Estate Agents   |   July 11, 2018   |   twentytwo

Wright Marshall’s 4 Best Picnic Spots for this Summer

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North West England; known for its varied landscapes, from stunning forestry and tranquil lakes and bustling cities and perhaps more surprisingly – its numerous exquisite picnic spots. Whether it’s the rolling hills of Cheshire, or the postcard towns of North Wales, the North West is home to a number of relaxing areas that attract both locals and visitors, especially in the summer months.  Given that the weather has been particularly kind to us lately, we can safely say that picnic season is well and truly in full swing.

 

For those lucky enough to already live within the region, then you may already know a secret spot or two, but if you’re new to the area or are looking to move here then keep reading as we reveal the most stunning places for a spot of lunch. If you already have a few favourites of your own then please share them with us by dropping us a tweet!

 

Beeston Castle

Our first choice of picnic spot is an area rich in history – Beeston Castle is a quaint location just outside of Tarporley and surrounded by 40 acres of woodland park (every avid picnic-goer’s dream!).  The castle is run by Heritage UK and on busier days you can often see re-enactments and even plays.  You can even visit a nearby farm shop to collect your picnic supplies ready for the day ahead.  The hill where Beeston Castle sits offers beautiful views of 8 counties, from the Pennines to the Welsh Mountains.  If climbing up a steep hill is not quite in your remit, then there are plenty of spots along the Shropshire Union Canal in Beeston.

 

Barley Picnic Site

This picnic site is nestled in the village of Barley at the bottom of the beautiful Pendle Hill which offers the fantastic Pendle Witches Trail or Pendle Way.  If you’re making a snap decision to go on a picnic and haven’t prepared, there’s no need to rush to the supermarket as there’s a nearby kiosk that provides all you need, from sandwiches to cake and an array of thirst-quenching drinks.  If you’re looking to cool down after your adventure along the Pendle Witches Trail, you can visit the Pendle Inn and enjoy a pint of Witches Brew or Blond Witch!

 

Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales

This picture-postcard remote 18th century fishing village is on the edge of a beautiful beach at Morfa Nefyn. It’s ideal for picnics – right on the tip of a headland, with a golf course on the peninsula above, perfect for a paddle or just enjoying the sight of the crystal blue waters. The only thing you could possibly worry about is getting sand in your sandwiches!  Porthdinllaen is also home to the famous Ty Coch Inn right along the seaside.  Did you know that it’s been dubbed as one of the best beach bars in the world?  Perhaps you’ll have to test this claim over the summer months for yourself! After having a likely chilly dip in the water, you can take a walk along the beautiful Llyn coastline and drink in the views.

 

Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy

Whilst we’re on the subject of picnic spots in North Wales, we highly recommend paying a visit to Bodnant Garden, a world-famous garden overlooking the Conwy Valley towards the Carneddau mountains.  Bodnant Garden is steeped in history, dating as far back as 1874 when it was established by scientist Henry McLaren.  In the 1900s he created two rose gardens linked by ornamental pools and pergola walkways that are all draped in climbers.  By 1949, the garden was taken into the care of the National Trust.  It’s safe to say that Bodnant is the first of its kind and is home to the earliest and grandest laburnum arch, built in 1880.  Take a walk through the breath-taking grounds and take your pick for the best-looking picnic spot.  There’s nothing better than being immersed in nature whilst enjoying a homemade picnic with family and friends.  Bodnant Garden is a true gem and well worth the visit.

 

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for where to take your picnic this summer.  If you’d like to have these locations permanently on your doorstep, take a look at our property search to find your dream home in the North West.

 

 

 

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