Top 10 picnic hotspots unveiled

People are being urged to head outdoors to "enjoy food with a view" by the National Trust which has named Britain's top 10 picnic spots.

The trust's chosen locations for a picnic range from Kynance Cove in Cornwall and Tennyson Downs on the Isle of Wight, to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in North Yorkshire, and Florence Court in Northern Ireland.

The campaign follows a recent survey which revealed more than 90% of families would love to go for a picnic, but more than half find unpredictable weather a major deterrent.

Parents also worry about wasps and insects and getting grit in the food, while they find it difficult to create varied meals for al fresco dining and feel restricted about where to eat outdoors.

Aside from the top 10 all-weather picnic hotspots list, the trust has also unveiled a range of seasonal recipes, including stews and soups.

Fiona Reynolds, director general of theNational Trust, said: "Picnics are something we're well known for in this country, but we don't need to wait for the summer sun to arrive.

"Spring is finally here and we have our extra hour's daylight - it's a great time of year to head outdoors and enjoy food with a view.

"Spending more time outside is also the perfect way to refresh and re-energise both body and mind."

The best picnic spots chosen by National Trust include Stourhead in Wiltshire; Box Hill, Surrey; Dunwich Heath, Suffolk; Croome, Worcestershire; The Kymin, Monmouth and Fell Foot, Cumbria.

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