It’s true that we don’t always have the weather for a picnic, but when we do, spreading out the big old blanket and laying out the tasty fare is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

The National Trust has handpicked some of the UK’s most beautiful and breathtaking coastal spots for you and the family to enjoy a sarnie, a scotch egg and a slice of cake.

Lundy, Devon

Undisturbed by cars and cut off from the mainland by the Bristol Channel, 400ft-long Lundy is home to a small village and the thirteenth-century Marisco Castle. For a picnic with stunning views over the British coastline, it’s well worth a climb up to the disused lighthouse. Called the Old Light, it offers a panorama over the north part of the island.

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Nature-lovers can discover the variety of seabirds, wildlife and flowers coating this rocky island, as well as seals basking on the rocks.

Brancaster Beach, Norfolk

At low tide Brancaster beach offers a huge expanse of sand and seemingly endless views out to sea. During the summer months miles of golden sand make the beach a perfect spot for a barefoot walk or for building sandcastles. It even has dog-friendly areas too.

Hayburn Wyke, Yorkshire

With its very own double waterfall tumbling down onto the shore, take a break from a walk along the Cleveland Way and find a picnic spot on this secret bay hidden away on the Yorkshire Coast. Cool off under the falls surrounded by lush green vegetation or look for hidden sea beasties in rock pools.

Barafundle, Pembrokeshire

Barafundle is a jewel of a beach hidden between limestone cliffs and backed by dunes and woods. Enjoy a real bucket and spade, sand-in-your-sandwiches experience here in the summer on this Pembrokeshire seaside spot which is officially recognised as one of the world’s finest stretches of beach.

Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

One of the Isle of Wight’s best-kept secrets, the many coloured cliffs behind Compton beach and sweeping coastal views provide a wonderful backdrop for a family picnic. You won’t have to leave four-legged friends behind either as dogs are allowed on the beach too. Kids can build sandcastles on the beach, play in the waves and turn detective by looking for dinosaur fossils in the cliffs.

Where’s your favourite spot to picnic by the sea? Share your favourites in the Comments section below.