With the summer already off to a sizzling start, it’s time to dust off your picnic blanket, pack up your lunch and head out to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. But when the ‘North West is your Oyster’ where are the best locations for days out in the region with your picnic in tow? Here is a round up of some of the ‘best in the North West’.
Brock Bottom situated between Garstang and Preston is a beautiful old mill site. For a start there is free parking and picnic tables, but it is the tree lined walks down to the river that you will really love. Not far from this spot is Beacon Fell Country Park. Comprising of 27 acres of woodland, moorland and farmland. The Beacon Fell summit is 266 metres above sea level and offers spectacular views of the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay. On a clear day it is even possible to see the Isle of Man. This is also a great location for wildlife spotting, for those who are patient enough!
On the doorstep of Holdens & Co. Edgworth is The Jumbles, Wayoh and Entwistle Resevoir all with picturesque views making them beautiful spots for a summer’s day picnic and once you have indulged in your lunch you can take a walk around to work it all off leaving you guilt free!
Haigh Woodland Park had to make our list, not just because Holdens & Co. have an ice cream parlour in the heart of the park but it is also recognised as one of the North West’s most treasured natural attractions. Perfect for picnics, amazing for adventurers, and walkers with trails for miles and miles.
Just north of the City Centre lies Heaton Park , boldly referred to as the ‘biggest and best park in the North West, it is easy to see why picnic lovers favour this spot. Visit the animal centre, hire a rowing boat, take a train ride or simply just grab your spot and settle in for the afternoon with your picnic and catch some rays. There is no shortage of things to do at Heaton Park
Moving slightly further afield, Crummock Water rewards visitors taking a short walk with some spectacular views. Also certainly worth a visit is Basenthwaite Lake, with the added bonus of The Lakes Distillery, at the north end of the lake which opened in December 2014 producing artisan whisky, gin and vodka. There is a visitor centre here offering distillery tours. For those of you visiting with children, Mirehouse Gardens has wooded pathways leading to four different playgrounds, so kids of all ages are catered for as well.
Last but certainly not least on our list is Hare Hill in Cheshire. A National Trust property with its fabulous walled garden is the ideal place to relax. Take a leisurely stroll around the white borders, and enjoy the many varieties of plants and fragrances. Take a seat on one of the benches, relax and enjoy a book before laying down your rug and a picnic and whiling away the afternoon.
Of course there are so many more beautiful spots to enjoy a summer picnic but this should give you a good starting point. Check out Visit Lancashire’s Summer in Lancashire guide for some inspiration of where to take days out in the county with your picnic blanket in tow. Now all that is left is to pack that perfect picnic. Or better still let Holden’s & Co. do the hard work for you and order yours here for collection leaving you more time to enjoy this beautiful sunshine.
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