Picnic walks

Picture it. A lazy, hazy, sun-kissed ramble. With family, partner, a posse of pals. Appetites fired, you smooth down the blanket and tuck into a sumptuous feast. The relaxed banter is accompanied by the low mooing of distant cows, the sigh of the waves breaking softly on the shore. Or, perhaps, the gentle trickle of a nearby stream, promising to lull you into a post-lunch snooze while the kids cool off in the crystal water. It’s a scene replayed the country over at a series of unforgettable secluded picnic spots. From sun-dappled glades to manicured lawns presided over by stately piles, we share our top picnic picks.

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Steam into the Severn Valley Country Park

Steam into the Severn Valley Country Park

Bring your picnic and arrive by steam train, the best way to see the peaceful, scenic valley of the River Severn.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Walking and hiking
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Picnic at Lanhydrock

Picnic at Lanhydrock

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

Countryside
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Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

If you’d like a little history with your sandwiches then take your picnic to Bradgate Park, a medieval park where herds of red and fallow deer still roam.

Location: Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Enjoy stunning views of the World Heritage City of Bath from the steep hill-top setting of Alexandra Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Low cost
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Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Surround yourself with thousands of years of history as you enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Portchester Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a picnic at Colemere park

Enjoy a picnic at Colemere park

Colemere is the only one of North Shropshire’s glacial meres to have a full circular walk right by the water’s edge.

Location: Ellesmere, Shropshire

Walking and hiking
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Sit back with a picnic and enjoy the view

Sit back with a picnic and enjoy the view

Rest your feet and enjoy your picnic whilst overlooking the beautiful scenery of the North Yorkshire coast.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Free
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Have a picnic in Cardingmill Valley

Have a picnic in Cardingmill Valley

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd offer breathtaking views across Shropshire but watch out for the sheep.

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

Activities
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Take a wander around Brothers Water

Take a wander around Brothers Water

The Lake District in Cumbria is famous for its stunning landscapes of lakes and fells and is the perfect place for family walks of all ages.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Tours and trails
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Dine al fresco at Leicestershire's Foxton Locks

Dine al fresco at Leicestershire's Foxton Locks

Whether you want to step off the beaten track or sit by the bustling canal-side, you’ll find your perfect spot at Foxton Locks.

Location: Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Lakes and waterways
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A family picnic walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs

A family picnic walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs

Follow part of the South West Coast Path National Trail to discover the World Heritage Jurassic Coast in east Devon – and meet over 400 donkeys.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

World heritage sites
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Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Established in the 16th Century Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park must be one of the oldest picnic areas in the country.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Family
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Take time out and relax with a Llama at Wellbeing Farm

Take time out and relax with a Llama at Wellbeing Farm

If you’re looking to try something difference with the kids, then try Llama Trekking through the beautiful West Pennine Moors.

Location: Bolton, Lancashire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Walk in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright

Walk in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright

Follow the Beamers trail through Witton Country Park, and onto the Yellow Hills above Blackburn.

Location: Witton Country Park, Blackburn, Lancashire

Walking and hiking
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Picnic at Rye House Gatehouse

Picnic at Rye House Gatehouse

The medieval Rye House Gatehouse makes an imposing background to any picnic.

Location: Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore the Norfolk Coast Path

Explore the Norfolk Coast Path

Start your trek along the Norfolk Coast Path and witness some of the most tranquil sights you can see along the coastline.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Coastal towns
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Stroll along the promenade

Stroll along the promenade

Take a seafront walk from Brighton to Hove, starting out at the iconic Brighton Pier, and heading west along the beachfront promenade.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Walking and hiking
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Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

Attractions
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Treasured secret garden in the heart of a Medieval city

Treasured secret garden in the heart of a Medieval city

More than a quarter of a century ago, a Victorian secret garden lay undiscovered in the heart of Norwich, virtually in ruin.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

City parks
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Explore the woodland gardens of Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Explore the woodland gardens of Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Lose yourself on the trails in this secret garden packed with rare trees and blooming shrubs.

Location: Bedale, North Yorkshire

Low cost

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