PICNIC SPOTS IN CORNWALL: 11 PRETTY PLACES
Whether it’s perched next to a river, on a hill top or warming your toes on a sandy beach, pack a basket and enjoy the view in Cornwall…
The picturesque Helford River is the perfect place to stop by on a warm day to enjoy a homemade picnic. Afterwards, take the ferry and visit Glendurgan Gardens and Trebah Gardens for a stroll through a sub-tropical paradise and immerse yourself in the flourishing flora and beautiful wildlife. To quench your thirst perhaps a pint is in order. Close to the river is The Ferryboat Inn, a 16th century pub with plenty of real ales to enjoy.
Situated in one of the oldest towns in Cornwall is the Marazion Beach, with its golden sands and breathtaking view towards St Michael’s Mount. Find the perfect spot to sit and tuck into a lovingly prepared picnic on this peaceful seaside stretch. Why not dip your feet in the beautiful coastal waters after your food or pop to the nearby children’s playground and let the little ones run free?
The north of Cornwall is home to the glorious Sandymouth Beach, a National Trust beach with its perfect mix of pebbles and sand. The beach is nestled in between Bude and Morwenstow, guarded by the striking Cornish cliffs and is well-known for its surfing potential making for a lively summer spot.
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Near to Truro is the Trewithen Gardens, a private, historic estate surrounded by flourishing flora. This relaxing retreat has plenty of old trees, rare shrubs and a beautiful lawn that may be the longest in Cornwall. Sit by the 20th century romantic magnolia fountain and enjoy some homemade treats.
Discover the wooded valley at Golitha Falls with a long walk, spotting the magnificent floral displays along the way. Situated at the end of the valley is the picturesque River Fowey, the perfect place to stop and tuck into a picnic. See if you can spot the otters at the waterfall which passes through Draynes and Treverbyn Bridge.
The Rame Head has been named an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) with its large planes of manicured countryside and beautiful landmarks. Visit the 16th century, medieval chapel or the nearby Mount Edgecumbe Country Park for a beautiful garden in south-east Cornwall. Perhaps you’d like to explore the twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand before stopping off for something to eat.
Bodmin Moor is another one of Cornwall’s AONB with many popular features like the Cheesewring Quarry’ situated above the Minions’. On the south east is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site with beautiful rivers running through it such as the DeLank River and Upper River Fowey.
Home to golden sands and crystal clear waters is the popular beach destination for families, Porthcurno Beach. This west Cornish gem is close to the fascinating 20th century Minack Theatre and Telegraphy Museum. You may have spotted this dreamy destination as one of the filming locations for the television series Poldark.
The Lizard Peninsula
In southern Cornwall is the picturesque Lizard Peninsula, home to some of the prettiest beaches such as Kynance Cove, Kennack Sands and Coverack beach. Take a stroll down the south west coast path walk from The Lizard to Coverack and maybe even stop off to do a bit of fishing for dinner.
Lanhydrock House and Garden
Visit Lanhydrock House and Garden, the National Trust’s 19th century stately home surrounding by 1000 acres of woodland. Take one of the picturesque bike trails with the family in tow and find a spot to enjoy some lunch. After exploring the grounds and woodland, why not pay a visit to the jaw-dropping Victorian house itself?
Bring your four-legged friend along to Cotehele, owned by the National Trust, home to beautiful industrial ruins, flora and woodland. The children will just love the climbing frame in the picnic meadow, so let them run wild while you lay down a blanket and enjoy the fresh air and some good food.
Written by Georgia Atkins