It doesn't take much to encourage a British person to think about a picnic. A glimpse of sunshine, a sniff of scotch egg or finding a blanket in the back of a car. Here are some great picnic spots near you.
Butterflies are perhaps our best-loved insects; bright, colourful emblems of warmth and sunshine. Why not see for yourself and enjoy a stroll in the sunshine at one of our brilliant butterfly spots across the Thames and Chilterns?
Which butterflies will you see flitting amongst the wildflowers on chalk downland? To help you identify the rare and common species, print off the pdf, fold in half lengthways, then concertina-fold to create a handy, palm-sized guide to take on your walk.
Oxfordshire is perfect for country walking. There are wildflower meadows on the Buscot and Coleshill estate along the river in west Oxfordshire. White Horse Hill offers incredible views over six counties and there are rolling hills for gentle walks on the Greys Court estate in Oxfordshire.
This summer, wonderful surprises await you behind each doorway through the Walled Garden at Greys Court. Discover some of the best spots to pause for thought and learn how our team maintain the experience, courtesy of Head Gardener, Adam Ford.
There are loads of friendly National Trust supporter groups in the Thames Valley. They help support our places like Stowe, Hughenden and Greys Court by volunteering and fundraising. They also get together for fun days out, holidays and lectures.
As nature wakes up after winter, why not head to the woodland at Cliveden, The Vyne or Maidenhead and Cookham Commons to see the trees coming into leaf. There are lots of places to see signs of spring on a walk around Berkshire and the Thames Valley.