What can be better than good weather and good food coming together for a picnic, whether it is out with the family or as a cosy meal for two? To help celebrate National Picnic Week 15th – 24th June), Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism recently conducted a survey of visitors to the region to find their favourite picnic spots. With so many places to choose from, whether with stunning views, by the riverside or in a secluded glade, the Top 5 answers have been quite revealing.
Beechenhurst is the perfect rain or shine picnic location, with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy in the sunshine and indoor space just in case it rains. In the heart of the Forest, the centre is close to the Sculpture Trail and has a play area, cafe, shop and an exciting climbing tower.
- White Castle/Skenfrith Castle/St. Briavels Castle
Want a magnificent backdrop to enjoy while having a picnic? Then these castles have proved popular with visitors to the Dean Wye. White Castle and Skenfrith Castle are both in Monmouthshire, St Briavels is in Gloucestershire.
Mallards Pike was voted the best place to picnic in the South West in the Warburtons Picnic Awards 2010. The site consists of man-made lakes and is a popular attraction for walking, cycling and other adventure activities. With seasonal hot and cold refreshments on site Mallards Pike is a great location for a family picnic too.
Cannop Ponds is a popular picnic site in the Forest of Dean. It has a large grass area to spread out your picnic blankets and is close to the car park and the ponds. The ponds themselves are picturesque and are home to lots of wildlife including ducks, swards and even dragonflies.
- The Kymin
A two-storey circular Georgian banqueting house and naval temple, one mile east of Monmouth, in wooded hilltop grounds, which afford spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. When Admiral Lord Nelson visited the site in 1802 he described it as one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen.
For more information on visiting the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and to find the perfect picnic spot see www.wyedeantourism.co.uk