We all love a good picnic on a sunny summer’s day, don’t we? Lounging on colourful tartan blankets in beautiful surroundings with the children playing nearby… dainty sandwiches, homemade sausage rolls and quiche, flasks of hot tea and lashings of ginger beer tumbling from a bountiful wicker basket… Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?
Okay, so the reality tends to be a bit different. It’s more likely to be a few squashed cheese sandwiches, crushed crisps and a couple of bottles of pop squeezed into a kids backpack, while they bicker over who gets cheese and onion! Nevermind, the sentiment is still there!
Whatever your alfresco feast looks like, a picnic is an adventure that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. In this article, we share our favourite spots in North Wales to roll out the picnic blanket this summer…
A beautiful sandy beach with mountains behind, a kids play park, a duck pond and lots of grassy space makes this a perfect picnic pitch! There’s plenty of room to park (although it gets very busy in good weather), toilets and gorgeous views. What more could you want from a picnic spot?
Llandudno West Shore
The North Shore of Llandudno gets most of the attention, but that means the West Shore is often quieter, which is better for a peaceful picnic. The iconic Great Orme rises behind you and is an ideal spot to walk off those sausage rolls after lunch. Try visiting at sunset – it’s incredible.
Our favourite place in the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’ overlooks the River Llugwy. Cross the famous Pont-y-Pair Bridge and to your left is a lovely spot with a few picnic tables and bins. It’s just a few yards from the hustle and bustle of the village, but feels a million miles away. Eat your sarnies to the soundtrack of rushing water, rustling leaves and birdsong.
Padarn Country Park, Llanberis
Don’t get distracted by the scenery at this majestic picnic spot. Brooding mountains, ancient woodland and a glacial lake are nature’s dining room here – it’s breathtaking. After you’ve finished eating, why not take a trip on the Llanberis Lake Steam Railway and explore all this lovely country park has to offer?
Rachel Cooper is a blogger at parenting website Coffee, Cake, Kids and mama to three boys. A Brummie by birth, Rachel gave up the city life and moved to North Wales, where she can usually be found on a beach building sandcastles.