The best picnic spots in the Vale

From expansive country parks to hidden gems tucked away in the countryside, the Vale of Glamorgan boasts an array of beautiful picnic locations! Whether you're seeking a serene lakeside setting, panoramic coastal views, a touch of history, or a charming town atmosphere, this diverse region has something for every picnic lover!

Here are some of our favourites:

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park: This park offers picturesque lakes, woodland areas, and meadows, providing a tranquil setting for a picnic. There are designated picnic areas and plenty of walking trails to explore.

Porthkerry Country Park: Situated near Barry, this park features beautiful woodlands, meadows, and a pebble beach all perfect settings for your picnic. There are numerous picnic benches throughout the park, offering stunning views.

Dunraven Bay: Located near Southerndown, Dunraven Bay is known for its rugged cliffs and sandy beach. It's a fantastic spot for a seaside picnic, with panoramic views of the coastline.

Victoria Park, Barry: This historic park in the heart of Barry offers spacious green areas, and a children's play area. There are picnic tables available, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a meal.

Ogmore-by-Sea: Situated at the mouth of the River Ogmore, this coastal village offers a vast sandy beach and grassy areas. You can enjoy a picnic while overlooking the stunning views of the coastline and the Ogmore Castle ruins.

St. Donat's Castle and Gardens: Open on selected days, this historic castle and its gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for a picnic. You can explore the scenic grounds and find a peaceful spot to enjoy your meal.

Llantwit Major Beach: Known for its dramatic cliffs and golden sands, Llantwit Major Beach offers a picturesque setting for a seaside picnic. Take in the breath taking views and enjoy the sound of crashing waves!

The Knap Gardens, Barry: These beautifully landscaped gardens are located near the coast and offer a range of flowers, lawns, and ponds. You can find benches and picnic spots throughout the gardens.

Cowbridge Physic Garden: Enjoy a delightful picnic in the beautiful gardens, where you can soak up the town's serene ambiance and historic charm.

Penarth Esplanade: Settle down on the well-manicured lawns of Penarth Esplanade, offering stunning views of the Bristol Channel! Enjoy your picnic while taking in the sea breeze, watching boats across the water, and basking in the coastal atmosphere!

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