In the UK, summer just isn’t summer without a picnic. Because we have such a small window of great weather over here, the chance to spend time outdoors is usually lived to the full by us! It helps that we have a huge variety of beautiful places and landscapes to see. There’s nothing quite like an afternoon in one of our beautiful parks, forests and beaches while you enjoy a selection of delicious food.
We’ve put together a list of our top 5 interesting picnic spots to visit this summer. If you’re looking for inspiration on what to bring in your picnic basket, we have plenty of ideas here!
This long stretch of beach is popular amongst wildlife enthusiasts with its plethora of things to see. Rock poolers and birdwatchers will have plenty to see. For those who want to sit back and relax with stunning views, the ancient cliffs which tower above the ocean, giving way to a sandy beach below, will fill any outdoors person with awe. With the warmth of summer adorning the coastline, you can enjoy a balmy cliffside walk once you’re finished with your picnic. Find out more about this stunning location on the National Trusts website.
The second coastal choice of ours is this beautiful spot. Abundant with history, and a fantastic place for spotting coastal birds, this beach is the perfect place to put your picnic blanket down. Warm tidal pools and sandy beaches are a welcome place for swimmers, so if you fancy a dip before your picnic, this place is for you. There are walkways and cycle paths around to avail of too, so if you’re the type who likes to explore, there’s plenty to see! Chichester Harbour Conservancy has some wonderful information about East Head.
If you’re more of a landlubber when enjoying the great outdoors, Box Hill is the perfect place to set down and eat al fresco. This stunning landscape is situated in the breathtaking countryside of the North Downs. Set your picnic blanket down in the shade of the trees in the donkey green while you take in your surroundings. There’s lots of see and explore in this beautiful location, and if you love wildlife, you’re definitely in for a treat. Check out just how much this wonderful place has to offer here.
This one is a wonderful choice for anybody who loves nothing more than exploring a long-distance trail while taking in beautiful views. With forests steeped in history, and wide selected of routes you can take, fill your afternoon with the stunning views and locations this place has to offer. When you’ve exhausted your legs stomping the pathways and trails, find a spot to settle down and enjoy some well-earned food!
Part of the famous Peak District, Padley Gorge conjures up visions of magical fairy glens with its sweeping landscapes, mystical woodlands and cascading waters. You won’t be able to resist walking the winding paths to lead you through these beautiful spots towards the valley below. Fall under the spell of this truly remarkable location and spend a long summers days exploring every nook and cranny it has to offer.