It’s National Picnic Week from 16-22 June, and the weather looks set to improve in readiness for some lovely picnic times (fingers crossed). What better way is there to enjoy the great outdoors than with a glass of something cold, and a plate of something delicious? Obviously we love picnicking at Hampergifts, so here are our hotly-contested top 5 favourite places to picnic in the UK. What do you think?
At the north end of Gwithian beach, which is owned by the National Trust, you’ll find huge expanses of sand, sheltered dunes (we spotted an adder there once!) and at mid to low tide there are rocky bays creating perfect natural wind-breaks. Settle in with your picnic basket with some fresh Cornish crab and crusty bread and enjoy the view of Godrevy Lighthouse (see the photo above), and across the bay to St Ives.
The best part about this gorgeous beach: after lunch you can steal away to watch the Grey Seals playing at the base of Mutton Cove cliffs.
This special place is probably one of the prettiest in the Peaks. You can walk for miles admiring all the strange limestone formations, before flopping down to feast. Hop over the stepping stones, and keep an eye out for a heron or kingsfisher beside the river.
Pembrokeshire has some of the best coast paths we’ve seen. Spectacular views and amazing beaches too… and a great place for a picnic is at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill. With an accessible one mile walk to build up your appetite, and views across the ancient millpond, this place is really special in a ‘knights and maidens’ way.
Lovers of wildlife beware – if you haven’t been to the Farne Islands, you should go now – hundreds of puffins nest there, and you can see a huge variety of bird life in action. When you’ve feasted your eyes on the amazing wildlife, you can sit down and gobble up the contents of your picnic hamper, relieved that you’re not having lunch in the style of a baby bird. Eew.
Arguably the only proper green space in town, Hampstead Heath seems to rise above the smog and craziness of our capital city, giving our eyes, souls and lungs some fresh green relief. Not simply a park, Hampstead Heath offers Londoners a vast, peaceful place, and a feeling of being in the countryside. Get there early, and take a swim in the shimmering Victorian lido.
One word of warning: if you picnic near the bandstand, beware of taking a post-lunch nap. Being woken up by a brass band playing the Superman theme can be quite a shock!
Want to celebrate National Picnic Week too? You will find everything you need for a great picnic, including all the kit and some delicious things to eat, on our Picnic Hampers page.
Where are your favourite spots for a picnic?