Revealed: the most Insta-worthy picnic spots in the UK ahead of National Picnic Week

Revealed: the most Insta-worthy picnic spots in the UK ahead of National Picnic Week
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National Picnic Week begins this week (18th – 26th June 2022), which coincides perfectly with the sunny weather forecast.

Eager to provide some picnic inspiration, experts at decided to find out the most Instagrammable picnic spots throughout the UK.

This was achieved by extracting a seed list of 21 popular picnic locations and collecting the number of hashtags each had generated.

The Peak District leads the way

Chatsworth House in the Peak District leads the way in top Instagrammable spots, with over 127k Instagram hashtags.

But that’s not the only media presence of this destination, as it has also been used as a filming location quite a few times. Some of the movies shot there include Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess and the series Peaky Blinders.

Bakewell, Derbyshire, England 16, 2017: Tourists picnic at the magnificent Chatsworth House by River Derwent in the romantic Derbyshire Dales. The house is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire. Photo credit: Tim M

In second spot is Lyndhurst, New Forest with over 110k hashtags. The village serves as an unofficial capital of the New Forest and is a popular tourist attraction.

An interesting fact about Lyndhurst is that it was established as a royal hunting ground in 1079 by William the Conqueror.

A late Autumn morning at the Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive near Lyndhurst in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. Photo credit: Helen Hotson

Tatton Park in Cheshire comes in third with over 96k Instagram hashtags.

Located in Knutsford, this historic estate has been a part of the National Trust since 1958. The estate comprises a neo-classical mansion, landscaped gardens, a deer park, a rare breed farm and a medieval Old Hall.

Park and an historic English Stately Home in Cheshire, UK. Photo credit: Debu55y

Making up fourth, firth and sixth are the Seven Sisters in East Sussex, Corfe Castle in Dorset and Devil’s Dyke in West Sussex.

The rest of the top ten spots see Mussenden Temple in Northern Ireland, Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire, another Peak District inclusion with Padley Gorge and finally Dunstable Downs in Bedforshire.

Scenic view of Kielder reservoir. Photo credit: Micky W

Unsurprisingly The Lake District has a couple of inclusions in the list also, with Elterwater (11th) and Castlerigg in Keswick (14th) making the list.

Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire comes in 12th with Northumberlands Kielder Water 13th in the list with 14,137 hashtags.

Devon gets in on the action Lynford Gorge in 15th, followed by Wimpole Estate, Cambridge with 8,046 hashtags. Next up in 17th position is Burton Dassett Hills Country Park in Warwickshire with Marsden Bay in South Tyneside placing 18th in the list on 4,729 hashtags.

Suspension bridge and waterfall in autumn forest in Lydford Gorge in Devon, UK. Phot credit: Marcin Jucha

Upper Wharfdale in the Yorkshire Dales and Bowlees Picnic Area in Durham came in 19th and 20th respectively.

Holkham Beach in Norfolk, having a total of only 954 hashtags (126,365 less than Chatsworth House in first place), places last in the study.

Useful tips for the perfect National Picnic Week

George Nesna, director of, provides seven useful tips for a perfect picnic ahead of the National Picnic Week:

  1. Ensure your food doesn’t spill everywhere and is easy to transport by using lidded glass jars when preparing your picnic basket, which is also a great way to be more environmentally friendly.
  2. In order to have a more sustainable picnic, try to pack real plates. If that’s not an option, bring compostable disposable plates with you.
  3. If possible, use beeswax wraps for your food. These are reusable, compostable and biodegradable.
  4. Have a cool box with you so you can keep the food fresh and the drinks ice cold.
  5. Pack some fun board games to play – there won’t be a single moment of boredom.
  6. Don’t forget to bring wet wipes for cleaning your hands, or even plates, and bin bags as well, so that all rubbish can be easily disposed of.
  7. Pack a chopping board for your picnic – it’s always handy to have a flat surface to chop or place food on.


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