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Tuesday March 30–Thursday July 1
With Cambridgeshire equipped with some of the best natural beauty spots in the country, many people will be heading out into the countryside for their lockdown reunions.
To help you decide where to set up your hamper here is a list of just some of the best picnic spots for you and your loved ones to enjoy this spring.
The obvious one for anyone a stone’s throw away from the City Centre will be 1. Midsummer Common. Equipped with Cambridgeshire’s iconic Red Poll cows and the lazy River Cam, it is a suntrap and a great meeting point for many coming into the city from different directions.
2. Grantchester Meadows are the grazed lands between the city centre and Grantchester village. The walk there is as lovely as the scene when you arrive and you can often see Herons along the stretches of the willowed river banks. It’s a great destination for a day trip or a dip in the Cam if you’re feeling adventurous, and it’s not far from the delightful Orchard Tea Garden, set to reopen on April 12.
3. Milton Country Park – A little further out, this park is still easily accessible by bike via the towpath. The park has gorgeous stretches of water where great crested grebes and moorhens have made their home, with plenty of patches to throw a blanket down for a well-earned catch-up. The park is also set with a cafe, car park and toilets so picnic-goers won’t be caught short!
4. Jubilee Garden, Ely. Ely has just been named one of the best places to live in the UK so many will be curious to see what all the fuss is about. Just a short drive north of Cambridge, or an even faster train ride, will get you to Jubilee Gardens where you can watch the boats float by. Top tip: There’s also a lovely play area for kids and a green fit for a picnic hamper.
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5. Wandlebury Country Park – This place is ideal for a lazy picnic to a full-on barbecue, a stroll or a sweaty hike. Situated just south of Cambridge it has a cafe and ice-creams available as well as printable trails for young explorers this Easter holiday. If you’re bored of the same old walks the Gog Magog Hills of this estate are well worth bringing your picnic blanket for and watching the day go by.
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