The 6 Best Picnic Spots in the North of England

As the weather warms up and the lockdown restrictions ease, it’s the perfect time for a good, old fashioned picnic.

To give you a headstart, we’ve put together a list of the best picnic spots across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and the North East to help you choose the perfect location!

Kirkstall Abbey, Yorkshire            

If you’re looking for a picnic spot steeped in history, then Kirkstall Abbey is the place to go. The abbey was built in the 1100s and was one of the many that were affected by King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th Century.

As well as having lots of history to explore, there’s a great grassy area that’s just perfect for picnicking.

Wallington, North East

There’s no shortage of space at Wallington, so pack yourself some food and head out for a day of nature and walking. They even run seasonal events like Easter Egg Hunts, so be sure to check their website ahead of time!

Wallington is still ticket-only for the time being, so be sure to book yours before you arrive.

Malham Cove, Yorkshire

Did you know that Malham Cove was formed by a waterfall carrying meltwater from a glacier after the last Ice Age? That’s more than 12,000 years ago!

Nowadays, it’s a great place for picnics with the family as there is lots of space to set up your blankets, and most importantly, there’s plenty of parking.

Hubbard’s Hills, Lincolnshire

Not only do you get truly stunning views at Hubbards Hills, there are also toilets, making it a great place to visit if you have little ones!

With beautiful views and stepping stones over the river, it’s a lovely destination for a day out. There’s certainly lots of space to set up your picnic blanket in their 165 acres!

RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire

There’s no better place to stop and smell the flowers than at RHS Harlow Carr in the springtime, and why not take a picnic whilst you’re at it? With the Lakeside Gardens, the Winter Walk, the Queen Mother’s Lake, and more, you won’t be short of things to do before or after your picnic.

You’ll still need to pre-book a ticket at Harlow Carr for the time being, so make sure you plan early.

Belton House, Lincolnshire

There is so much open space in the gardens of this historic mansion for you to enjoy, you’ll hardly know where to start. Not only is there a range of beautiful wildflowers in the Pleasure Grounds, but you might even see some deer!

Head to the Belton House website to book your ticket, and you can start looking forward to the amazing architecture and pretty views.

Not into picnicking? How about an amazing scenic drive instead? Check out our list of the most scenic roads in Yorkshire for a drive you won’t forget in a hurry.

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