GET LOST: Countryside Picnic Spots

Six hand-picked spots for a very Fortnum's picnic outing

Lovers of good food and the great outdoors, rejoice: Picnic Season is here at last.

Al fresco eating is one of life’s little pleasures. We need only the flimsiest of excuses to take a well-stocked hamper out into the world, and not even a pessimistic weather forecast can stand in our way when there's open-air feasting to be done.

That’s why, to get you out and about this Picnic Season, we’ve assembled a handy guide to a few of our favourite countryside picnic spots across the length and breadth of Britain.

Discover our hand-picked selection of green and pleasant spaces, explore the picnics we’ve prepared to accompany you, and start planning a little blue sky adventure with us.

This list features six locations, but it could have numbered six hundred very easily...
SHOP ALL PICNICS

#1: Elan Valley, Powys

Photo by Ed Jeavons, used under Creative Commons license
SHOP PICNIC FOOD

REASONS TO VISIT
There are 72 square miles of countryside, all teeming with wildlife and wild flowers, not to mention the famous Victorian-era dams and reservoirs which shape the landscape, and create a stunning backdrop to any picnic
WHAT TO TAKE

The Groombridge Picnic

A picnic to transport the grand tradition of Afternoon Tea to the great outdoors, it's packed with tarts, cakes, sandwiches and wine
WHO TO INVITE
The whole family, a large group of friends, or both. A fabulous location for an outdoor party

#2: Mottisfont, Hampshire

Photo by Tony Newell, used under Creative Commons license
SHOP FRESH PICNICS

REASONS TO VISIT
There's an historic abbey, a beautiful country estate and gardens (complete with an abundance of rose bushes and lime trees) to explore, and the gently-flowing River Test to walk, sit and sip beside
WHAT TO TAKE

The Primrose Picnic

Packed with outdoor essentials from scotch eggs and pasta, to smoked salmon and salads, chocolate pots and sippable wines
WHO TO INVITE
A great spot for a busy family day out, or a romantic picnic for two

#3: Windermere, Lake District

Photo by Wray Castle (flickr), used under Creative Commons license
SHOP PICNIC WINES & SPIRITS

REASONS TO VISIT
Home to Britain's largest natural lake and lined on all sides by beautiful countryside, the number of perfect picnicking spots is overwhelming. Wherever you stop for a bite, you're guaranteed breathtaking views. Just be sure to bring suitable footwear...
WHAT TO TAKE

The Hampton Picnic

A famous wicker filled with wine, chocolate, crudities and more. Perfect for savoury snackers.
WHO TO INVITE
Perfect for a sunny day trek with friends, or a particularly adventurous family day out

#4: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Photo by Karen Roe, used under Creative Commons License
SHOP BBQ

REASONS TO VISIT
With a famous castle, rugged and beautiful countryside, rolling sand dunes and a charming village to explore, Bamburgh is a full day's excursion. Perfect for a more active day of picnicking
WHAT TO EAT

The Rambler Picnic

this picnic is packed with ramble-ready food and champagne - sustenance for the avid traveller.
WHO TO INVITE
A group of adventure-ready friends eager for a well-fed ramble. Don't forget to bring your pup along too - there's plenty of space for a long run

#5: Devil's Dyke, Sussex

Photo by Malcolm Oakley, used under Creative Commons license
SHOP PICNIC HAMPERS

REASONS TO VISIT
For the wide-open and rolling green fields, the spectacular views across the South Downs and the wild flowers at every turn. As for the name? Local folklore explains the valley as the work of the devil, who was digging a trench to allow the sea to flood the many churches in Sussex. (The churches remain unflooded, in case you were worrying)
WHAT TO TAKE

The Four-Person Canvas Picnic Backpack

Packed with every accessory required for a successful picnic, all that's missing is the food (and a trip to our Food Hall can help with that)
WHO TO INVITE
Anyone with a passion for the traditional sights, sounds and scents of the British countryside

#6: Postbridge, Devon

Photo by Tracey Hind, used under Creative Commons license
SHOP CONDIMENTS

REASONS TO VISIT
A hamlet in the heart of Dartmoor, Postbridge is best known for its ancient clapper bridge (pictured), believed to have been in place since the 14th century. What's more, on both sides of the bridge lies some of the best picnicking terrain imaginable
WHAT TO TAKE

The Hampstead Vegan Picnic

A picnic for anyone who relishes the experience of fresh food under open skies, everything required for a full vegan feast, from starter to pudding, is inside. Now to wait for a pocket of sunshine...
WHO TO INVITE
Anyone with an appetite for open-air dining, come blue skies or grey

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