Packing a hamper and chucking a rug in the car before setting off to find the best picnic spot has got to be one of the best British traditions.
When the sun is shining, eating al fresco in some of the Island’s prettiest spots will make for a day to remember for all the family. Here is our round up of some of the best spots to try…
The National Trust has plenty of beautiful places to choose from. For some of the best views across the Isle of Wight, you would be hard-pressed to find better than Tennyson Down, where you can see The Needles one way and Compton Bay the other. The stunning walled gardens of Mottistone Manor provide a wonderful historic background. Plus if you forget some of your picnic items, you can purchase refreshments on site.
Take a walk to the ominously named Devils Chimney, set halfway between Shanklin and Ventnor, you will see the Smugglers Haven and Devils Chimney signposted. There are a number of picnic benches to settle on, or at the top is a great little café, Smugglers Haven (in case you forget your flask of tea).
Brighstone Forest is the largest forest on the Island and a great place to head for a picnic when the weather looks changeable. The forest feels magical, you can create a whole imaginary world with the kids.
St Helens Duver has something for everyone. There are sandy beaches, rock pools, sand dunes and coastal woods all within a small area. The Duver is easily accessible from the car park.
For a classic car park viewpoint picnic, take your pick from Blackgang Chine, Brading Down, Culver Down, Alum Bay, Bouldner Viewpoint and many more!