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Set the family up for an afternoon at one of these 10 gorgeous picnic spots

Posted: 20 April 2010
by Suzanne Milne

Girl having tea party in the woods

1. Brownsea Island, Dorset
This is the famous birthplace of Scouting, and children will love the Smuggler’s Trail and there are plenty of picnic spots. Tel: 01202 707744 or visit

2. Sheffield Park Garden, East Sussex
Designed by master landscape gardener, Capability Brown, these gardens are perfect for a game of hide-and-seek. Tel: 01825 790231 or visit

3. Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire
Voted one of the top five most spiritual places in the country, this is a lovely zen zone for a family picnic. Tel: 01672 539250 or visit

4. Richmond Park, Greater London
You’re sure to find a quiet spot among the ancient trees of London’s largest Royal Park; afterwards, visit the playground at Petersham Gate. Visit

5. Kelmscott, Gloucestershire
A picnic on the banks of the Thames near the ancient village of Kelmscott is great on a hot day, because it’s also quite easy to take a little dip in the gentle waters here.

6. Grantchester, Cambridgeshire
This is where the river Cam winds through woodlands and open meadows, so there are lots of lovely spots for lunch. Tel: 01223 359750 or visit

7. Hazelborough Wood, Northamptonshire
These are tranquil ancient woodlands where deer and even badgers live. So roll out your blanket and enjoy a picnic while you watch and wait. Visit

8. Padley Gorge, Derbyshire
Nestled in the Derwent Valley, there are mighty oaks and a babbling stream lined with birch, alder and holly – a truly magical setting. Tel: 01433 637904 or visit

9. St Herbert’s Island, Lake District
Hire a boat and sail to St Herbert’s Island, which has four acres of woodland that offer perfect spots for your picnic. Tel: 01768 772263;

10. Rhossili Bay, South Wales
Stroll along the three-mile shore or take in the breathtaking panoramic views while picnicking or kite flying on the hills. Visit

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