Picnics make an easy and affordable day out with family and friends, and are a great opportunity to get out and about and explore. So, here's our top 10 picnic spots in the South West to give you some inspiration.
Located just outside of Bristol, on the B3128, the Gothic estate is surrounded by picturesque scenery for everyone to enjoy, including a stunning garden, woodland, lake, terraces, and more. Take a wander and learn about the Gibbs family who once inhabited this estate, before finding a nice spot to sit down and eat your sandwiches.
The Teign Valley classic circuit is a beautiful walk. Take in the sights of Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England, before a scenic trek along Hunters Path. Castle Drogo, where the circuit begins, can be reached via the A38 and A30 at Drewsteignton.
Created by Henry 'The Magnificent', Stourhead is situated just off of the B3092. This wonderland is dictated by a huge lake. Enjoy a picnic on the lawns, and get lost down one of the garden's many paths, where you'll find hidden temples, the Grotto, Pantheon, and more.
Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve
Made up of meadows, hedgerows, and woodland, this reserve is home to all sorts of wildlife. Take a walk along one of the many trails, including a children's trail for little feet to explore. The nature reserve can be found at the end of Lorton Lane, off the B3159.
Jubilee Gardens which overlooks Beer's charming shingle beach was actually named Top Picnic spot by Countryfile, so we would be fools not to include the fishing village in our own list. As well as the gardens and the beach, there are some breathtaking coastal walks to enjoy. Just take the A3052 to find this little spot, not far from Seaton.
Berry Head Fort
Start your walk at Berry Head Nature Reserve, accessed via the A38, A385, or B3212, and enjoy the Napoleonic forts, rare plants and wildlife. This is a must for a sunny day with its incredible views and scenery, and with Torbay close by.
Secluded between Hele Bay and Combe Martin, the cove at Watermouth Bay is a gem waiting to be discovered. Home to a host of rare marine species, and with breathtaking views, it can be reached by taking the A361 into Ilfracombe.
Take the B3276 to Mawgan Porth, not far from Trenance, where you'll find a sublime sandy beach, as well as caves, rock pools, coastal and cycle paths. If you fancy something a little more challenging, why not take a surf lesson.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
These Victorian gardens will leave you in awe. There's also woodland and jungle walks to enjoy, with countless surprises along the way, including the infamous Giant's Head, Mud Maid, and Grey Lady sculptures. Find the gardens just outside of Pentewan, off of the B3273.
Porth Joke Beach
Tucked away, this little cove is a lot less busy than the bigger beaches, allowing you and your family to enjoy its rock pools and caves to the fullest, and take advantage of a little R 'n' R. You can find it by taking the A392, coming off for Crantock, and heading just South of Crantock Beach.
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