Perfect UK Picnic Spots
Picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family and friends. In the UK we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to gorgeous picnic spots, with more than 11,000 miles of coastline, 15 National Parks, huge tracts of countryside and hundreds of lakes, hills and mountains to choose from, as well as some fantastic green spaces in our cities. Here are some of the very best UK picnic locations for inspiration.
Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Kynance Cove is a National Trust beach on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula and is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. With its white sands, clear waters and rare rock formations, it’s one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches.
Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex
Ditchling Beacon is on the South Downs, near to Brighton, and is the highest point in East Sussex. The site offers 360º views of the surrounding countryside, and was used as a prehistoric hill fort. It’s a good place to fly a kite and is popular for hand gliding.
Richmond Park, London
There are fantastic parks and green spaces across London, including eight Royal parks, the largest of which is Richmond Park. Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, and is home to herds of Red and Fallow deer and also the Isabella Plantation, an ornamental woodland garden.
Christ Church Meadow, Oxford
Christ Church Meadow belongs to Oxford University’s Christ Church college, which was founded more than 500 years ago. The meadow is a tranquil green space in the heart of the city, and is an ideal spot from which to watch punts float past on the River Thames and the River Isis.
Fell Foot Park, Cumbria
Fell Foot Park is a country park at the southern tip of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. The park has sweeping lawns and easy access to the lake for paddling and swimming. There’s an adventure playground to explore and also rowing boats for hire.
The Stackpole Estate is a beautiful nature reserve on the Pembrokeshire coast. It includes three separate idyllic beaches as well as a Grade I listed designed parkland landscape, with lakes and woodland to explore.
Silent Valley Mountain Park, County Down
The Silent Valley Mountain park encompasses a reservoir which collects water from the Mourne Mountains. It’s a tranquil place with a beautifully rugged landscape which is said to have been the inspiration for C. S. Lewis’s Narnia. The park has walking trails and a visitor centre.
Rowardennan is at the foot of Ben Lomond and on the shore of peaceful Loch Lomond, in Scotland’s Queen Elizabeth Forest. There’s a small beach where you can paddle, or you can just sit and enjoy the marvellous views.
Where’s your favourite UK picnic spot?
By Gretta Schifano,