If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we certainly have taken our own country for granted over the years. Who knew we had so many incredible spots filled with charming, natural beauty? Not being able to travel afar has meant we have fallen in love with our local surroundings and realised how much fun we can have with family, friends and food without breaking the bank balance. Whilst gingham blankets and wicker baskets are positively angelique, and the concept of the picnic originated from the French, the contents of our baskets are far from Coq au vin. If you’re anything like me, your go-to picnic is Greek delicatessen plus the occasional mini sausage roll.
Not only is a picnic a cost-effective day out with friends or with the kids in the summer holidays, but it also hosts a barrage of mental health benefits. A study has shown that being out in the fresh air increases brain power and makes you feel instantly calmer. So why wouldn’t we want to go and enjoy an al fresco lunch? We have picked some of the most desirable spots in the North West for you to sit back, relax and enjoy some tranquillity.
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Host to several special events all year round, the grounds at Dunham Massey are not to be missed. Explore the beautiful gardens and spread out your blanket on one of the many areas of parkland, filled with 1000’s of snowdrops and roses. There are lots of wild deer roaming freely throughout the park so be careful where you nestle down. No booking necessary.
Beacon Fell Country Park
A slightly more adventurous picnic! Before laying down your blanket, walk up to the 266m high summit and take in the breath-taking views of the Forest of Bowland. There are several woodland trails and an abundance of wildlife, perfect for the little ones if you are stuck for something to do. Quarry, Carwags and Sheepfold carparks are all available for picnicking! If you forget your basket, there is a café that offers drinks and light snacks.
One of the most attractive spots in Lancashire sitting on the cusp of the River Lune. Settle down next to the river before meandering through the alluring woodland. If you are after some peace and quiet, or a good catch up with friends with no distractions, look no further. Crook O’Lune is positively peaceful with the occasional dog walker passing you by. Enjoy your freshly prepared picnic under the tree’s and listen to the birds singing.
The perfect place for paddling, picnics and pooches. Located on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, Brock Bottom promises hours of fun for minimal cost. Bring footballs, frisbees and fishing nets for mid picnic entertainment. Spread out your gingham blanket and take in the idyllic countryside views.
Bursting with culture, you certainly won’t have a terrible picnic experience here. There is a plethora of stunning spots where you can lay down your rug and start eating with friends before exploring the grounds and the grand Hall. If you’re bringing the little ones, there is a huge park to keep them entertained.