Not only is school almost out for Summer but July is National Picnic Month. So time to plan ahead to find the best places to thrown down your blanket and enjoy the great British summer (be kind weather, please!).
Some our favourite places:
• Blackdown: The highest point in the South Downs National Park with plenty of opportunities to walk off lunch whilst marvelling at the far-reaching views.
• Benbow Pond, Midhurst: A short distance from the town centre, Benbow pond is a tranquil escape in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Take a gentle stroll after lunch through the old Deer Park where you’ll see the Queen Elizabeth Oak estimated to be between 850 and 1,000 years old.
• Petworth Park: With over 700 acres to explore, you can choose to look over one of the lakes, sit in the shade of the ancient trees, or while away a few hours watching the fallow deer.
• Halnaker Hill: The iconic windmill sits atop this hill, affording fantastic views of the surrounding countryside as it rolls towards the sea. Don’t forget your camera.
Images courtesy: @to.ny9698 / George Gunn/Cowdray Estate / National Trust/John Miller / Jon Nicholson