Pimms, strawberries, Wimbledon, Blitz spirit barbecues... there are so many things that make British summertime glorious. In our opinion, though, a Welsh summer wouldn’t be complete without at least one perfectly indulgent picnic.
If you’re planning a trip to Wales this summer and you’re searching for picnic inspiration, read on for a guide to our favourite scenic lunch spots around the country.
If you can avoid getting sand in your sandwiches, this is a picnic spot that’s hard to beat. Situated in a small, enclosed bay backed by sand dunes, that's only accessible on foot, this gorgeous golden sand beach is incredibly scenic and tranquil. With no facilities around you’ll want to make sure you’re fully equipped – particularly if you decide to take a dip in the sea!
There’s a unique pleasure in sitting down to a hearty picnic after a long walk. If you love exploring woodland, take a trip to the Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, which is famous for its birdlife. Here you’ll find a number of nature trails varying in distance and difficulty, each of which promises its own unique scenic highlights – and numerous spots to sit and enjoy your lunch.
Who says you have to get out to the countryside to enjoy a peaceful and picturesque picnic? Our beautiful capital city is filled with gorgeous green spaces, the best of which is Bute Park. This sprawling area of parkland gets busy in the summer months, but with 56 hectares to explore, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect lunch spot.
Situated on a steep crag in the Black Mountains, this 13th century castle is not only a site of key historic value, but also the ideal place to enjoy a leisurely lunch. The castle is surrounded by grassy areas where you can spread out, and its altitude gives you stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The Elan Valley is famed for its reservoirs, and the best way to see them (while working up an appetite for lunch) is to walk or cycle along the Elan Valley Trail. This nine-mile route takes you along the banks of three reservoirs, giving you multiple opportunities to relax and enjoy a well-earned picnic. It’s worth noting that this route won’t be appropriate for pushchairs, wheelchairs, or anyone with mobility problems.
Though Llanddwyn remains connected to Anglesey by an isthmus that only disappears at high tide, it certainly feels like an island in its own right. Home to the ruins of an old chapel and a 19th century lighthouse, the rugged, windswept Llanddwyn is the perfect place for a post-walk picnic.
As we’ve seen, Barafundle Beach has its own unique charms, but Rhossili Beach may just beat it when it comes to sheer spectacle. This three-mile long stretch of golden sand is known for its water sports, but is also perfectly suited to scenic walks, sightseeing and – of course – a slap-up picnic.
As for where to stay nearby? You’ll have to check out some of our properties…