Slap on the suncream and ready the hamper, British summertime is calling. Here are the perfect spots for a picnic in the North East of England this summer.
1. Wooler Common and Woodland Park, Northumberland
Munch on your sandwich in lands that were raided by marauding Scots between the fourteenth and sixteenth century. Both picturesque and educational, a visit to this mixture of mature woodland and open common is truly unforgettable.
2. Simonside, Northumberland
This picnic location is known for its rugged beauty and awesome adventures. A 430m climb after lunch will reward you with panoramic views, revealing the whole Northumbrian coastline. This is a skyline that even your imagination can’t match.
3. Hepburn Wood, Northumberland
Work up an appetite by exploring the walking trails of this lesser-known nature spot. Sweeping vistas and tranquil landscapes await you. Try to spot the prehistoric features whenever you pause for a scotch egg break.
4. Hindhope Linn, Northumberland
Don’t go chasing waterfalls, unless they’re located in this outstanding spot at the northern end of Kielder Forest Drive. This is a picnic destination that ticks all the boxes. Views? Check. Valleys? Check. Very likely that you’ll get wet? Check.
5. Holystone Wood, Northumberland
Feeling hungry? Satisfy your cravings for delicious picnic food and tranquil treescapes in the former grounds of a twelfth century nunnery. Often a quiet and secluded spot, you may see more wildlife than you do people!
Pssst… you're stepping into someone else's kitchen! Please remember that the nation's forests are home to a vast array of local wildlife. Take your picnic rubbish home with you so they aren't in danger from it.
6. Warksburn, Northumberland
This atmospheric picnic spot is overlooked by two famous Totem Poles which have been standing for 50 years. Still undecided whether this is the ideal place for you to nibble on lunch? The pre-Roman earthworks and rumoured local gold deposits just might sway you.
7. Kielder Castle, Northumberland
There’s never a dull moment at this popular picnic site. Make a day of it by exploring the nearby maze and lakeside walk. Remember to keep your eyes to the skies, as sightings of Northumberland’s only breeding osprey population are common here.
You are welcome to hire our barbecues where you can, but to prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any other barbecues into our forests.
8. Hamsterley Forest, County Durham
This forest is as full to the brim with trees as your belly will be with sandwiches. After you’ve admired the woodlands sprawled along the sides of the sheltered valley, get stuck in to all the amazing activities on offer.
9. Chopwell Wood, Gateshead
Boredom doesn’t exist when there’s 360 hectares of landscape to explore. Pause to take a rest on picnic tables that are scattered throughout this mesmerising mixed woodland. Bring along good food and good company… we’ll take care of the rest.
10. Sneaton Forest, North Yorkshire
Charming and serene. The adjectives to describe the stunning steep valleys lined with conifers and broadleaves are endless. The Falling Foss waterfall and boulder from the 1700s also make for a stunning addition to your picnic backdrop.
11. Guisborough Forest, North Yorkshire
Visit Guisborough for a fun-filled daytrip and delicious picnic. Stepping into this woodland is like stepping off a plane. Sun is not guaranteed, but escapism and relaxation are.
12. Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
Whether you love solo picnic adventures or group lunches, this nature-rich outdoor space will serve you well. From glacial valleys in the south, to upland plateaus in the north, there are memories to be made in this unique landscape of epic proportions.
13. Broxa, North Yorkshire
Location can make or break a picnic. From seeing the unusual tree species that call this place home, to listening out for the summer wildlife, this forest truly is a feast for the senses. Speaking of feasts, have you packed the picnic basket yet?