Top Ten Places for a Picnic

It's National Picnic Week, and together with our friends at Forest Holidays we have come up with some our favourite picnic spots for you to discover this summer.


There's nothing like a family picnic, and one of the best places for one is Golitha Falls, a walk through the woodlands on the banks of the River Fowey, not from Deerpark. There are places to paddle and any number of hidden corners to explore before sitting down with your picnic within sight of the tumbling waterfall.


The Forest of Dean has plenty of countryside to explore - you can rent a bike from the Forest Retreat and enjoy a leisurely ride to Cannop Ponds, a series of manmade ponds with lots of local bird life and seating areas along the trail that are perfect for a picnic.


Close to Blackwood Forest, Barton Meadows Nature Reserve is a wildflower meadow relatively undiscovered by tourists,  with plentiful footpaths and benches that make it  a lovely spot for a picnic, with beautiful countryside views.


Close to Thorpe Forest, Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk borders has almost unlimited places for a picnic, including the magnificent Lynford Stag, where you can eat in a flower-filled dell.

North Yorkshire, Hole of Horcum

We love the Hole of Horcum, a vast cauldron which not only has amazing views across the North York Moors but also provides numerous spots for happ picknickers and walkers and is easily reached from Cropton.

North Yorkshire, Keldy

The Forest Holidays Keldy location is right on the edge of the North York Moors national park, and you don’t need to go far to find the perfect picnic spot – there are multiple forest glades and flower-filled meadows.


Sherwood Forest is just a short drive from the ancestral home of Lord Byron at  Newstead Abbey, where you can choose the ideal picnic spot in the parkland, the walled garden or in the sunken ornamental Japanese oasis.


Close to Beddgelert a lovely walk along the River Glaslyn takes you onto the wooded island of Ynys Dol-leian and the spectacular Aberglaslyn Pass, along which you’ll find amazing views and lovely spots for a picnic with the sound of tumbling water as a backdrop.


Strathyre is simply one huge picnic spot, with any number of places to picnic by the loch and in the forest – just ask the Picnic Butler to show you the best spot fo you.

Trossachs National Park

Choosing the best view in the Trossachs National Park is not easy, but the one overlooking Loch Katrine is a  special spot, and it's an easy walk from Ardgartan Argyll to find the best place.

Forest Holidays have sites close to each one of these lovely places – check out our custom guide to each of their 10 locations across the UK and find the best one for you.

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