Lake District Picnic Spots
11 June 2024

With National Picnic Week running from 14 - 23 June, there's no better time to pack up some delicious local treats and head out for an alfresco feast in the stunning Lake District countryside. Whether you're staying in one of our Windermere cottages or spending some time in an Ullswater, cottage, here are some of our top picnic spot recommendations.

Windermere Picnic Spots

Tarn Hows is a firm favourite with people of all ages. It offers a picturesque lake surrounded by woodland walks. The easy paths make it perfect for families, and the views are simply unforgettable.

If you're after a touch of history with your picnic, head to Wray Castle. The National Trust property boasts stunning views across Windermere, with plenty of space to spread out on the lawns.

Another National Trust spot is Fell Foot Park, a haven for families. With a playground, cafe, and even the opportunity for a spot of boating, there's something for everyone. Find a peaceful spot on the banks of Windermere and soak up the sunshine. Just be aware that you might have to share your space with the ducks.

Finally, for stunning panoramic views over Windermere and the Lakeland fells, make the short but steep hike up to the top of Orrest Head. The spectacular vistas provide a stunning backdrop to any picnic. 

Ullswater Picnic Spots

You could combine your picnic with a visit to the breathtaking Aira Force waterfall. The short walk to the falls is perfect for all abilities, and the sound of cascading water is sure to add a touch of magic to your alfresco lunch.

For a tranquil escape, Glencoyne Bay is the perfect picnic spot. Surrounded by woodland, the bay is a haven for wildlife and a great spot for a relaxing picnic. You may even see one of the elusive red squirrels.

Another fantastic choice is Silver Bay. This scenic bay on the Ullswater Way offers amazing views, while the surrounding trees offer dappled shade on a sunny day. There's also plenty of space for children to run around.


If you want to make a day of it, then a trip to Buttermere will not disappoint. The four-and-a-half-mile circular walk is easily accessible and will take about three hours to complete. However, factor in a little more time as the lake shore is dotted with little beaches you can make your own, so you can while away the time enjoying your alfresco dining. For beautiful scenery and a bit of tranquillity, Buttermere is the answer.

Leave no trace

No matter which idyllic picnic location you choose, please remember to be kind to the environment. Take all your litter home with you and leave no trace on the land. By working together, we can ensure the Lake District continues to be a beautiful place for picnics for generations to come.

So, pack your favourite treats and find your perfect spot. We hope you have a fantastic time exploring the Lake District.

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