A breathtaking Jacobean mansion – complete with a stunning formal garden three centuries in the making – Blickling Estate boasts 4,600 acres of beautiful parkland that’s perfect for exploring on foot or by bike.
Rich with wildlife and stunning views, our advice is to set your picnic down in the gardens by the grand old house itself – with the birds twittering in the trees above and the makings of an open air cheeseboard on your rug, it’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Situated on the banks of the River Bure, near Ludham the ruins at St Benet’s Abbey are an iconic landmark of the Norfolk Broads. A thousand years ago, it was a thriving monastery, and today it’s still a bustling little spot – albeit for walkers and picnickers rather than anyone on monastic duty.
Surrounded by an abundance of beautiful countryside, it's also one of the few places in Britain where the Common Crane can be seen – and at the height of summer, you might also catch a glimpse of the rare Norfolk hawker dragonfly and the swallowtail butterfly too.
Wait: there’s a mountain in Norfolk? Well, sort of.
The 16-mile, so-called ‘Mountain’ walk at Felbrigg Estate weaves through wonderful parkland and countryside, skirts picturesque villages like Sheringham and Weybourne – and gets its unlikely name from the combined 1140ft of gradients that feature on this epic trail.
So while there’s no ‘peak’ on which to stop and picnic, there are certainly many, many spots along the route where you’ll feel compelled to pop a cork or dig into something delicious. Let the adventure begin!