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UK picnic hotspots

Your friends are gathered and your food is packed, but where is the best place to go?

In the UK, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful picnic spots; sometimes it can be difficult to know where is the best place to go.

Next time you plan a picnic, head to one of these gorgeous destinations for a day out to remember. There is something for everyone - whether you enjoy city views, beaches or woodlands!

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Next to a loch at Loch Lomond, Rowardennan, Scotland - postcode: G63 0AR

Set within the spectacular Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is the tranquil Loch Lomond. The lake is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Scotland, nestled beneath the magnificent Ben Lomond mountain.

Head to the small rural community of Rowardennan, at the foot of the mountain, where you can picnic beside the loch and even take a dip. Head to the hills for walks around the area with varying difficulties.

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On the coast at Durdle Door, Dorset, England - postcode: BH20 5PU

Dorset's Durdle Door, near Lulworth Cover, is well-known for good reason. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a geography-lover's paradise - with a breath-taking natural limestone arch, that was formed over 10,000 years ago, eroded by waves opening out a fault line in the rock.

Whether you want to picnic on the beach right next to the awe-striking landmark, or stay on the headland that overlooks it, this area of the Jurassic coastline is a wonderful and easily accessible place to enjoy a day out with family or friends.

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With a city-view at Bathwick Hill, Bath, England - postcode: BA2 6EN

Bathwick Hill is the perfect spot for admiring the historic city of Bath from above.

You can get there in various ways, but the most popular is via the Bath Skyline Walk - three or six miles, depending on which trail you take.

Both routes take you through grand old streets, public gardens, along the canal and onto Bathwick Fields.

At the top, there is a harmony between countryside and city that will invigorate your appetite - although the hike will do that too!

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In castle ruins at Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire, Wales - postcode: SA19 6UA

Built at the end of the 13th century, the ruins of Carreg Cennen casts a dramatic silhouette against wild, open countryside.

The castle is perched atop a limestone crag nearly 300ft/90m above the Rover Cennen, and it dominates the skyline for miles around - commanding all to cast their eyes towards it.

With intense views and a rich history, the castle and surrounding area are perfect for those who want a quiet and romantic picnic.

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On the riverside at Dedham Vale, Essex, England - postcode: CO7 6DH

The Dedham Vale Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty is renowned for its gorgeous picnic spots and riverside walks. Also known as Constable Country, Dedham Vale was loved by famous landscape painter, John Constable, and inspired many of his artworks.

Find the perfect spot next to the River Stour, and after eating, there are plenty of footpaths to explore and vistas to take in.

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In the forest at Rendlesham, Suffolk, England - postcode: IP12 3NF

Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk is situated in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With trees that stretch for miles in all directions, it's the perfect place to get lost in nature.

The forest is a delight to discover by bike or foot, so take your picnic with you in a rucksack and find the perfect spot beneath the trees.

There is even a UFO trail that celebrates the forest's famous UFO sighting that took place back in December 1980.

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In a park at Greenwich Park Flower Garden, London, England - postcode: SE10 8XH

If you live in London, finding a quiet picnic spot can be a challenge in the summer - but you can escape the crowds if you head to the top of this park to picnic in its beautifully calm flower garden.

Enjoy vegan delights sitting underneath a towering cedar tree, surrounded by spectacular spring and summer blooms.

The Flower Garden is a favourite spot for parents with young children, due to its floral displays and the potential to spot deer - wander through the woodland and you might spot the small herd of red and fallow deer, but remember to keep back and give them space to be.

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On the marshes at Tollesbury, Essex, England - postcode: CM9 8SB

Nature lovers will adore a picnic among the saltmarshes and pebbled beaches of Tollesbury - the historic maritime village is abundant in walks and wildlife.

The area spans 600 acres of rough pasture, borrowdykes, sea walls, wet flushes, pools and saltmarsh, where vole, pygmy shrew, marsh harriers, reed warblers, butterflies and dragonflies live.

Find a spot on the seawall to take in the expansive views around the Blackwater, and enjoy an afternoon with Mother Earth.

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