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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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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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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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

Picturesque places
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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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Enjoy a picnic and a walk steeped in history in east London

Enjoy a picnic and a walk steeped in history in east London

Three Mills Island hosts a four mile Mills and Thrills circular walk in this area of the Lee Valley, allowing you to explore London through the ages.

Location: Bromley-by-Bow, London

Heritage
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The Solent Way- Lymington to Milford-on-Sea

The Solent Way- Lymington to Milford-on-Sea

Pick up some treats and walk the Solent Way.

Location: Lymington, Hampshire

Walking and hiking
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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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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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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

Coast
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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 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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Olde World Lincolnshire

Olde World Lincolnshire

The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Location: Lincolnshire

Picturesque places
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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

Walking and hiking
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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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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 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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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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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

Family
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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

Countryside
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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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