Yes we know. There are thousands of places to have a picnic in North Wales. But some places are more special. It could be the view, or the privacy. The quiet, away from the noise of roads. Or just that special spot - a tree, a waterfall, or a patch of grass that looks like it's been mowed and is waiting for your picnic blanket.

These five spots take a bit of finding, and each is not so much one spot as a small area - plenty of room to pitch up behind a wall, a tree or a rock. When you're ready to move again, we know you'll do the decent thing and take all your litter with you. Like you, future visitors might fancy a picnic there too!

So make sure the sandwich container is sealed and the flask lid is on tight - and off we go!

1. Afon Glaslyn Pools, off the Watkin Path, Snowdon

The Waktin Path, one of the five main routes up Snowdon, follows the Afon Glaslyn during its early stages. The river tumbles into a series of pools and there are a number of places here to perch on a rock or throw your blanket on the grass. It is a popular spot, so on sunny Bank Holidays (yes, they do happen) it can be busy.

2. Viewpoint Near Capel Garmon, Conwy

On the B5113 linking the villages of Pentrefoelas with Gwytherin there is a little-visited viewpoint (co-ordinates 53.100544, -3.753057 for Sat Nav and GPS users). There's usually enough space here to pop your car boot and put out a chair or two. And you'll want to, because the view of the Conwy Valley and the mountains beyond from here is just wonderful. Yes, it's on a B-road, but this is a quiet B-road. It's worth exploring the burial chamber nearby too. Enjoy!

3. Cove at Ynys y Fydlyn, Anglesey

Out on Anglesey's rugged Carmel Head is a stony cove that's the perfect get-away-from-it-all spot. Park at the small car park on the minor road beyond the village of Rhydwyn (north of Church Bay, co-ordinates 53.100544, -3.753057) and take the short, way-marked walk to the coast. You can wander the Anglesey coast path if you need to work up an appetite (the route north can be closed during the shooting season).

4. Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr (Llanfihangel G.M on most roadsigns), near Cerrigydrudion

Off the B5105 between Ruthin and Cerrigydrudion is the tiny village of Llanfihangel G.M. Take the riverside minor road and just beyond the village boundary is a little picnic site. This is a peaceful spot with (usually) just the sounds of the river to keep your ears occupied. It's a great spot if you're exploring Clocaenog Forest and Llyn Brenig.

5. Graig Tremeirchion, near Rhuallt, Denbighshire

You don't have to drive far along the A55 to find a quiet picnic spot. This wonderful limestone outcrop south of Tremeirchion village on the B5429 to Bodfari features lovely walks, wooden benches, marvelous views and lots of quiet. Down in the woods there's a great tree swing to try out, too. Parking is limited to the roads - please avoid blocking gates or drives.

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  1. Pozzy
    Afon Glaslyn Pools, Watkin Path - super, especially on a hot day. Cool yourself with the blue-tinged water.

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