June 26th, 2017
As the longer (and with any luck warmer) days of summer roll out lazily before us, one of the nation’s favourite pastimes is to pack a picnic and head to the great outdoors to enjoy a feast. And packing for a picnic is a truly personal affair – some won’t mind the usual cheese and tomato sandwich wrapped in foil while others expect a more lavish spread of cold meats, salads, olives, pates, breads and cheeses.
Picnicing is often regarded as a quintessentially British pastime, and luckily most of us don’t let a little thing like the weather put us off a planned picnic. The history of picnics can be traced back to medieval times when wealthy families enjoyed great feasts outdoors, particularly during the hunting season. But the fashion didn’t spread to the masses until the Victorian era when the working classes began to enjoy some leisure time and urban parks opened up so that there was somewhere to take the al-fresco feast.
But just what to pack for a picnic has always been open to debate. The Victorian cookery writer Mrs Beeton declared that for a picnic to feed fourty people there should be four meat pies, a joint of roast beef, four roast chickens, two roast ducks and four dozen cheesecakes, among many other treats.
Thankfully today, picnics are often a much more simplified affair. So why not pack your perfect picnic and head out into the glorious Snowdonia countryside this month for a meal out with a difference? Here are some of our best Snowdonia picnic spots…………
- Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey
- Llyn Padarn, Llanberis
- Porthdinllaen Beach, Llyn Peninsula
- Beddgelert River walk, Beddgelert
- Cwm Nantcol Waterfalls, near Llanbedr
- Glaslyn Osprey Centre
- Llyn Mair
- Any of the beautiful beaches – Borth-y-Gest, Black Rock Sands, Harlech Beach, Ynys
- And if you’re feeling really energetic then why not pack a picnic and head to the top of beautiful Snowdon – where you’ll find the best views for miles!!