To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Top Picnic Spots

5th May 2016

Categories: News

The days are getting longer, sunnier and at last warmer so it's time to get out side and make the most of it.

One of the best ways to spend a summer's day is laying out the picnic rugs and opening a hamper full of delicious food and drink.

In Harrogate District we are lucky to have an amazing choice of spots, in town centres, by rivers and in the hills. Here are a few of our favourite places to picnic:

Hackfall Woods near Masham
Walk through the woods, exploring the follies as you go. Great fun for a family walk, children's imagination can run riot and adults will enjoy the breathtaking views.

Harrogate Valley Gardens
Sit surrounded by flowers just a short walk away from Harrogate Town Centre. A great spot to enjoy a break from shopping.

Spa Gardens in Ripon 
Enjoy lunch in the beautiful gardens at the heart of Ripon after spending the morning at the market or visiting the Cathedral and Museums.

Swinsty Reservoir
Enjoy a walk around Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs then picnic on the edge of the reservoir under the tall pine trees 

Brimham Rocks
Take your picnic with you as you scramble to the top of the rocks or just take a wander and take in the views across Nidderdale and make use of the picnic benches.

Knaresborough Conyngham Hall Grounds
Play games in the park or row down the river before a picnic on the banks of the river.


Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground
Let the children play in the playground while you enjoy your picnic by the river. On Sundays in summer enjoy live music on the bandstand.  

Boroughbridge Marina
For a picnic with a difference- why not hire a boat in Boroughbridge Marina and enjoy one on board during your cruise up the river?

These are just a few of our favourite places, but there are so many across Harrogate District.

Book Accommodation

Keyword: (OPTIONAL)
Check-in date
Add Room

Now featuring traveller reviews from TripAdvisor.