A BEAUTY spot in Dorset has been named among the best for a picnic in the country.

Countryfile magazine rounded up 20 of the best picnic spots in the UK based on their surroundings, accessibility and things to do in the area.

With picnic season upon us with longer summer days and warmer weather, Corfe Castle has been named among the best places to pitch up this summer.

Countryfile cite many reasons for its inclusion, namely its stunning views, being able to visit the Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens and taking a ride on its steam train.

A description reads: "There is far more to Corfe than just the castle which governs the Purbeck Hills, although it makes a wonderful landscape for a picnic as you surround yourself with history.

"Turn a picnic into a day out by visiting the Model Village, the Animal Rescue Centre and the Parish Church. You can also stroll around the village, explore the Purbeck Hills and, if you have time, ride a steam train to Swanage.

"If you are up for a vintage adventure involving a walk along the coastline that inspired the best-selling children’s author Enid Blyton, then look no further."