10 picnic spots with walks
From 8 March picnics with one other person will become THE hottest social event. Dig out your hamper and waterproof blanket, and order a bite before you find a bench with your bezzie.
1. Dane John Gardens, Canterbury
Try picnic spot Dane John Gardens a historic park set within Canterbury. The gardens’ origins go back to the first century AD when it was a Roman cemetery and burial mound. The remains of which you can still see today. Today it’s the perfect escape from the bustling city, take a stroll along the city walls and climb to the top of the mound for excellent views over the city and countryside.
Picnic pickup: We’d recommend Don Juan Sabor Latino for your picnic needs! With themed menus on weekends from fajitas, paella, bbq ribs and chips. There’s lots this Latin American coffee shop has to offer!
2. Knole Park, Sevenoaks
One of our fave National Trust sites Knole, is the perfect quiet spot for a catch up with some friends. But you may want to sit on a bench here to avoid the cheeky deers picking at your picnic!
Picnic pickup: The Brewhouse Café set within Knole’s grounds is now open for takeaway so you can stop there or you can grab a coffee from Sevenoaks High St where you can park, pick up your refreshments from Life on High, Otto’s or Basil and then walk in through the main entrance.
3. Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells
Calverley Grounds (not to be confused with private Calverley Park next door) is a community park set right in the centre of Tunbridge Wells. It’s a beautiful spot to have a picnic on the grass or you can sit on one of their many picnic tables and with the Adventure Playground being open, the fun will be sorted for hours!
Picnic pickup: You’re spoilt for choice on where to go for your takeout! Head to The Inside within The Adventure Playground or grab a drink from the High St, we’d recommend Esquire’s and Momentum. Or how about walk a bit further and pick up from Juliet’s or brand new Gail’s?
4. Penshurst Place
Just because Penshurst Place is closed doesn’t mean you can’t still visit! Their estate is one of the largest privately owned in the South East of England with 2,500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland, there’s so many public footpaths and walking trails to enjoy all year round. So bring a blanket and set up right opposite Penshurst Place with *that* view (pictured).
Picnic pickup: Located just outside Penshurst Places’ visitor entrance and car park, Porcupine Pantry is open for takeaway 9-5pm every day! It’s the perfect pitstops for walkers or cyclists with benches and tables dotted all around with lovely views of Penshurst Place.
5. Bedgebury National Pinetum
Award-winning Bedgebury has something for everyone with 3 walking trails, 3 cycling trails and 4 orienteering trails and waymarked running trail! Plus with over 12k trees, it’s a very beautiful place for a picnic spot.
Picnic pickup: Bedgebury Café is open for takeaway daily from 8:30am with plenty of benches and tables with view right over the stunning lake. Expect tasty hot and cold locally sourced food, delicious cakes and freshly baked pastries.
6. Haysden Country Park
Haysden Country Park is a 6 time winner of the Green Flag Award, offering 160 acres of beautiful countryside and a relaxing setting for a variety of leisure activities. With two lakes, Barden Lake and Haysden Water, it’s a very popular venue for a family days out. What a view!
Picnic pickup: The on-site Café ‘Cafe In The Park‘ is open for takeaways serving hot and cold snacks – excellent sausage and bacon rolls we hear! With a couple picnic benches dotted around.
7. Lower Leas Coastal Park, Folkestone
This award-winning park between Folkestone and Sandgate offers beautiful views of the coast and is home to the largest free adventure play area in the South East. It also boasts of an amphitheatre which hosts theatre and musical performances during the warmer months. It’s the perfect spot to sit in with gorgeous beach views.
Picnic pickup: The Lift Cafe is a unique cafe set in the iconic Folkestone Leas Lift Funicular Railway. Except homemade, delicious comfort food and high quality coffee and teas served in a beautiful setting. Open Tues-Sun, 10-3pm.
8. Deal beach
With a pier, a promenade and a long stretch of pebble beach, Deal’s beach is the perfect spot to unwind and have a a picnic. So roll up a beach towel and enjoy the seaside town.
Picnic pickup: We think you’ll love Deal Pier Kitchen which is a fab eatery at the end of Deal’s iconic pier is one of THE best spots to eat in town with fresh and organic food. With exceedingly good coffee and a tasty lunch menu, is perfect for your next picnic! Their takeaway shack is open Mon – Sun every week serving hot food and delicious pastries. Come down and enjoy a Lobster roll, Fish Finger sarnie or Beef Brisket Bap with a view!
9. Bewl Water
As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of the High Weald, Bewl Water is a beautiful place to visit. Walk around the reservoir and let the little ones loose in their Adventure Playground. With all that lovely green space, it’s easy to find a spot to settle down for a picnic. What’s not to love with water views like that?
Picnic pick up: The Waterfront Café has a large terrace looking out over the water with plenty of picnic tables, making it the perfect location to take in the views. Open for takeaway, Weds – Sun, 11am – 3pm. Enjoy light meals, fresh cakes, scones and a choice of snacks, ice cream and drinks.
10. Rusthall Common
Rusthall is famous for its sandstone rocks (produced by wind and water erosion during The Ice Age don’t ya know) so why not have a picnic around the infamous Toad Rock? Or sit on one of the few benches on the Happy Valley Trail (near The Beacon) and marvel at some of the best views of the countryside. For more info and the walking trails click here.
Picnic pickup: Firm Muddy favourite is Daily Bread, locally renowned for their freshly baked cakes and bread, big breakfasts and super lunches. All their bread is homemade, baked daily and delicious! They are currently open for takeaway, so perfect for your picnic pitstop.
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