It’s a great time of year for a picnic so why not celebrate National Picnic Week by packing some butties and heading off to one of our favourite picnic places?
Sunbiggin Tarn is a lovely, peaceful place 4 miles from the village of Orton. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest surrounded by peaceful, open moorland and popular with many species of birds. Keep an eye out for Great Crested Grebes, Goldeneyes & migrating Green Sandpipers. A short walk away you can find Howes Well ring cairn, like a mini stone circle & you can also walk on Great Asby Scar with its limestone pavements.
Arnside Promenade is a great place for a picnic overlooking the Kent estuary in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s parking along the roadside with great views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland fells beyond. Arnside has a little parade of shops dating back to Victorian times which are also worth exploring.
Scout Scar is to the West of Kendal on the Underbarrow Road. There is a good area for parking just off the main road. Walk up the ‘Easy Access’ route to picnic on the bench at the view-point or carry on a bit further to the shelter known locally as The Mushroom, a little round structure with a map of the fells around the inside of the roof.
Devil’s Bridge crosses the river Lune at Kirkby Lonsdale. Relax by the river with a picnic then head off into Kirkby Lonsdale, along the riverside footpath. There are some nice shops in the town and plenty of places to grab a coffee. It can get rather busy at Devil’s Bridge at weekends but there is usually space to park either side of the minor road which leads to the bridge off A65.
Gummers How is a hill to the West of Lake Windermere where spectacular views (and sandwiches) can be enjoyed. Leave your car in the car park and follow the marked footpath to the view point on the opposite side of the road. On a clear day you can see for miles!