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The Best Picnic Spots in the UK



The Fairy Pools in the Isle of Skye, chosen for its breath-taking views.

Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede, ‘chosen for dramatic vistas you can’t get anywhere else’.


Loughcrew in Co Meath, chosen for its ‘Neolithic tombs’.


Barafundle Bay Beach, ‘boasting a huge amount of space to enjoy the view of the ocean’. Nantcol Waterfalls in Snowdonia National Park has also been chosen as one of the most Instagrammable picnic spots in the country, thanks to its stunning waterfall and valley.

The North West

Saint Herbert’s Island in Cumbria, thanks to the ‘local history of Saint Herbert himself, and the natural beauty of the area’.

Lake District

Buttermere’s mountain views and lake reflections, so loved by William Wordsworth, make this picnic spot particularly photogenic.

The North East

Gibside in Newcastle, chosen for its ‘historic Gibside Hall, and maze’.

The East Midlands

Padley Gorge Trail, ‘an almost mythical forest to get lost in’.

The West Midlands

Jephson Gardens, Leamington, thanks to its ‘flowerbeds and 14 acres of garden’.

The East

Wimpole Estate, chosen for its gothic architecture. ‘A visit there is like travelling back in time’.


The regal Rievaulx Abbey, ‘a stunning piece of history’.


Hampstead Heath – walk up to Kenwood House and imagine you’re on the set of ‘Notting Hill’ as you set up your blanket in front of the iconic stately home.

The South East

Corfe Castle, thanks to ‘the enduring ruins you can explore’. Fentimans‘ poll also chose Penhale Sands beach in Perranporth, Cornwall as one of the UK’s most picturesque spots, when the tide is low and a beautiful three mile stretch of golden sands emerges.

The South West

Lydford Gorge, chosen for ‘its spectacular 30-foot waterfall’.

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