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Friday 18th June 2021

Six Delicious Picnic Spots in Cornwall

Where Fortnum's goes, adventure follows: welcome to the first in our summer-long series in which we visit some of the greatest picnic spots across the UK, beginning in Cornwall. Kernow bys vyken! 

A little adventure is good for you. Take a little Fortnum’s with you and it can be delicious too.

 

With summer coming – and overseas jaunts looking a little unlikely for the moment – we’re in the mood to get outside.

 

So we’ve been busy exploring staycation ideas that are a little closer to home. Places within easy reach by car or train (or if you’re us, hot air balloon) where all you need for a grand day out is a little adventurous spirit and a fully-laden cool bag or picnic hamper.

 

Our first stop? Crantock, near Newquay in Cornwall. From secluded picnic spots to stop and relax a while, to energetic locations to get your heart pumping a little faster, we’ve got you covered. Let the adventures begin!

 

 

The wild swimming on offer at Crantock Beach is fantastic. Pack some beach or swim shoes so the local weever fish don’t give you a little nip

 

 

THE BEACH

 

Where better to start than the beach? Famed for its swimming, snorkelling, surfing – and for the occasional visit from a dolphin – the golden sands of the National Trust-maintained Crantock Beach are a must-visit. And if you’d rather sit and watch than dive into the water yourself, it just so happens to be a super location to unfurl your picnic rug, crack open the snacks, and enjoy a glass or two of something chilled in the sunshine.

 

 

THE SWIM

 

All that being said – and assuming you do it on an empty stomach and you’ve not been at the bottles in your picnic wicker first – the wild swimming on offer at Crantock Beach is fantastic. Pack some beach or swim shoes so the local weever fish don’t give you a little nip, follow the local advice on where and when to dive in, then enjoy the bracing Kernow waters. Lovely.

 

 

THE HIDDEN GEM

 

And because this is Cornwall, there are plenty of other great spots to take a dip just a short journey away – including at our personal favourite, Porth Joke. A tiny, unspoiled cove nestled between two wildflower-covered headlands that jut out to sea, this hidden gem is known by the locals as Polly Joke and both the water and the beach itself are gorgeous. Typically quiet and unhurried, it’s a great spot to stretch out with some cheese, pâté and biscuits and a cup of something refreshing.

 

 

THE FAMILY FAVOURITE

 

Just a few miles inland from Crantock Beach is Lappa Valley, a picturesque spot where you can take a steam train ride through the Cornish countryside. Sure to be a hit with any little (and larger) ones with a thing for locomotives, there’s plenty of rolling green space around too, perfect for a little al fresco feasting.

 

 

Typically quiet and unhurried, Porth Joke is a great spot to stretch out with some cheese, pâté and biscuits and a cup of something refreshing

 

 

 

THE DOG WALK

 

Packed the pup as well as the picnic supplies? Splendid, because the dog walking scenery around Crantock is truly stunning. Just be careful around the cliff edges – don’t let yourself get distracted by whatever you’re sipping from that flask of yours. We recommend letting the hound stretch their legs in Fistral Beach. A picture-postcard Cornish beach where the waves rise and curl and crash in dramatic fashion, it’s got plenty of open space for the dog (and you) to build up a little speed.

 

 

THE LANDMARK

 

Heading back inland once more, our final stop is Trerice, an historic Tudor era manor set in glorious gardens. The manor even has its own orchards, filled with all manner of fruit trees. And what could be more deliciously British than an impromptu picnic (even if it is meticulously planned) in the sunny shadows of a homegrown apple tree? 

 

 

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