Grab a picnic hamper and head to Hampstead Heath because it’s just been crowned the best picnic spot in London.
As one of the capital city’s favourite green spaces, Hampstead Heath (pictured above) – which boasts some of the best views and highest points in London – even trumped the equally popular Richmond Park to the top spot.
The UK’s best picnic spots have been revealed to mark the start of National Picnic Week (15th-24th June), which encourages Brits up and down the nation to dust off their old blanket and get back to nature by dining alfresco.
The locations have been chosen due to their outstanding natural beauty and historical significance, offering a broad range of settings and something for everyone.
National Picnic Week said of the winning entry: ‘Hampstead Heath is a popular spot for Londoners to frequent all year especially in the summer months. Make your way up to Parliament hill view point for a breathtaking view of London’s skyline nestled between leafy green trees. If you fancy a more active day out The Men’s and Ladies’ Ponds are open all year round.’
Richmond Park, which is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation, was crowned runner-up.
‘Who would have thought the largest park in London has so many hidden treasures? Richmond Park has over 600 red and fallow deer that roam freely within much of the park. If you like skipping stones why not set up your picnic blanket and basket beside one of the 30 ponds on offer,’ said National Picnic Week.
But what are the other picnic hotspots around the UK? The scenic wonder that is Glenkiln Sculpture Park took the top spot for Scotland, while Colby Woodland Garden was crowned the best spot in Wales because of its natural playground for the kids – ‘littered with fallen trees, stepping stones and rope swings, you can guarantee the children will be entertained for hours.’
Elsewhere, Roseberry Topping, for ‘avid walkers who find solace in the great outdoors’, was crowned the best picnic spot in Yorkshire, while the ‘100 acres of winding paths, ancient woodland and natural pools’ gave Ryton Pools in the West Midlands the top spot.
A winner and runner-up for each region across the country has been crowned to help you enjoy your picnic in the perfect scenic surroundings. Take a look at the full list in the graphic below:
National Picnic Week
‘We’ve had the hottest May on record so there’s already been more picnic’s so far this year than we normally have. With a hot summer predicted we’re expecting more picnics in 2018 than ever before,’ said Adam Cox, founder of National Picnic Week. ‘To make the most of your picnic this year we’re encouraging the nation to have spontaneous picnics.
‘It’s so quick to grab a blanket and a selection of foods and just enjoy eating outdoors. It doesn’t have to be a well-planned activity, you can even have a quick picnic in your lunch break.’