Picnic walks

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.

Picnic walks

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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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

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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

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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

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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 different with the kids, then try Llama Trekking through the beautiful West Pennine Moors.

Location: Bolton, Lancashire

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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

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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.

Location: Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

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Have a picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Have a picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Laying out your tartan blankets and cucumber sarnies on the rocks of Polzeath feels like stepping straight into the pages of an Enid Blyton novel.

Location: Daymer Bay, Cornwall

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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

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Pick a picnic spot at Wallington House

Pick a picnic spot at Wallington House

When it comes to pretty picnic spots, the Wallington estate sits fairly high up the charts.

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland

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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

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Plan a walking holiday or photography workshop

Plan a walking holiday or photography workshop

Explore lesser-known routes around Holmfirth in the Peak District National Park.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Have a picnic whilst sailing on the River Dart

Have a picnic whilst sailing on the River Dart

Enjoy a glorious combination of two great loves of the English: boating and picnics.

Location: Dartmouth, Devon

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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

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Picnic on a former colliery site in the National Forest

Picnic on a former colliery site in the National Forest

A location with a difference, Oakthorpe Colliery closed in 1990 and has become a 3-hectare, prime picnic site in naturally-regenerated woodland in The National Forest.

Location: Donisthorpe, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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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

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