Top picnic spots in the Midlands 2014

Croome is one of the top National Trust places to enjoy a picnic © Paul Harris

Croome is one of the top National Trust places to enjoy a picnic

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than packing a picnic and catching up with friends and family. With acres of gardens and countryside, we have some of the best places in the country for eating outside and enjoying the view.

Here are some of our perfect picnic spots to stop for a tasty treat:

Attingham Park, Shropshire

There are picnic benches aplenty amidst the abundance of apple trees at Attingham Park, plus waterside views alongside the river.

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Belton's beautiful boathouse, recently restored using traditional materials and methods, is a delightful and tranquil location by the lake to picnic beside. It’s also an ideal place for bird watching, spotting dragonflies and enjoying the colour of the yellow flag irises in early summer.

Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

Over in Herefordshire you can choose the idyllic backdrop of the timber framed moated manor house of Lower Brockhampton, the perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy some fine outdoor picnicking.

Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills

Sitting on top of the Burway in Church Stretton offers amazing views over Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills. Why not top up your picnic with ice-cream or homemade cake from the Chalet Pavilion in the valley?

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Whether it is cycling, orienteering or a gentle stroll in this spacious park, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun with all the family at Clumber Park, followed by a relaxing picnic by the lake.

Croome, Worcestershire

Whether you’d like to take in the open space of the south lawn or a take a romantic break on the steps of the secluded rotunda folly, there is the perfect spot for you at Croome. Picnics are welcomed throughout the beautiful park and gardens where you can find follies to sit in, islands to spread out on and dramatic views to experience while you enjoy your lunch.

Dovedale, Derbyshire

Settling on the banks of the River Dove by the iconic stepping stones in Dovedale is a great way to enjoy a picnic stop, with spectacular views. The perfect spot to rest after climbing to the peak of Thorpe Cloud for far reaching views of the Peak District.

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

There are four gardens for you to picnic in at Hardwick Hall: the wild meadow garden surrounded by cornflowers; the orchard garden amid the variety of trees; the herb garden, surrounded by the scent of herbs and the cottage garden full of vegetables.

Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

Lyveden New Bield is a top location for a quiet picnic. Shade yourself in the garden lodge area or relax alongside one of the moats.

Packwood House, Warwickshire

After running through the famous collection of yews, settle down in the grounds of Packwood House, which provide you with the perfect setting for a picnic with beautiful gardens and a lake.

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, nr Wolverhampton

Known as a suburban paradise, the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Wolverhampton, Wightwick offers you seventeen acres of impressive Arts and Crafts gardens, perfect for laying down the picnic rug and relaxing with lunch.