Herdy’s Top 10 Picnic Spots In The Lake District
1. Castlerigg Stone Circle
Nestled against a dramatic mountain backdrop, Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick makes the perfect stop for a spot of lunch. There is a small car park at the stone circle and it’s possible to walk from Keswick if you fancy a stroll. The historical site is among the earliest British circles, raised around 5000 years ago during the Neolithic period.
Photo Credit: Castlerigg Stone Circle / Jonny Gios
2. Stagshaw Gardens
A short walk from Ambleside, Stagshaw Gardens were created by the National Trust in 1957. The gardens feature an array of b-ewe-tiful flowers, with a babbling stream and secluded benches dotted along the way to enjoy your picnic.
3. Rydal Water
If you're looking for a quieter and more secluded spot for your picnic, Rydal Water is the place to be. This hidden gem is tucked away in the heart of the Lake District and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You can spread out your picnic blanket by the water's edge and watch the world go by, or take a walk along the lakeside path for a scenic stroll. With its peaceful and picturesque setting, Rydal Water is a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones.
Photo Credit: Rydal Water / Jonny Gios
Derwentwater is one of the most popular lakes in the Lake District, and for good reason. With its dramatic scenery and stunning views, it provides the perfect setting for a picnic with a view. You can choose from a variety of spots around the lake, from the peaceful shores of Friar's Crag to the bustling marina at Keswick. Whether you want to relax and take in the scenery or explore the lake by boat, Derwentwater is a fantastic spot for a picnic with plenty of activities and amenities to keep you entertained.
5. Easedale Tarn
Looking to entertain the little ones during your picnic escapades? Easedale Tarn has got you covered. With plenty of stone bridges for trolls to hide under and waterfalls cascading into crystal-clear pools, it's a place where imagination runs wild. Start your adventure at Allan Bank and embark on a fantastic circular walk that suits all ages. Trust us, even adults can't resist the magic!
Photo Credit: Buttermere / Jonny Gios
Welcome to a picturesque valley surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Buttermere is the kind of peaceful spot that calls for a leisurely picnic. Whether you choose to relax by the water's edge or take a refreshing stroll around the lake, the tranquil surroundings and breathtaking views won't disappoint. Hikers and walkers flock here for a reason—so why not join them for a day of hiking and picnicking in this natural paradise?
7. Tarn Hows
A true gem of the Lake District, with its tranquil waters and stunning views. This man-made lake is surrounded by lush woodland and rolling hills, providing the perfect backdrop for a picnic. You can relax by the water's edge, take a stroll around the lake, or even hire a rowing boat to explore the waters. Trust us, it's impossible to resist the charm of Tarn Hows, especially with its easy access and ample parking. Just pack your picnic basket and let the adventure begin!
Photo Credit: Tarn Hows / Jonny Gios
8. Fell Foot Park
A hidden gem in the southern Lakes, with plenty of green space and picnic areas to choose from. This charming park is situated on the shores of Lake Windermere and offers a variety of activities, from boating to outdoor games. You can spread out your picnic blanket by the water's edge and watch the boats go by, or take a walk around the park to explore its many attractions. With its easy access and family-friendly amenities, Fell Foot Park is a perfect spot for a day out with the whole family.
9. Castle Howe & Bowling Fell
Let's uncover Kendal's forgotten castle. Bowling Fell, once the site of Kendal's first castle, still holds remnants of the wooden motte and bailey, now known as Castle Howe. The location of this monument offers excellent views of the Kendal skyline—simply the perfect accompaniment to a summer picnic. So grab your blanket, your sense of history, and your appetite!
Photo Credit: Tobias Keller
The often-forgotten beauty of Loweswater is perfect for a spot of lunch. This western gem might be quieter than its counterparts, but it certainly doesn't lack in the views department. Holme Wood, located on the lake's southwestern edge, offers plenty of places to settle down and indulge in your outdoor feast. And don't worry, the walk won't take you ages, so you can savour every bite of your picnic goodies without any unnecessary hiking fatigue.
Whether you're looking for peace and quiet or adventure and activities, there's a spot for everyone in this beautiful corner of England. So grab your picnic basket, gather your flock, and head out for a day of fun and adventure in the Lakes.