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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feel the force of nature on a picnic at High Force

Feel the force of nature on a picnic at High Force

Enjoy a woodland walk, and then relax with a picnic on the rocks as you enjoy the stunning backdrop of one of the best waterfalls in England.

Location: Durham Dales

Low cost
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 in Blackpool’s largest park

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Family
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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

Walking and hiking
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Wander about the Welbeck Estate with a picnic basket

Wander about the Welbeck Estate with a picnic basket

The Welbeck Estate in north Nottinghamshire is a beautiful private estate, ideal for a scenic walk and a picnic.

Location: Welbeck, Nottinghamshire

Walking and hiking
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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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