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The Famous Five, the Wind in the Willows, Women in Love â€“ as every author knows, no scene depicts a break in the British countryside as much as the perfect picnic. What could be better than a basket filled with delicious treats and a picturesque spot, with birds singing and babbling brooks? Weâ€™ve put together our top 10 secret picnic spots for you to discover this summer.
View of Golitha Falls
ExploreÂ Barton Meadows Nature Reserve, a new wildflower meadow nature reserve begun in 2017 â€“ and therefore quietly undiscovered by the main tourist track. The public paths are dotted with benches, giving you plenty of places to pick for a peaceful picnic with beautiful views of the Hampshire countryside. If youâ€™re looking for privacy nearÂ Blackwood Forest, this is the spot for you.
A Yellowhammer bird
You donâ€™t have to go too far from your cabin atÂ Thorpe ForestÂ to find a picturesque picnic spot â€“ nearby Thetford Forest has plenty of places to stop, including the magnificentÂ Lynford Stag, complete with a giant wood sculpture of a stag. Choose a flower-filled dell here for your picnic.
Enjoy a picnic in the forest
Newstead Abbey on a summer day
Forest of DeanÂ has plenty of countryside to explore.Â Hire bicycles from the Forest Retreat and enjoy a leisurely ride to Cannop Ponds, a series of manmade ponds where youâ€™ll find plenty of local bird life. Thereâ€™s lots of seating areas along the trail to stop for your picnic.
Enjoy a bike ride through the forest
Itâ€™s difficult to choose the best place for a picnic in Snowdonia when the whole area is idyllic. Not far from our cabins inÂ BeddgelertÂ thereâ€™s aÂ lovely walkÂ that follows the River Glaslyn through the village past Gelertâ€™s grave, onto a wooded island called Ynys Dol-leian and into the spectacularÂ Aberglaslyn Pass.Â
All along the route youâ€™ll find amazing views and lovely spots for your picnic, but we love the Pass itself. Enjoy your picnic with the sound of tumbling waters over the rocks.
View of the River Glaslyn in Wales
For spectacular views across the North York Moors, try visiting theÂ Hole of Horcum.Â
Allegedly created by Wade the Giant, this enormous cauldron provides numerous spots for picnics and a lovely long walk around the rim of the hole itself. Itâ€™s close by our cabins atÂ Cropton.
View across Hole of Horcum
OurÂ KeldyÂ location is right on the edge of the moors, but you donâ€™t need to walk far for the perfect spot. Ask our team in the Forest Hub and theyâ€™ll not only point you towards hidden forest glades or flower filled meadows, theyâ€™ll even provide a picnic hamper filled with all the treats you need to satisfy a hungry family.
Enjoy a picnic with your loved one
View of Loch Katrine in Scotland
When youâ€™re holidaying in one vast picnic spot, thereâ€™s only one way to find the best place to go â€“ ask a local expert.
OurÂ Picnic ButlerÂ will take you on a trip from your cabins atÂ Strathyre, along the loch shore and into the forest, to find a secluded and romantic location for a coupleâ€™s picnic paradise, before serving you locally-sourced Scottish delights.
Choose your favourite picnic spot andÂ book your forest cabinÂ for a summer break. Whether youâ€™re after something to do with the family, fun with your friends or a romantic moment for two, suspend time and create a memory youâ€™ll never forget with the perfect British picnic.Â
Our Forest Ranger, Jack Black, in Strathyre
Japanese Scotch EggsÂ - Jazz up your Scotch Eggs with a touch of the oriental.
Chicken and quinoa saladÂ - Donâ€™t forget your forks for this energy boosting salad.
A picnic pieÂ - Caramelised onions, griddled veg and goatâ€™s cheese in a handy wedge.
Pork and black pudding sausage rollsÂ - Luxurious finger food
No-bake oatmeal barsÂ - Chocolatey goodness in a bar
Apricot cheesecake barsÂ - A dessert for grownups