It’s summer, so why not make the most of it by packing sandwiches, a flask of tea some sun cream and go out for a traditional British picnic? There are plenty of great spots in and around Bradford whether you just want a quick jaunt outside for lunch or if you want to make a full day of it. Here are just a few of our favourites.

To begin with, don’t you think a proper picnic should be held in a park? Thankfully, the Bradford district is home to a variety of fantastic parks. Most provide shade under woodland or large trees, as well as play areas for smaller children and grassy fields for children of all ages to enjoy. Try Roberts Park, which is located on the River Aire and has fantastic views of Salt’s Mill, or Peel Park, which has BMX and skateboard tracks. Myrtle Park even has a small aviary where you can see some exotic birds! Lister Park, with its boat lake, is another option. At Bradford and District Parks, you can enjoy a pleasant afternoon with your sandwiches.

If you want to make a day of it, go to Haworth and hike up to Top Withens on Haworth Moor. Top Withens is a four-mile hike from Haworth village along a well-trodden path that passes the Brontë Waterfall. The picturesque ruined farmhouse, which is often thought to have been the inspiration for the house in Wuthering Heights, is a great site for a picnic with stunning views of the hills and moors. You can also return to Haworth and browse the village’s boutique shops once you’ve finished.

East Riddlesden Hall, in Keighley, is run by the National Trust. The grounds of this spectacular structure have several fantastic picnic sites with great views of the fields and gardens. Little ones will love playing in the mud pie kitchen and helping to keep the bug motel stocked for its many residents while adults sip tea from the flask and watch the trees and flowers sway in the breeze.

Sandwiches can be eaten with a beautiful view of the woodlands and moorlands at Shipley Glen. To get to these former pleasure grounds, you can either stroll up there and return or make a day of it by taking the Shipley Glen and Baildon Moor circular, a 7-kilometer track suitable for walking (or maybe jogging if you really want to work for that picnic!). If you go on a Sunday, you can further shorten your journey by supporting the volunteer-run Shipley Glen Tramway, which will transport you up and down the hill for a nominal price.

A stroll along the waterways of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal gives you access to a variety of wonderful picnic spots. The canal runs from Bingley to Apperley Bridge, providing access to places like Saltaire, Shipley, the Five Rise Locks and Hirst Wood, where you can stop for a picnic spot or find a bench along the way as ducks, swans and brightly coloured barges float by.

Head up to the Cow and Calf Rocks with your lunch for a very iconic view. There’s plenty of space just outside of Ilkley for you to spread out your blanket and watch the world go by while gazing out over the countryside. If you want to explore the area further, the rock formation is accessible from a variety of different walking paths.

Settle down around the fountains in City Park in Bradford with a great view of the iconic City Hall. Youngsters will enjoy splashing about in the fountains and a short walk will take you to plenty of great things to see and do in the City Centre including Bradford Cathedral and the Impressions Gallery.

Please leave no trace when picnicking so that those who follow can enjoy the trails and terrain as you found it.  #BeMoorAware and help us to prevent wildfires, BBQs are not allowed on moorland in the district. Remember to #RespectProtectEnjoy the landscape.

Have a great and tasty picnic, and don’t forget to tag @visitbradford and #VisitBradford in your photos of all the wonderful things you’ve seen and done in Bradford & district.

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Top Withens
Mountain or Hill
Top Withens

Top Withens is a ruined farmhouse near Haworth, which is said to have been the inspiration for Wuthering Heights the novel by Emily Brontë.

East Riddlesden Hall
Historic Site
East Riddlesden Hall exterior © National Trust Images Andrew Butler

National Trust owned historic house, garden, shop and tearoom. This award winning attraction offers a lot to discover and explore.

Peel Park
Peel Park

Peel Park has lots of offer including tennis, bowls and a skate park. There is also a flower garden and lake; the perfect location for a picnic or to relax with the family.

Lister Park
Lister park down by the boating pavilion.

Lister Park was crowned Britain's Best Park in 2006 and is also home to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. You will also find the Mughal Gardens, a botanical garden, boating and a childrens' play area.

Myrtle Park
Myrtle Park Sculpture

Myrtle Park is home to some of Bradford's most popular events, including the Bingley Show. There is also a host of leisure facilities including fishing, bowls, tennis and a childrens' play area.

Roberts Park
Roberts Park Bandstand

Roberts Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award- a benchmark for the best parks and green spaces in the country.

Leeds - Liverpool Canal
View from the towpath with trees and barge on the canal

The Leeds - Liverpool Canal is one of the longest canals in England and passes through Bradford district. It is a lovely place for a stroll or cycle.



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