Warmer weather means getting the chance to spend more time outside, so now is the perfect time to start planning picnics for when the sun appears. Here are five of our favourite picnic spots across the region.

The Grand Western Canal

The Grand Western Canal in Tiverton is one of the town’s most picturesque places and has a host of places you can stop for a picnic. Along the various trails are picnic benches and shaded spots of grass where you can rest for a while. The canal is also home to one of the last remaining horse drawn barges in the UK – which is a delight to watch while enjoying your sandwiches.

Burrator Reservoir

Set on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park Burrator Reservoir is a popular picnic spot because of the incredible views. You can work up an appetite here by exploring the wetland nature reserve, the various footpaths and the remains of Princetown Railway.

Woodbury Common

Located in East Devon, this area of greenery overlooks the Exe Estuary and features Woodbury Castle, an iron age hill fort. Start off at the car park and walk through the woods towards the castle and follow the circular track back round before stopping for your picnic.


Consistently voted as Britain’s Best Beach, Woolacombe is a great spot for a picnic. At this time of year it's significantly quieter than in the summer months but is no less pretty. You can enjoy a stroll around the surrounding landscape and find yourself a spot where you can watch the surfers from the shore.


This lovely chocolate box village will take you back to a simpler time and after you’ve wandered around the streets and taken in the thatched cottages, head over to Cockington Court to enjoy your picnic.