Posted by Becky
With the warmer weather creeping through and Easter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning a country break. From the rugged natural beauty of the New Forest in Dorset to the stunning surroundings of Cheddar Gorge, the North Yorkshire Moors or the Pennines there are plenty of fantastic locations to enjoy a short break.
The UK is full of picturesque landscapes, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and beauty spots waiting to be discovered, many of which are the ideal setting for a mouth watering picnic. Packing up your thermos flask, sandwiches, sausage rolls and more the countryside is an ideal backdrop for your Al Fresco dining. Whether enjoying a slice of quiche by a historic castle, a well deserved baguette after a long walk or sitting back and watching the world go by alongside a tranquil stream there is an array of inspirational panoramas to enjoy. Here is a selection of our favourite spots to escape the hassles of everyday life and relax with a picnic:
Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire:
Just a short drive from Harrogate and the small town of Pately Bridge Brimham Rocks are a great location for a day out. With hundreds of stunning rock formations, beautiful heather moorland and woodland to explore there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Brimham Rocks is set in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so the landscapes are remarkable and with a range of Harrogate Hotels nearby you can relax for the day before heading back into the town.
Holywell Bay, Cornwall
Within easy reach of Newquay this beautiful beach is the perfect spot to throw down a picnic blanket, with a serene village, stunning golden beach including rolling dunes, hidden cave and lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean it is the perfect getaway spot.
Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick
One of the most visited stone circles in the UK Castlerigg offers superb views of Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Grasmoor and Blencathra – four of the five tallest mountains in the Lake District. Made up of 38 boulders of varying sizes Castlerigg has existed for thousands of years and is a truly remarkable sight.
If you still prefer the hustle and bustle of the city but need a momentary escape then there is a great selection of open parklands to relax in. From the vast space of Hyde Park in Central London to York’s Museum Gardens and Royal Victoria Park in Bath there is a great selection of city gardens to enjoy.
Where will you be picnicking this year – do you know any great spots?