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perfect for setting up your al fresco feast. The old fashioned shop by the bridge sells fishing nets and kids

can paddle and chase tiddlers in the shallow River Darent. If you want to make a day of it Eagle Heights, and Lullingstone Castle are nearby and well worth a visit.

Dovedale DERBYSHIRE

Like all the best places, this one can get a little busy on a sunny weekend, but I reckon it’s worth it. Dovedale is owned by the National Trust and is in the Peak District (just north of Ashbourne). There is fun to be had crossing the famous stepping stones across the River Dove which were placed there in Victorian times to enable visitors to cross the river. Apart from this there is lots of beautiful walking country all around, with stunning scenery. If you wanted to make a day of it and didn’t fancy a walk, you could always visit the nearby Blue John Mines, or fantastic

Matlock Bath - which is like a seaside town, with a promenade, arcades and fish and chip shops but about as far away from the sea as you can get in the UK.

Loch Vennacher STIRLINGSHIRE

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been but I’m reliably informed that Loch Vennacher in the Trossachs provides the backdrop for a great picnic. It has stunning views, and is perfect for cooling off with a quick dip in the summer. Loch Vennacher is around 6km long and 1km wide and just to the west of Callande. There is a little harbour area and here you can hire a rowing boat and head out onto the loch to see if you can spot the Red Kite and Ospreys which live there.

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