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National Picnic Month Inspiration


Posted: 05/07/2019

National Picnic Month Inspiration

Top 10 spots to enjoy al-fresco dining this National Picnic Month

Peak of Penpych, Treorchy.

The challenging walk past waterfalls and through forestry is worth it for the view from the top.
If you want a shorter, less strenuous walk, there are picnic benches on the walk up to the summit, and you can dine to the sounds of the waterfall.

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Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare.

This place is perfect for a picnic – day or night! There are 500 acres to explore, as well as lakes and a fantastic children’s playground.
At night, it takes on a new life as it is a Dark Sky Wales Discovery site, offering exceptional stargazing. You can camp out under the stars.

Find out more here:

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Barry Sidings Country Park, Trehafod

Kids, adults, adrenaline-lovers and dogs alike love Barry Sidings Country Park. There are lovely walks either through the park and around the lakes or up into the surrounding mountains and trails. It’s perfect for mountain biking and you can hire bikes from the onsite Bike Doctor. Plus it’s a short walk to the Welsh Mining Experience, home of the Black Gold Underground Tour.

Find out more here

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Clydach Vale Countryside Park, Clydach Vale

The large “bottom” lake is a favourite with families looking for a gentle stroll and a chance to feed the resident ducks and geese. There are benches around the lake from which you can enjoy a picnic. Or follow the path north to the “top” lake where you may even spot a heron and kingfishers.

More information here:

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Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd

Choose a centuries old tree under which to seek shade or bask in the sun in the open grounds of this lovely park. Kids will love the adventure playground and Lido Ponty (booking online)

More information here:

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Top of the Bwlch, Cwmparc

This is an epic view that people of all abilities can enjoy – as it can be reached by car. The car park is on top of the Bwlch Mountain and is home to friendly sheep and an ice cream van that serves the most delicious treats!

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Aberdare Park, Aberdare

This beautiful park has been welcoming visitors for 150 years this year and it is not hard to see why. Whether you choose a bench in the adventure playground for picnic and a play, or dine alfresco by the side of the Victorian boating lake or the stunning fountain, there are loads of open spaces to enjoy.
Find out more here

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Llanwonno Forestry, Llanwonno

Explore as near or as far as you like in Llanwonno. This huge forestry has plenty of spots for you to stop and dine, or you can keep exploring all the way to the beautiful waterfall.

More information here

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Penrhys Summit, Penrhys

Enjoy one of the best views of the Rhondda – plus an ancient amphitheatre, resident llama (really) and the epic statue of Our Lady of Penrhys.

There is a small, free car park on site and you can choose your spot and enjoy the views.

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Llantrisant Common

Llantrisant is an incredible little hilltop town with a big history. Explore the castle ruins, meet the resident goats and dine al fresco amid myths and legends

Find out more here

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