Perfect Picnic Spots in North Cornwall

Find the perfect picnic spots in North Cornwall, or across the border into Devon.
Away from hustle and bustle.

The Perfect Picnic Season is in full swing! Bring a couple of rugs, a jumper to snuggle into if the breeze picks up. A thermos of your favourite soup, a Cornish Pasty, crusty bread, cheese and fruit and you will be all set to explore North Cornwall and make beautiful memories.

Buckland Monachorum

Beautiful by name and beautiful by nature!

If your wish is solitude, a peaceful green haven with dappled shade and the gentle sound of splashing water.

Easy parking and just on the edge of Dartmoor- this is the spot for your perfect picnic

Golitha Falls

Sit by the river listening to the water, watch the dappled sunlight, a perfect picnic spot.

Discover this ancient woodland valley that sits alongside the River Fowey at Golitha Falls. A series of cascades.

And you may spot otters at the waterfall Treverbyn Bridge. To read about Golitha see the blog about Secret Gems of Cornwall click more

Hidden Wonder, Primrose Cottage B&B, Golitha Falls


A National Trust Estate and a famous beauty spot on the edge of Bodmin Moor, situated just over a mile west of the village of St Cleer and a little further from the market town of Liskeard. Explore the house, then wander down through the formal gardens to the quay for your perfect picnic spot. Watch the gigs race, the wildlife on the river, walk back through the woods and visit the flour mill, maybe sample delights of their Victorian kitchen. We feature Cotehele and more of the history in our blog Houses in Devon and Cornwall to Visit In Spring


Jut a mile or two across the Tamar into Devon sitting atop the hill is St Mary The Archangel Chapel; it commands the very best views across Dartmoor.

Parking is easy and free at the bottom of the hill, and you will be rewarded for following the winding uphill track to the chapel by long reaching views little changed for centuries. 

Throw your picnic rug on the grass here and you will be left undisturbed to take in the space and beauty around. To read more about Brentor click here

Discover Dartmoor impressive Brentor

Pentire Glaze

This is a stretch of coastline immediately north of Polzeath managed by the National Trust.

It boasts a dramatic headlands – Pentire Point and The Rumps. From here there are extensive views to Padstow Bay.

It’s a must to feel first hand the majesty of the North Cornish Coast and there is no more perfect place for a picnic – you will not be disappointed!

There is a brand new just opened National Trust Cafe and Information Point here too.

Gribbin Head

The countryside to the west of Fowey offers a variety of landscapes, including superb views and many features of historical significance. This coastal walk takes you to beaches, coves, woodlands and grassland rich in wild flowers. Famed for its association with the author Daphne du Maurier, and the setting of many of her books, this area offers breathtaking natural beauty.

Erected by Trinity House ‘for the safety of commerce and the preservation of mariners’ the tower pinpoints the approach to Fowey’s narrow and rocky harbour entrance.  This meant that sailors did not mistake the treacherous shallows of St Austell Bay for the deep waters of Falmouth harbour. 

Sibleyback lake

Is a reservoir on the edge of Bodmin Moor. This is a beautiful peaceful place to walk, birdwatch and picnic, fairly flat.

An area of outstanding natural beauty with easy parking.

Widemouth Beach

On the north Cornish coast just  down from Bude.

There is a free car park at the top of the hill which looks back down to Widemouth, or a pay and display at the beach (Just-Park).

A great beach cafe, and a lifeguard station. A wide flat sandy beach especially at low tide. Plenty of space for picnics, paddling and sandcastles.

If you want a walk go north to Bude on a high level undulating coast path

In this blog we concentrate on the gem that is Golitha Falls, as one great area you can discover. To explore more amazing locations download our various free guides to the Secrets of North Cornwall. 

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