The weather is improving, the days are longer and the weekends are made for getting outdoors!
With some incredible views, countryside, coastal walks and woodland, there’s an abundance of places in the South West, across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset to pick for the perfect family picnic – but we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favourites!
1. Croyde, Devon
Sun, Sea and Sand, what more could you want?
Spend the day building sandcastles, playing beach cricket or flying kites with the kids, and maybe even paddle in the water if you’re brave enough!
Sit on top of the sand dunes and look out over the beach and towards Lundy Island, or lay your blanket on the beach and build a fort around you!
If the kids are restless, why not take them for a walk up to Baggy Point and climb up the look out pole?
2. Landacre Bridge, Somerset
Find yourself in the middle of the moor at Landacre. Surrounded by beautiful hills and moorland, this is the perfect picnic spot for an afternoon of playing in the river and relaxing with the family, with adorable Exmoor ponies and sheep grazing freely nearby.
3. Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Kynance Cove, on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall is the perfect picnic spot for breathtaking views.
Used in the BBC Series Poldark, this location with white sand, blue seas and rocky outcrops make for the perfect place to spend the afternoon, exploring the area and playing in rockpools.
Although there is a steep 10-15 minute walk down to the cove, don’t let this deter you, it’s definitely worth the walk!
4. Chew Valley Lake, Somerset
If you haven’t visited Chew Valley Lake before, what are you waiting for?
A large reservoir in Somerset, the Chew Valley Lake is a great place to spend the day with friends and family.
Spend the morning walking along the nature trails and around the lake, and feeding the ducks with the children, then get your picnic all laid out and relax!
Keep an eye out for the birds – this is a popular site for birdwatchers too!
5. Townsend Nature Reserve, Dorset
If you’re looking for an abundance of wildlife as well as stunning views, this is a great picnic spot for you.
Townsend Nature Reserve is part of Dorset Wildlife Trust, and is a vast area of grassland with wild flowers and butterflies, as well as views across Swanage Bay.
Take in the views and relax, and if you’re looking for more of an adventure you can walk across to Durlston County Park or down into Swanage – don’t forget to pop into our store and say hi!
6. Minack Theatre, Cornwall
If you’ve ever visited the Minack Theatre, you’ll know all about the breathtaking views out towards the sea across Porthcurno Bay.
If you want a touch of culture and entertainment, you can watch a matinee performance in the historic theatre, and eat your picnic during the performance.
Alternatively, walk the Cornish Coast along the South West Coastal Path and use this as the perfect picnic break – there’s a bench just above the theatre which gives you full view of the coast and the sea below
7. Lyme Regis, Dorset
Lyme Regis, a coastal town in Dorset along the Jurassic Coast, is the perfect picnic destination for adventurers!
Sit on the beach and watch the world go by whilst enjoying your picnic, or set up a base and let the kids run free!
Lyme Regis is a great place to go fossil hunting – why not spend the day hunting for fossils and enjoy your picnic in the sunshine?
8. Plymouth Hoe, Devon
If you’re in Plymouth, don’t miss out on heading to the Hoe.
With views across the Plymouth Sound, a beautiful natural harbour, and away from the immediate hustle and bustle of the city, this is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a relaxed picnic on the grass in the sunshine.
Sit alongside the iconic Smeaton Tower Lighthouse and the statue of Sir Francis Drake – right next to where he played his last game of bowls before the Spanish Armada!
9. Helford River, Cornwall
If you’re looking for a peaceful picnic spot along a beautiful walk, this is the place for you. Start at Helford and walk along the river, before catching the ferry to Glendurgan Gardens, or start at Glendurgan Gardens and take a stroll through nature before hopping on the ferry towards the small village of Helford. Either way, it’s a beautiful peaceful walk and there are perfect places to stop along the way.
10. Clovelly Harbour, Devon
Clovelly is a small picturesque village on the coast of Devon. With traditional cobbled streets taking you all the way down from the car park to the harbour, it may be a challenge but it’s definitely worth the adventure! Take the kids down to the harbour, and play on the pebble beach if the tide is out, or sit on the harbour wall and watch the fisherman come in and out of the harbour.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time for an adventure! Get your Saltrock t-shirts and hoodies and head out for a picnic with the family this weekend – we can’t wait to hear what you get up to!