Best of British al fresco picnic spots

Great Britain is blessed with a wonderful selection of locations for al fresco dining. Here are a few of our favourite picnic spots.

Padley gorge

Padley Gorge

One of the most magical parts of the Peak District, set in beech and sycamore woodlands, Padley Gorge is an idyllic spot for a cool, summery picnic. Take the stone path through the wooded gorge, accompanied by the sound of water gushing over Burbage Brook. At the top is open heathland, so take your pick as to where to settle.

The gorge is popular with kids, who love paddling in the icy water and scrambling on the stones. If you forget your picnic, you can buy the lot from the Longshaw Estate shop 15 minutes away—the cakes are all home-baked by Sue, and much of the produce comes from their kitchen garden. There’s also a visitors’ centre, with maps of suggested walks.