Picnic Spots around Porthmadog


North Wales Beach

This is it. The perfect time for a picnic. The ground is now dry enough to throw down the chequered picnic blanket, the weather is sunny and warm, scotch eggs are on special offer, and picnic season is here. You could even crack open a bottle of Prosecco and roll out the strawberries!

It’s a great time to pull together odds and ends from the fridge and cupboard for a picnic, or go all out and buy a full on spread from the deli or supermarket. We can even put together a picnic for you if you give us some notice.

Around Porthmadog there is some beautiful countryside which is ideal for a picnic, so we’ve pulled together some favourite picnic spots around the Porthmadog area.

Llyn Mair

Llyn Mair is a lake said to be created by a Victorian slate baron, WE Oakley, as a birthday present for his daughter.

Surrounded by woodland, you can picnic under the waterfalls, shelter from summer rain, or blasting heat under the shady oak trees. There are picnic benches spread throughout the area.

If you want to make more of a day out you can take the train: the Ffestiniog Railway runs across the top of the valley, and you can get off  at Tan y Bwlch and walk down to the lake.

Black Rock Sands

Black Rock Sands is the local beach, and is perfect for a picnic. The wide sweeping sands give plenty of space for you to spread out your picnic, and enjoy the sand and sea. 

There’s toilets nearby, and kids can enjoy rock pooling and clambering around the dunes whilst you try and keep the sand out of your sandwiches.


Although there are some fantastic places to eat in Portmeirion, there are also over 30 picnic benches. 

Sit amongst the gardens, fountains and candy coloured buildings where you can spread out your picnic delights and soak up the sunshine in beautiful surroundings. You can always indulge in an ice cream at the gelateria afterwards or pop into the shop for a souvenir.

Afon Glaslyn Pools, off the Watkin Path, Snowdon

The Watkin Path is one of the six paths up to Snowdon and one of the most difficult ones. However along the first part of the path, the path follows the Afon Glaslyn, which falls into lots of little pools and is a lovely place to picnic,  and dip your feet in hot weather.

It can get busy, but get there early and you’ll also be able to watch the walkers as they make their climb up to the top of Snowdon.

The Mawddach Trail is a flat walking trail, starting at Dolgellau and heading all the way to Barmouth. Along the 18 mile return route you’ll find picnic areas, great places to see the views and lovely nature reserves. 

Great for bird spotters, walkers and anyone just wanting to get away from everything.

To book accommodation in our comfortable hotel near Porthmadog, contact us or ring 01766 512421. We’re close to Porthmadog and well placed for all these picnic areas.