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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Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Pack up a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy the sea air on Southsea Common, the perfect place to spend a sunny Portsmouth afternoon.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

City parks
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Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Do you love to picnic? Visit NewcastleGateshead to experience the beautiful wildlife corridor that leads to the centre of Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

City parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Explore 300 acres of plants in one of the world's leading botanic gardens.

Location: Richmond, Greater London

Gardens and Parks
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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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Picnic at Corfe Castle

Picnic at Corfe Castle

Enjoy breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Washington is home to acres of beautiful green spaces, from sheltered woodland, open fields, riverside landscapes; all laden with walk and cycle ways.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Walking and hiking
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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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Picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Picture perfect Cornish setting.

Location: Daymer Bay, Cornwall

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Dinner at the Duver

Dinner at the Duver

Looking for a relaxing picnic spot to watch the world go by? Head to the former Victorian golf course at St Helen’s Duver.

Location: St Helens, Isle of Wight

Historic sites and icons
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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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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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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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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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Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Colchester's distinctive heritage comes to life at Castle Park. This site of national importance contains evidence of 2000 years of history.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Castles and Historic Properties
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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 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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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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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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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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