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A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy wild foods of Galloway’s merse (tidal salt marsh), beaches, summer hedgerows and woods, with a wild cook-in of our finds afterwards.
Summer is high season for the delicious, succulent plants that thrive along the coast. This event is designed to make the most of them, as well as the tasty and aromatic greens and blossoms of maritime woods and hedgerows. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of walking over 3 hours we will explore a wide range of summer wild foods of salt marsh, sandy beach, rocky shore, woods and hedgerows in an exceptionally beautiful area of Galloway. Novices and experienced foragers looking to increase their repertoire will enjoy this event.
Family friendly – 1.5 miles easy walking for all ages, but you will definitely need wellies for the salt marsh part of the walk. As with all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is guided by Mark Williams who has been teaching about foraging for over 25 years.
Meeting place: Coast near Gatehouse of Fleet, Galloway. Ticket holders will be notified of our exact meeting place in the week before the event.
Date: Saturday 20th June 2020
Start: Arrive in time for a 1pm start
Finish: Around 6.00pm
Expect: Up to 1.5 miles gentle walking on muddy salt marsh and well made paths over 3 hours, followed by and informal al-fresco cook-in of our finds (not a full meal). There will be wild treats and tasters to enjoy throughout.
Learn: Coastal succulent plants of the salt marsh/merse, and blossoms/herbs of summer woods and hedgerows. Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/tradit
Note: Although this walk is coastal, we will not encounter many seaweeds on this route.
Eat/drink: It is important to bring the wild foods we encounter to life by not just talking about them, but by eating and drinking them. To this end, in addition to the cook-in at the end, I carry a very hefty bagful of lovingly prepared treats, tasters and tipples to share during the walk. These are both delicious and educational, and the walk is more like guided grazing, a gentle imbibing of the landscape, than a route march! Often we will make a cocktail of the plants we encounter and drink it in a beautiful spot. The cook-in afterwards serves as both an al-fresco cookery demonstration and a social time to eat together and digest the afternoon’s discoveries with new friends. While I don’t bill this as a full meal, most people leave well filled! All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you add this information when you book.
Essential: Wellies or walking boots – the salt marsh has a lot of tidal mud, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water
Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera, fungi field guide if you have one
Please read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION tab on this page before booking and again before setting off for the event.
Please note: This event is not recommend this event for children under 8 years old. Sorry, no dogs, unless by prior arrangement.