The UK’s Finest Foraging Walks

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Foraging walks have never been more popular, allowing keen home gourmets and professional chefs alike to reconnect with nature and bring an authentic countryside accent to their cooking. Explore the country’s natural beauty and sample exquisite cuisine at the same time – here are nine of our favourites to try for a summery weekend treat. 

1. Taste the Wild, North Yorkshire

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Escape to the woods with Taste the Wild for a day spent gathering herbs, seeking out edible plants and even tapping trees for sap. You’ll discover how to transform foraged foods into a wealth of delicacies, before tucking into your own foraged lunch cooked over an open fire. The course also includes seasonal game preparation and bread-making.
Price: £85, click here for more.

2. Fergus the Forager, Kent
Learn more about the power of plants in Canterbury with Fergus the Forager, searching landscapes from salt marsh to seashore for plants that you’ll learn to preserve, pickle, salt and even smoke. With over ten year’s worth of experience in leading such walks, Fergus also advises on the natural medicinal benefits of what you’re foraging. The day culminates in a much-welcome dinner, prepared over a roaring open fire.
Price: £185, click here for more.

3. Fungi Forays, Mid-Wales

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This three-hour forest tour with Fungi Forays is perfect for mushroom connoisseurs. You’ll hunt for porcini, cepes, golden chanterelles, parasol mushrooms and spiny hedgehog fungus, as Fungi Foray’s guides reveal how to find the most-coveted wild specimens. After the walk, head back to the converted 17th century milking parlour for preserving and tasting sessions – and a hearty mushroom-based feast.
Price: £70, click here for more.

4. The Fat Hen Cookery School, West Cornwall
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Glorious sights meet gourmet delights in beautiful surrounds – seashore, timberland and endless hedgerows. Food, Cook and Feast days include a two-hour circular food-gathering walk led by Fat Hen’s founder, Caroline Davey.  An afternoon’s cooking follows the Cornish countryside expedition – think rabbit loin with three-cornered leek gnocchi, and elderflower fritters; teaching you to incorporate foraged plants into everyday dishes.
Price: £95, click here for more.

5. Original Outdoor, North Wales
Join this adventure with Original Outdoor’s to explore an array of fields, woodland and hedgerows. With Original Outdoor’s highly hands-on approach, you’ll be foraging – and sampling – nature’s finest ingredients almost immediately after setting off. The team also provides preparation advice, tips, and recipe ideas aplenty for cooking with your new foraged bounty.
Price: £45, click here for more. 

6. Rachel Lambert, Isles of Scilly

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Rachel Lambert teaches island visitors how to seek out local, defining flavours. Clean seas, refreshing air and awe-inspiring coasts yield mussels, berries, seaweed and more besides. A delectable dinner comprises your foraged goodies – menu delights might include fennel sorbet, nettle soup, or Fowey estuary mussel broth.
Price: £240, click here for more. 

7. Ed Sykes and Don Lawrence, South Wales
Foraging duo chef Ed and nature fanatic Don reveal hidden culinary gems on a four-hour guided walk through glorious rural Wales. The pair’s laid-back yet informative approach is perfect for families. Depending on the weather, a day tracking down sea beet, sea kale, razor clam and Alexanders will be followed by either an alfresco feast or a tasty meal inside at at Llys Meddyg.
Price: £99, click here for more. 

10. The English Truffle Company, Dorset

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You’ll need to wait until autumn to seek these edible treasures, but these dog-led black truffle hunts with The English Truffle Company book up far in advance so don’t delay. Search through fields and leafy woodland with expertly trained animals to source one of the world’s most prized ingredients – before sampling an irresistible truffle dish of your own.
Price: £150, click here for more.

8. Great Prawls Farm, Kent
Explore this Eden-like rustic sheep farm on a weekend escape. Located between Rye and Tenterden, Grest Prawls Farm offers two secluded cottages with plenty of foraging strolls. Set in  the midst of Kent’s beautiful scenery, the farm’s hop gardens, meadows and vineyards offer an abundance of wild blackberries, apples and mushrooms, which you can indulge to your heart’s content.
Price: £200 for two nights’ accommodation, click here.

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