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The local park is nice, but, let’s face it – there’s no castle within eyeshot. Grab your blanket, basket, sandwich makings and plenty of wine and enjoy an Insta-worthy picnic at these top British destinations.

 

Grab a Bite by Bamburgh Castle | Northumberland, England

Once home to the kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle has watched over Northumberland’s shoreline for centuries. It has witnessed royal rebellions and bloody battles and has been the backdrop for spellbinding legends. These days the castle is a breathtaking landmark on England’s northeast coast, and with stretches of beach offering views up to the fortress, it’s an ideal spot to have a picnic and take in the scenery.

Pig Out at a Picture-Perfect Picnic | Cotswolds, England

Despite its somewhat ghoulish name, Lower Slaughter (which actually means “wet land”) is an idyllic village in the English county of Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds. Through the heart of this picturesque village runs the Little Eye Stream, lined with unspoiled limestone cottages.

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Lunch Like Lord and Lady of the Manor | Northumberland, England

While the mansion of the Wallington Estate is a fairly formal affair, the surrounding gardens are made for spreading out on a sunny day. With rolling lawns, grassy courtyards and secluded spots by lakes and ponds, the hardest part will be deciding where to unfold the blanket.  And you can always nip into a nearby farm shop to top up with some homemade cake.

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Nibble with Nessie | Highlands Region, Scotland

Steeped in centuries of legends with no end of picnic possibilities – the Loch Ness region in Scotland’s Highlands. This beautiful area has trails to explore, touring cruises to take, and idyllic locations in which to hunker down and eat your lunch. You can even try to spot Nessie while enjoying a sausage roll or two.

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