Perfect picnic spots in the Lake District for a bite to eat with spectacular views

The last few weeks the weather has been pretty mild with us, when I say pretty mild I mean it’s only rained “a few” times.

That only means one thing, it was the perfect time to get out and explore our beautiful county – and have a picnic too. Here in Cumbria we are lucky to have so many places to stop for a bite to eat with a view.

So get out the wicker baskets, make your sandwiches, hop in the car and go enjoy our beautiful county. We’ve rounded up a few places where you can stop for a picnic in Cumbria.

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Tarn Hows, near Coniston and Hawkshead

Tarn Hows, once home to famous children’s author Beatrix Potter, is a small village between Coniston and Hawkshead. Overlooked by Langdale Pikes and Helvellyn, it offers great views for a family picnic.

Comments from the Tarn

It’s a beautiful spot with a short circular walk and there are several nice spots along the trail where you can enjoy your picnic.


Based in the western part of the Lake District, Loweswater is often overlooked, but it offers some great views across the Lake District. It is therefore perfect for those looking for a slightly quieter picnic spot.

On the southwest edge of the lake is Holme Wood and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic. Loweswater is one of the smaller lakes, so the walk won’t take you long either.


It is a Lake District location that is becoming increasingly popular with visitors. But it is a beautiful destination thanks to the lack of boats and other tourist facilities in the area.

Trees are reflected in the water at Buttermere
Trees are reflected in the water at Buttermere

Most visitors to the area tend to stay close to the village, so if you’re happy to walk a bit further, take the lakeside path around the shore. There are great pebble beaches along the way where you can stop for a picnic.

Ulpha Bridge, Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley is one of the lesser known areas of the Lake District. With pretty beaches, sea views and ancient woods, it’s the perfect place for a family day out. There are lovely secluded spots for a picnic if you also want to get away from the bustle of the Lake District.

In this stunning landscape is the Duddon Iron Works, one of Britain’s most impressive charcoal-burning blast furnaces, giving you a place to explore in the area.

Talkin Tarn, near Brampton

Talkin Tarn Country Park is located a few miles from Carlisle and Brampton and consists of 120 acres of parkland and countryside. With plenty of room, you won’t be stuck spreading the blanket and getting out your sandwiches.

Talkin Tarn, near Brampton
Talkin Tarn, near Brampton

There is a 2.1km path around the tarn which is suitable for wheelchairs so before or after your picnic you can take a stroll and take in the views.

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