The weather is getting warmer, and that lovely, green open space or sandy beach nearby is calling – thank goodness it’s picnic season. Grab your sunnies, blanket and picnic goods and take a trip to one of these eight best picnic spots in the UK. They are close to our hostels and are pretty spectacular.
Barafundle Beach, Pembrokeshire
Can it get any more idyllic than this? With golden sand dunes and untouched beauty, this award-winning beach makes a great base for beach picnic. There are no facilities here as it’s an unspoilt spot, but it makes a fantastic location for a bite to eat and to get sandy feet with loved ones.
Book a stay: YHA Manorbier, 8.2 miles away.
Lulworth Cove, Dorset
What’s better than a picnic on the beach? Lulworth Cove in Dorset is a stunning beach picnic spot. Not only is it beautiful, the world-famous, sheltered horseshoe-shaped cove makes it an ideal place for lunch, as well as swimming, sunbathing and taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Book a stay: YHA Lulworth Cove, 1 mile away.
Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire
With 1,000 acres to offer, Chatsworth is the picture-perfect place for a picnic in the park, by the river or on the Salisbury lawns in the pristine gardens. There is a fun-filled adventure playground and farm park too, where the little ones can let off some steam in the sun.
Take a visit to the iconic Chatsworth Farm Shop and stack up on some delicious goods.
Book a stay: YHA Youlgreave, 6.6 miles away.
Crosby Beach, Liverpool
Take your picnic to the rolling sand dunes that back Crosby Beach for an amazing sea view. Not too far away from the bustle of Liverpool, this little seaside haven has miles of coastal walks to explore. There are plenty of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered too.
Book a stay: YHA Liverpool Central, 7.2 miles away.
Regent Park, London
Can’t bear to leave the capital? Split up your city break with a relaxing picnic at Regent Park. This park combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, beautiful gardens, and children’s playgrounds, making it an ideal base to tuck into sandwiches, strawberries and maybe a glass of bubbly.
Book a stay: YHA London St Pancras, 2.4 miles away.
Holkham Beach, Norfolk
One of the most beautiful beaches to visit, with its endless miles of golden sands and wide-open landscapes, Holkham Beach is an idyllic spot for a picnic. The views are spectacular, you’ll want to return again and again. In the summer months, if the weather gets a little too hot, you can find sheltered areas in the pine forest behind the dunes.
Book a stay at: YHA Wells-next-the-Sea, 3 miles away.
St Herbert’s Island, Cumbria
Could St Herbert be the patron saint of al fresco dining? This little island in the middle of Derwentwater has heavenly Lake District views and has become a place of pilgrimage. You’ll feel like you’ve found your own secret island as you enjoy a peaceful picnic on the shore. A definite favourite.
Book a stay: YHA Keswick, 3.8 miles away.
Eat along the Pennine Way with a picnic in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hills, dales and heathland of the North Pennines makes a breath-taking backdrop for a relax in the grass. Look out for a never-ending supply of curious sheep and ramblers tackling The Way – why not join them on a countryside ramble?
Book a stay: YHA Langdon Beck, on the doorstep.
Our tips for a perfect picnic:
- Keep your cool on hot days with a lightweight cooling box or bag. If it’s a scorcher, you might find melty foods are unrecognisable, plus there’s nothing like a chilled glass of bubbly.
- Be prepared. Make a plan B in case it rains and don’t forget to pack your sun cream and insect repellent – you may find you’re not the only one who thinks your food is delicious.
- If you’ve got a long walk to your dream spot, travel light – you’ll be too tired to really enjoy your food if you’ve been lugging a massive hamper along. Or carry food between friends.
- Respect your picnic spot and leave it beautiful for everyone else. Make sure to take your litter with you and for tips on this check out the countryside code
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