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As the holidays approach and parents start to think of some fun activities to get their kids out the house this summer. Local housebuilder Crest Nicholson has shared some of the best picnic spots in Lydney, Gloucestershire, within close proximity to its Mirum Park development. Lydney, surrounded by the Forest of Dean on the edge of the Wye Valley, has some of the best picnic spots in the South West, the perfect way to enjoy the great British summer and bring family and friends together.


Here are the six best picnic spots close to Lydney to try:


Lydney Park

Lydney Park is situated between Gloucester and Chepstow in the Forest of Dean, it is well known for its gardens within the Lydney Park Estate that contains many impressive and rare plants as well as Roman ruins. Visitors can amble around the garden, find the perfect spot of grassland and look out across the Lydney Park Estate.


Lydney Boating Lake

Lydney Boating Lake is a popular walking area due to it being close to the town centre. Many locals enjoy taking their dogs for walk around the area and it is known as a great spot for those who enjoy fishing in the lake. Visitors can enjoy the weather and pass the time watching the ducks and geese on the water.


Peters Cross Picnic Site

Another great spot to stop by for drinks and snacks is Peters Cross Picnic site. Groups can relax in the peaceful grass areas and can benefit from the food and ice cream vans that cater for those relaxing at the spot.


Mallards Pike

Within the Forest of Dean there is a scenic lakeside setting at Mallards Pike, perfect for picnics and tranquil walks, alongside a number of walking and running trails. For those looking for some outdoor activities before tucking into a picnic there are Go Ape high ropes to get a bird eye view over the lakes and park area.


Symonds Yat

As you head towards the Welsh border from Lydney, take in the air at Symonds Yat, one of the most iconic and picturesque locations in the Dean Wye. Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding are all on offer, and the area is perfect for birdwatching. It also has some fantastic pubs and walking routes. Families can also visit the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo close by.


Wenchford Picnic Site
Also nestled in the Forest of Dean, along the path there is a perfect picnic spot with plenty of picnic tables for visitors to use. With a great wilderness setting around the spot, visitors can spend a short time escaping the busy town and retreat to the forest.


Clare Brimble, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson South West, said: “Lydney gives homeowners the opportunity to be at one with the outdoors and enjoy the fresh summer air that the Forest of Dean has to offer. Whether it be scenic views, enjoying the local wildlife or adventure playgrounds, there really is something for everyone. These picnic-perfect spots are all under a 30 minutes’ drive from our Mirum Park community.”


Aside from its proximity to greenery and the great outdoors, Lydney is also known for its easy transport links. Just a short distance away is the A48 for Gloucester and Newport, plus connections to the M4 and M5 for trips into Wales, and the north and east of England.


Perfect for families, first-time buyers and downsizers alike, the homes in this exclusive new build development benefit from generous living spaces and well-proportioned bedrooms, as well as a superb specification including contemporary kitchens and sleek bathrooms.


Mirum Park has a range of four bedroom homes available, starting from £280,000. Select properties are available to purchase with Crest Nicholson’s Part Exchange, Smoothmove and Deposit Unlock schemes. For more information, and to register interest and book a viewing, call 01594501435 or visit www.crestnicholson.com/MirumPark.