Summer 2018: Top 10 best places to picnic in the UK

PICNICS and summer go hand in hand. When the sun is shining there’s nothing better than digging out the picnic blanket, gathering friends together and enjoying good food and drink in the sunshine. So, from Durdle Door, Dorset, to Tenby in Wales, where are the best places in the UK to picnic?

Picnics are popular with friends, famiies and couples alike and with National Picnic Week 2018 nearly upon us (15-24 June) a nationwide survey by botanically-brewed drinks maker Fentimans has identified the UK’s most popular picnic destinations on Instagram, just in time for the summer holidays.

Over 2,000 people were quizzed in the survey and a third voted Durdle Door in Dorset the number one picnic destination in the country.

This was closely followed by 32 per cent choosing Buttermere in the Lake District and 31 per cent loving Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

“Ahead of National Picnic Week, we wanted to discover the perfect locations in the UK for our consumers to enjoy their beloved picnic,” said Andrew Jackson, marketing director at Fentimans. Here are the top ten most beautiful picnic spots in the UK.

Durdle Door, Dorset (33 per cent)

This iconic landmark on the Jurassic coast is an awe-inspiring natural limestone arch which was formed by waves eroding the rock and creating a hole in the missing. It was designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. The white sandy beach next to the arch is ideal for seaside picnics.

Buttermere, Lake District (32 per cent)

Buttermere Lake was beloved by English poet William Wordsworth and has wonderful mountain views. Buttermere in Old English means "the lake by the dairy pastures". The picture postcard-worthy lake also offers gentle walks along its shores.

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (31per cent)

Tenby is one of Wales’ prettiest and cosiest seaside towns. The quaint fishing port is home to lovely beaches and delightful Victorian houses painted in sugared almond colours.

Porthchapel Beach, Cornwall (28 per cent)

Porthchapel Beach offers a south facing sheltered cove with white sandy beaches and Cornish sea air. Although popular with families, it is rarely crowded.

If you’re lucky, you’ll the seals who are regular visitors to the beach and often seen swimming just off shore.

Penhale Sands, Perranporth, Cornwall (26 per cent)

At low tide, Perran Sands beach joins up with Perranporth Beach to create a beautiful three mile stretch of stunning golden sands.

It’s backed by dunes as well as the ruins of St Piran’s Oratory. The beach is also great for surfing.

Alexandra Park, Manchester (23 per cent)

Designed in 1869 by Alexander Hennell, this well landscaped park covers 60 acres and has top class community facilities, including tennis courts and a cricket pitch.

Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park, London (23 per cent)

A little piece of Japan in London, this traditional Japanese garden was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991.

It’s situated around the ruins of Holland House - destroyed during the Blitz in 1940.

The 54 acre park has various gardens, an open-air theatre, a cafe, a restaurant and various sports facilities.

St James’ Park, London (21 per cent)

Right in front of royal residence Buckingham Palace, this picturesque park - which blooms with flowers in the summer - covers an area of nearly 57 acres.

Interestingly, it’s home to numerous pelicans who had lived in the park for nearly 400 years after being presented as a a gift from the Russian Ambassador to King Charles II.

Strumble Head Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire, Wales (21 per cent)

This picturesque lighthouse is on a tiny island just off the coast and reached by a small suspension bridge.

The lighthouse is automated now so there isn't any access onto the island. It can be admired from Stumble Head on the Pencaer Peninsula.

The spot is one of the best places in Wales to see migrating seabirds.

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