4 places for a Sussex picnic this Valentine’s Day
PUBLISHED: 16:32 07 February 2019
We don’t think picnics should be exclusive to the summer months. Here are places to head for an outdoor feast this Valentine’s Day
At 814 feet, Ditchling Beacon offers splendid views in all directions: south to the sea, north to the Weald and east-west across the South Downs. Ditchling Beacon is on the South Downs Way, a glorious six-mile walk through ancient woodlands and wildflower rich chalk grasslands to Devil’s Dyke.
Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland, there has been some form of ‘pleasure garden’ and parkland at Sheffield Park since the 1700s. Today’s garden is a horticultural work of art created from centuries of different approaches to landscape design. Four lakes form the heart of the garden with meandering paths circulating in and out of the glades and wooded areas that surround them. There are over 80 champion trees planted throughout, each of which make the perfect spot for a picnic.
The beautiful Chanctonbury Ring is an incredibly romantic place for a picnic. Not least because the ring of pretty beech trees perched on top of the ancient hill fort is rumoured to be an old fairy haunt. Rumour has it you can see the fairies dancing amongst the flowers in midsummer. The breathtaking panoramic views of the South Downs as you come out of the forest more than make up for the steep walk to the top.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
A haven for bird-lovers and pond-dippers, wend your way through a wetland wilderness and picnic overlooking the water. Sit quietly together and take in the sights and sounds of the wildlife that surrounds you, which is particularly romantic at this time of year, when the birds are making their nests and settling down to lay.
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