Now that you know what you’re taking with you and you’ve got together all your food, you need somewhere to go. So I present to you the final instalment of the ‘picnic’ series – destinations.
Obviously I haven’t visited every possible place in the country to assess their picnic suitability, so I’ve listed the places I know. Other picnic spots are available!
1. Riverside Country Park, Kent
I start with Riverside because it’s closest to me and I’ve been there many times.
It has an on-site cafe that sells drinks and food, as well as a visitors centre for those that want to learn about the area. Lots of picturesque walks following the shores of the River Medway, with many areas to stop and have your picnic or just enjoy the wildlife.
2. Stourhead, Wiltshire
2,650 acres of land make up the Stourhead Estate, with its beautifully manicured gardens and rich woodland. A great place to escape to on a sunny afternoon.
3. Kynance Cove, Cornwall
4. Wellington Country Park, Berskhire
5. Hayling Island, near Portsmouth
Site of many a family holiday of my youth and many more days out ever since. Not many sandy beaches but all enjoyable none-the-less.
6. Frensham Pond, Farnham, Surrey
A lovely place owned by National Trust. Visitors are allowed free access around its two-mile circumference.
Sailing and fishing are reserved for members, but the banks of the pond are sandy and offer a natural inland beach for visitors to enjoy. Ideal if you want a beach but don’t want to drive to the coast.
The pond is surrounded by a common which has a large variety of wildlife and there is a picnic area close to the car park.
7. Tennyson Downs, Isle of Wight
8. Hatchet Pond, near Beaulieu, Hamsphire
9. Nant Mill Woods, North Wales
10. Beale Park, near Pangbourne, Berkshire
A fun day out for all the family. Another favourite from my Berkshire days, they have a nice little zoo with its own miniature railway running through it.