Top 5 picnic spots as voted by visitors to the Dean Wye

Written by: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism

What  can  be  better  than good  weather  and good food  coming  together for  a  picnic,  whether it  is  out with  the  family or  as  a  cosy meal  for two?  To  help celebrate  National  Picnic Week  in June,  Wye Valley  and  Forest of  Dean  Tourism recently  conducted  a survey  of  visitors to  the  region to  find  their favourite  picnic spots.  With  so many  places  to choose  from,  whether with  stunning  views, by  the  riverside or  in  a secluded  glade,  the Top  5  answers have  been  quite  revealing.

1. Beechenhurst Lodge

Beechenhurst is the perfect rain or shine picnic location, with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy in the sunshine and indoor space just in case it rains. In the heart of the Forest, the centre is close to the Sculpture Trail and has a play area, cafe, shop and an exciting climbing tower. 

2. White Castle/ Skenfrith Castle / St. Briavels Castle 

Want a magnificent backdrop to enjoy while having a picnic? Then these castles have proved popular with visitors to the Dean Wye. White Castle and Skenfrith Castle are both in Monmouthshire, St Briavels is in Gloucestershire. 

3. Mallard’s Pike 

Mallards Pike was voted the best place to picnic in the South West in the Warburtons Picnic Awards 2010. The site consists of man-made lakes and is a popular attraction for walking, cycling and other adventure activities. With seasonal hot and cold refreshments on site Mallards Pike is a great location for a family picnic too. 

4. Cannop Ponds 

Cannop Ponds is a popular picnic site in the Forest of Dean. It has a large grass area to spread out your picnic blankets and is close to the car park and the ponds. The ponds themselves are picturesque and are home to lots of wildlife including ducks, swards and even dragonflies. 

5. The Kymin 

A two-storey circular Georgian banqueting house and naval temple, one mile east of Monmouth, in wooded hilltop grounds, which afford spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. When Admiral Lord Nelson visited the site in 1802 he described it as one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen. 

For more information on visiting the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and to find the perfect picnic spot see

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