It’s National Picnic Month throughout July and during the lockdown, we have become quite the experts. And now with travel restrictions being lifted, what better way to celebrate than to enjoy the warm weather away from the garden or your local park than one of the most beautiful picnic hotspots in the UK? To give you some inspiration, here is a look at a selection of beauty spots on the South Coast, where you can expect lush beaches, green walking trails and lots of history to explore.
The White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover are one of the UK’s best-known landmarks and provide a great spot to enjoy the amazing serene views and have a bite to eat on the grassy cliffs. There are also walking trails, wildlife, and plenty of local history to explore along the way. For a full day out, there are guided tours that take you to two local historical places – a hard hat head torch adventure to the Fan Bay Deep Shelter, followed by the South Foreland Lighthouse to take a look into the science and innovation of the Second World War.
On sunnier days, the sea of Dover can be perfectly calm, with many people being able to see buildings across The Channel in France on the clearest of days! If the weather isn’t great on the day you visit, there are two tearooms to pop in to for a delicious treat – so all is not lost!
Stonebarrow, West Dorset
Stonebarrow is a sea cliff that is well known as a fossil hunting location and is often a starting point for walkers around the Golden Cap estate, which offers a challenging walk for adventure lovers to enjoy with a steep ascent and descent along the route. However, walkers are rewarded with amazing panoramic views of sites such as St Wite’s Well and the remains of a medieval village. Along the walk, there are several picturesque stops perfect for a picnic and an hour’s rest, particularly if you enjoy peace and quiet. The coastal hill of Stonebarrow is the spot many visitors choose to rest on before descending to the close by village of Charmouth.
Manor Gardens, Exmouth
Manor Gardens is located just off the seafront of Exmouth and was originally part of an old Manor House. The gardens were extended in 1905 and have since been opened to the public. They are now a host for a wide variety of public entertainment which can be enjoyed from your chosen picnic spot in the gardens.
To truly take in the sea-view, why not choose an accommodation which allows you to soak in the coast first thing in the morning and last thing at night. There is a selection of sea-facing Exmouth holiday cottages which are perfect for a local stay after a long day exploring Exmouth. Seaview and Clipper Wharf are just a couple of apartments and holiday homes that face out onto Exmouth Marina and across the Exe Estuary, out to sea.
Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
Porthcurno is a small beach on the south coast of Cornwall around 5km from Land’s End. The beach has won many awards for its gorgeous natural beauty, with high cliffs and pure turquoise water to marvel in. The beach is popular throughout Summer and is a favoured tourist attraction for families with children, as close by venues include the Minack Theatre and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum keep everyone entertained after a few hours on the beach.
This spot is perfect for family activities and a spot of lunch in the sun, with pasties and crab sandwiches available if you fancy trying some of the local delicacies that Cornwall has to offer.
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