance to the High Force waterfall – a spectacle not to be missed. High Force is England’s largest waterfall with a drop of 21 metres. There’s a riverside footpath leading from the picnic area which takes you to Gibson’s Cave – named after an infamous outlaw who hid behind the waterfall!
And that concludes our guide to the some of the best picnic spots in the UK. All that’s left to do now is pack up some grub and rally the troops to one of these fine picnic locations dotted around the country.
Making a stay of it?
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