The summer is finally on it’s way and sunny days mean one thing to me. Picnics! After all, is there anything nicer than packing up a picnic of delicious goodies, finding a scenic spot and eating al fresco.
Here are some of our favourite scenic spots in Yorkshire to enjoy a picnic:
This chocolate box pretty village makes a great spot for a picnic. Pick your spot on the green then go for a paddle in the stream that runs right through the village. It’s well worth visiting the open-air Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole too and making a day of it.
#02 Rosedale Abbey
The pretty as a picture Rosedale Abbey is right in the middle of the North York Moors National Park. You can either take a seat on the village green or head to Millennium Cross for spectacular views.
#03 Jervaulx Abbey
Explore the grounds of beautiful 12th century Jervaulx Abbey in Nidderdale then pick out your perfect picnic spot. It’s peaceful and very picturesque. Dogs are allowed on the grounds of the abbey as long as they are kept on a lead.
#04 Aysgarth Falls
Landscapes don’t get much more dramatic than the waterfalls at Aysgarth Falls. This famous Yorkshire beauty spot was featured in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and you’ll find picnic areas where you can enjoy an al fresco lunch.
#05 Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey is a perennially popular spot for a picnic and there’s a wide choices of places you can spread out a blanket to enjoy your feast. As well as the priory ruins there’s over 80 miles of footpaths to explore including riverside, woodland and moorland paths. There’s even a beached area by the river. Find out more.
#06 Brimham Rocks
This natural rock formation is one of the most famous sites in Yorkshire and you can take your pick between eating in the designated picnic area or throwing a rug over one of the flatter rocks. Afterwards you can go exploring to burn off your food!
#07 Treasurer’s House in York
York may be a city but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a picnic within its medieval walls. There’s plenty of green spaces to enjoy including Museum Gardens but I think a great choice is the peaceful Treasurer’s House.
#08 Roseberry Topping
Whether or not you choose to climb up the 320 metres (or 1049 feet) to the summit of Roseberry Topping, you can enjoy a lovely picnic amongst the bluebells at the bottom. Alternatively the car park at picnic area at Clay Bank gives a great view of this impressive hill.
#09 Clifftops at Ravenscar
You can work up an appetite for your picnic with a clifftop walk following the Cleveland Way along the Yorkshire Coast. You’ll get stunning views of the beaches below and one of our favourite places to stop for a picnic is at Ravenscar. There’s even a designated picnic area by the visitor’s centre. Find out more.
#10 Studley Royal Water Garden
The beautiful Georgian Studley Royal Water Gardens make a gorgeous backdrop for a summery picnic. With ponds, statues, flora and fauna exploring the garden (and historic Fountain’s Abbey) is a lovely way to spend the day. Find out more
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