Picnic spots at Kedleston
With over 800 acres of parkland, Kedleston has plenty of great picnic places. Whether you’ve been on a big adventure into the parkland's wilderness or for a potter around the Pleasure Grounds everyone loves a good picnic!
Down by the lake
Down by the lake is a favourite when it comes to picnics, especially for those who enjoy bird watching. The banks are a prime spot for wildlife, just make sure you’re careful not to disturb any of the nesting birds that call Kedleston home. You may spot heron, coot, mallard, swan and geese. There are benches by the water too, if you prefer.
Into the wilderness
For those who don’t mind walking a little further, the 'Wilderness' on the far side of the lake is a haven of calm. It has been intentionally left more rough and ready with fallen deadwood and long grass to keep a more natural environment and habitats for wildlife. Roll out your blanket beneath one of Derbyshire's most ancient trees and relax in the peace and quiet on the path less trodden.
Depending on what time of year you visit Kedleston’s woodland there's always something new to see. During the earlier summer months wild orchids are out. Later into the autumn a sea of golden leaves emerge, and in springtime bluebells and delicate yellow primroses make an appearance. It's one of our favourite places.
You'll find benches along the short walk route, offering far reaching views of the parkland and beyond.
Forgotten your sarnies?
Not to worry! You can buy all of your picnic essentials from the restaurant or kiosk at Kedleston. Sandwiches, lunch boxes for children, hot and cold drinks and snacks are all available in takeaway packaging. Ice creams are available from the shop, restaurant and kiosk too.
How about orienteering with a picnic along the way? The permanent orienteering course in the parkland at Kedleston is ideal for beginners of all ages, and you could break for lunch along the route. You can buy an orienteering map at Visitor Reception for £1.50, its on waterproof paper too, so you don't need to worry about it getting wet.