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Top ten picnic spots on the coast

Celebrate National Picnic month with our round-up of the top ten picnic spots along the South West Coast Path.

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Each of the nominated spots were put forward by some of the partners we work with to help look after the region’s coast and surrounding countryside, including the National Trust and local councils, as well as representatives from some of our protected landscapes. These are the people that know the coastline best and help make the Coast Path such a special landscape to experience and explore.

Kynance Cove in Cornwall is among the round-up and what a picnic spot! With its sea-polished rock formations, white sand and sparkling turquoise waters, this popular cove on the Lizard peninsula was also very popular in Victorian times, with visitors including Lord Alfred Tennyson. Today, its picture-postcard beauty draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Says Layla Astley, from The National Trust, which looks after this stretch of coastline: "There is no better place to sit for a while on your own or with your family and friends and enjoy the scenery with a picnic, either from the beach or on the cliff tops watching the turquoise sea lapping the white sand below. I'm incredibly lucky to be able to work here and after many years I still get a thrill out of seeing people discover Kynance for the first time."

"Kynance is one of those incredible places you get a buzz from going back to at any time. It's not only about how lovely the beach and cove are but the essence of the place and the magic of it – it is something that stays with you for a long time."

The National Trust owns approximately a third of the Coast Path and contributes to the day to day maintainance of the coast and countryside through which it travels. This valuable conservation work helps to ensure that the National Trail remains a truly spectacular walk.

In path order, here’s our round-up of the top ten picnic spots along the South West Coast Path from the edge of Exmoor to the shores of Poole harbour. Click on each location to see why it’s been chosen and get details about how to experience it for yourself with a short walk to some of the best places to lay out a rug along the South West Coast Path.

A gentle reminder on behalf of landowners alongside the Coast Path, please take your litter home and stick to the route of the Path at all times. Many thanks and happy walking!

1. Selworthy Beacon, Exmoor
Nominated by Dan Barnett, Exmoor National Park Authority

2. Mouthmill, North Devon
Nominated by Dave Edgecombe, North Devon AONB and Biosphere Service

3. St Agnes Head, North Cornwall
Nominated by Silvia Dunn, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

4. Kynance Cove, The Lizard, West Cornwall
Nominated by the National Trust

5. Rosemullion Head, South Cornwall
Nominated by Cornwall AONB Service

6. Little DartmouthSouth Devon
Nominated by South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Service

7. Berry Head Hill Fort, English Riviera
Nominated by English Riviera Global Geopark

8. Beer Head, East Devon
Nominated by East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Team

9. Stonebarrow, West Dorset
Nominated by Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Team

10. Durlston Castle, Swanage, Dorset
Nominated by Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site 

Published on: July 8, 2016