Us Brits don’t need reminding that when summer’s in full flow that means it’s time to picnic. But just in case you need any more persuading in July, it is officially National Picnic Month. So grab your biggest rug, fill your picnic basket with your favourite al fresco foods (don’t forget your soup) and head out to one of the many wonderful picnic sites this country has to offer.
Here are some of our top picnic spots around our Yorkshire home, enjoy!
RHS Gardens Harlow Carr
The Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Harlow Carr cover a huge 68 acres of land and are nestled in a stunning Yorkshire valley just outside Harrogate. With a beautiful variety of landscapes from woodland to wildflower meadows, streams to sit by and wildlife to watch this a must-see picnic spot or day out this summer!
Overlooking the River Nidd this medieval stronghold is an ideal resting place to relax and refuel on a day’s excursion to the historic town of Knaresborough. Roam the grounds or simply take in the views of the incredible Knaresborough viaduct (built in 1851) before wandering in to town to wet one’s whistle in one of many classic Yorkshire pubs.
Fountains Abbey, Ripon
Perched in the glorious Skell Valley, the lush grounds of Fountains Abbey offer up many a sunny spot to set up camp for a picnic to remember. In summer the woodland sings in full voice, whilst wildflowers surrounding the well-preserved monastery buildings bloom. Throughout the summer you can tag along to free guided tours, spot cygnets gliding about the river or learn about the natural life on a wildlife walk. If this isn’t on your picnic list already, it should be now!
Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire
If you like your food with a view, then Roseberry Topping is the picnic spot for you. To see this iconic geographical landmark situated at the tip of the North York Moors is itself a worthwhile outing. But to climb to its peak and enjoy 360° views of the North Yorkshire is something even more special. If you’re the adventurous type there’s plenty of walking, touring and exploring to be done in this neck of the woods, building an itinerary around lunch at Roseberry Topping is a winner.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Whether you’re an avid art fan or not, this is undoubtedly an unusual picnic location. Here you can take in the breath-taking landscape, the beautiful grounds of the 18th-Century estate of Bretton Park as well as a brilliantly curated open-air art gallery all at once. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is certainly a feast for the eyes and with some incredible exhibitions on this summer it’s not to be missed, plus entry is completely free.