The sun is finally shining here in North Yorkshire and we’re hoping for a lovely weekend and some time spent out and about. It’s definitely feeling like picnic season, so we’ve put together some of our top picnic spots in Yorkshire to give you some adventure inspiration.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Although there’s plenty to see inside at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, it’s most famous for its landscape, dotted with art from famous names like Barbara Hepworth and Andy Goldsworthy. It’s a great place to walk the dogs, with plenty to explore and lots of spots to sit down and have a picnic in the lee of an art installation. Don’t forget your pork pies!
Golden Acre Park
Part of the Leeds Country Way and the Meanwood Valley Trail, Golden Acre Park is located just near Adel and Bramhope in North Leeds. It’s well-known for its picturesque landscaped gardens and lake, but whether you just visit the park or pass through on a longer hike, there’s plenty to see and do for a few hours. With loads of parkland and woodland, along with a cafe and tearooms, it’s one of our favourite picnic spots in Leeds.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Located just outside Ripon in North Yorkshire, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site with a history dating back almost 900 years. It consists of an ancient Cistercian Abbey, a water garden and a deer park full of over 500 deer. We recommend visiting the deer park alone where a parking charge is applied, but there’s plenty to explore from woodland and architectural follies to a lake full of ducks and geese.
Found in dramatic surroundings on Haworth Moor, Top Withens is a ruined farmhouse, said to have been the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. Part of the Pennine Way, this is another great picnic spot for hikers, but it’s walkable from nearby Haworth too. Best visited on a day with decent weather, why not combine a picnic here with a trip to the Bronte Museum?
Owned by the National Trust, Hardcastle Crags can be found near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, and it’s one of our favourite spots for its combination of dramatic woodland and industrial history. In the heart of the area is a 19th-century mill – now a visitor centre – and there are miles of woodland to explore. Why not try the Railway Walk; it’s dog-friendly, and has plenty of good picnicking spots along the way.