National Picnic Week: The Top 10 Picnic Spots

Scotch eggs at the ready! 16-22 June marks National Picnic Week. Here are some of BBC Countryfile Magazine’s favourite picnic spots…

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Kensington Gardens, London
Enjoy a picnic in the Royal Gardens whether you choose to relax by the Round Pond, visit Kensington Palace, admire the Albert Memorial or simply bask in the glorious surroundings. Kensington Gardens is very picturesque and you will not fall short of something to do or see.

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Corfe Castle, Dorset
There is far more to Corfe than just the Castle which governs the Purbeck Hills, although it makes a wonderful landscape for a picnic as you surround yourself with history. Turn a picnic into a day out by visiting the Model Village, the Animal Rescue Centre and the Parish Church. You can also stroll around the village, explore the Purbeck Hills and, if you have time, ride a steam train to Swanage.

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick
Relish the moment as you enjoy your picnic surrounded by an ancient stone circle, named as one of Britain’s most impressive prehistoric sites. You will also be able to look onto four of the tallest peaks in the Lake District.

Warkworth Hermitage, Northumberland
Nearby Warkworth Castle, the serene patch of Warkworth Hermitage is ideal for a picnic. Only accessible by water, choosing this location for a picnic becomes an event as you must adventure across the river. Take in the fresh air, the peaceful atmosphere and the small chapel and explore this unusual yet idyllic picnic location. Make sure to check the website before visiting as Warkworth Hermitage is only accessible on certain days.

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokshire
A picnic will enhance any visit to this award-winning beach, particularly as all facilities are at least half a mile away over the cliff. Expect golden sands and crystal clear water at Barafundle Beach, one of Britain’s best beaches. Whether you decide to dip in the sea, explore the sand dunes, rock pools and caves or just take in the stunning natural views, the tranquil atmosphere is a perfect picnic setting.

Family Walking Along Beach With Picnic Basket

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Revel at the beauty of this estate in the company of the park’s wildlife whilst also participating in various activities. Tatton Park hosts various events ranging from workshops and demonstrations to headline concerts and fireworks. Check the website for more details about their upcoming schedule.

Bowlees Picnic Area, Durham
Look on in awe at the four waterfalls which act as the backdrop to this picnic site. Take a walk along the riverside and venture the short 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.

Devil’s Dyke, East Sussex
Discover Britain’s longest, deepest and widest dry valley whilst surrounded by breathtaking panoramas and colourful wildlife. Its raised position allows for fantastic views over the English Channel and South Downs and is a perfect location for kite-flying and hill-rolling. A perfect spot for a picnic which combines beautiful scenery with a fun day out.

Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothian
Comprising just under 1,000 acres, Beecraigs Country Park has a lot to offer. From picturesque walking and cycling routes to orienteering, kayaking and horse-riding, there is something to occupy everyone. The deer farm and fishery are also ideal for animal lovers. Find a spot to picnic in or utilise the park’s barbecue hire. If a day isn’t enough, there are also caravan and camping sites allowing you to extend your visit from a picnic to a mini-break.

Marsden Bay, South Tyneside
Combine a picnic with a trip to the beach, particularly on a sunny day as Marsden Bay acts as a sun-trap and wind-shelter. Explore the caves hidden beneath the limestone cliffs and observe the skies as the location is renown for its seabird colonies.
 

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For more information about National Picnic Week, visit the official website.