Best Picnic Spots in England

Enjoy eating al fresco and enjoying some lunch outdoors? Great, because July is National Picnic Month! If you’re headed to England this summer, why not stop off at some of these idyllic spots perfect for a picnic!

Dean’s Park, York 

What better way to enjoy a picnic than at the foot of the magnificent York Minster? Dean’s Park is located to the north side of York Minster in York in the north of England. It’s a fairly small but relaxing green space to enjoy a picnic especially on a summer’s day. The park was originally a private area only for those associated with the Minster and housed the Old Palace of the Arch Bishops of York. The remains of stone archways from the late 12th century still stand in the park. It’s thought that this may have been part of the Old Palace.

Orrest Head, Lake District

If you head to the Lake District, you’re bound to find a tonne of great picnic spots. The Lake District covers a huge area, so if you’re not entirely sure which area to picnic at, we recommend Orrest Head near the town of Windermere. Orrest Head is actually a hill which can be reached on foot from Windermere in just under 30 minutes. If you want to work up an appetite before your picnic, this is the best spot. The top of the hill offers stunning views across Lake Windermere and even the walk itself is pleasant. 

New Forest National Park, Hampshire

Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot, somewhere by the river or want to be surrounded by nature and wildlife, there’s an area to suit everyone in the New Forest. Like the Lake District, New Forest National Park to the south of England also covers a large area – there’s woodlands, flower gardens, riversides and countrysides. Exbury Gardens covers over 200 acres of the New Forest with a beautiful collection of azaleas, camellias and rare trees during the summer months. For something a little more secluded, the Wilverley Inclosure is surrounded by trees with lots of opportunity to spot wildlife.

Kensington Park Gardens, London

Even on city breaks it’s sometimes good to break away from the hustle and bustle of tourist attractions and bars and restaurants. Kensington Park Gardens is the place to break away to. Offering a mix of old and new park pastimes and green space, Kensington Park Gardens is one of London’s eight Royal Parks, covering 275 acres of land. The park is home to Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, the Peter Pan statue, the stunning Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery. Better yet, there’s lots of shops and a cafe nearby, ideal for picking up for picnic refreshments!

Lanhydrock Estate, Cornwall

Located in Cornwall, Lanhydrock Estate consists of ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside paths. There is in fact a new designated picnic spot near the main car park and playground making it the perfect spot if you’re eating with children. But don’t worry if you prefer ‘wild picnicking’, there is 30-acres of formal and informal woodland to enjoy and the garden leads to a series of footpaths twisting through 900-acres of countryside. The exquisite late Victorian Lanhydrock House and Garden can be found in the estate, it’s considered as one of the finest stately homes in Cornwall. 

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