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Who doesn’t love a picnic? Relaxing on a colourful blanket in beautiful surroundings with the family and even the dog. Homemade sandwiches, sausage rolls, cake and a flask of tea or even a bottle a fizz… Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? Even if you have to plan for rain and pack an umbrella a picnic is an adventure that can be enjoyed by all ages. We thought we would share our top five places to picnic in North Wales:

1. Betws-y Coed
From the Pont y Pair car park on the west side of Betws-y-Coed, it’s just a few minutes’ easy stroll to a gorgeous riverside picnic area, shaded by trees. If you’re up for a gentle walk, follow the path along the River Llugwy. There’s a wooden walkway so wheelchair-users and families with pushchairs can enjoy this peaceful spot.

2. Bodnant Gardens
Has got four perfect picnic spots to choose from. Visitors can head for the Old Park and spread out their blankets in the meadow among wildflowers, grasses and butterflies; the Yell Dell with its tree canopy, stream, pools and log seating; The Del with its famous waterfall, green lawns and giant trees or the grassy glades of Chapel Park. If you don’t want to walk that far there are already picnic areas among the trees in the car park with benches and views toward the garden.

3. Llandudno West Shore
The west shore is definitely the perfect spot for a peaceful picnic. With panoramic stunning coastal views. The beaches in Llandudno have Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for cleanliness and water quality.

4. Llyn Padarn, Llanberis
To combine the fun of an old-fashioned picnic with the romance of a ride on a vintage train with glorious Snowdonia views, jump aboard the Llanberis Lake Railway. Its steam locomotives chuff past Dolbadam Castle and alongside Llyn Padarn, stopping at Cei Llydan, where there are benches laid out on the grassy shore.

5. Llanddwyn Island
Romantic and remote, Llanddwyn is named after Dwynwen, a fifth-century princess, the Welsh patron saint of lovers. It’s a tidal island, connected to
Southwestern Anglesey by a sliver of sand that’s lost beneath the waves at high tide. Together with nearby Newborough Warren, Llanddwyn is a National Nature Reserve, protected for its ancient rocks and dunes.

All of the picnic places listed are within easy reach of our holiday parks in North Wales. Why not book a weekend or mid-week short break and make the most of our summer.
For more information on holidays with Thornley Leisure Parks please call us on 0800 9173170.

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