A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy wild foods of Galloway’s merse (tidal salt marsh), beaches, hedgerows and woods. Includes a wild food tasting picnic in a beautiful location.
You will learn about many of the herbs on in this phot, though this walk does not include seaweeds. Image ©GallowayWildFoods.com
The coast and nearby woods and hedgerows are full of great wild food. This event is designed to help you connect with them and incorporate them into your diet. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of walking over 3 hours we will explore a wide range of 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. Stout footwear is recommended for the salt marsh part of the walk, which can be muddy. As with all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is guided by Mark Williams who has been teaching about foraging for over 30 years.
Read – Watch – Listen to more about Mark’s Foraging Events
Blackthorn (sloe) blossom is spectacular along the Galloway coast in early spring, and has interesting food uses.
Meeting place: Coast near Gatehouse of Fleet, Galloway. Ticket holders will be notified of our exact meeting place by email in approximately 3 days before the event. Information on visiting Galloway can be found here.
Expect: Up to 1.5 miles gentle walking, initially on salt marsh, sandy beach and well made paths, over about about 3 hours, with a wild food picnic and interpretation session afterwards. I will bring a pre-packed wild food tasting picnic with lots of treats, tasters and tipples for you to enjoy on the beach at the end of the walk. All dietary requirements can be catered for and can be added when you book.
Learn: Coastal succulent plants of the salt marsh/merse, rocky shore and sandy beach, and herbs/blossoms of woods and hedgerows. Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes, cooking tips.
Note: Although this walk is coastal, our main focus is on plants, not seaweeds on this route, though we will explore half a dozen or so seaweeds.
Sea radish in early spring with young sea kale shoots coming through
Eat/drink: I think it is important to bring the wild foods we encounter to life by not just talking about them, but by eating and drinking them as we learn, so I come with a hefty bag of lovingly prepared treats and tasters to share throughout the walk. These are not only tasty treats, but serve to illustrate how to use the wild foods we are exploring. During the walk we will pause to enjoy a wild food tasting picnic, comprising dozens of lovingly foraged and prepared treats served in your own bento box (see the short film below for an idea of what to expect). All dietary requirements can be catered for, and these can be noted when booking.
Essential: Footwear that you don’t mind getting muddy – ideally wellies or walking boots- , weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water
Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera.
Please note: This event is not recommend for children under 8 years old.
This walk is suitable for a well behaved dog or two, though If you wish to bring one, please be aware that we move slowly and some dogs can get bored/agitated. If you wish to bring a dog,note this on the booking form and I will get back to you to confirm suitability (and ensure we don’t have loads of dogs!)
Ground elder, April
Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.
The general event location is provided in the event description, and in your booking confirmation. For general information on visiting Galloway for events, see here. This location is general (eg. “Within 30 minutes drive of XXX”, so that you can consider and plan the area you need to get to prior to booking.
Detailed event information, including exact meeting place, will be sent to the email address you provide on booking in the week prior to the event. This allows me to account for the often fickle nature of wild plants and fungi and select the optimum location for our walk – which can be especially important for fungi forays.
It is important that you add email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your email contacts/whitelist or the information email may get caught in your spam filters. This is extremely important if you have a .hotmail email account as they are notorious for having very sensitive spam filters.
The detailed event information email will be sent in the week before the event – sometimes as little as 3 days prior to the event. There is no need to badger me for it – I will send it! If you haven’t received it by within 3 days of the event, check your spam folders. If it isn’t there drop me an email – email@example.com.
Any cancellation must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the event title, date and order number (viewable on your booking confirmation.
Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund, rebook or reinstate vouchers for no-shows or cancellations within 14 days of the event. If I can refill the place at short notice, I will pay a full refund less 10% to cover admin & PayPal fees, or send a voucher to the full value of the tickets. Please state your preference in your cancellation email.
If you cancel or amend a booking giving 14 days or more notice, you will receive a full refund less 5% to cover Paypal fees, or a Gift Voucher to the full value of your booking.Please state your preference in your cancellation email. Information on using gift vouchers is here.
In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled by GWF you will receive full refund, exchange or voucher.
Galloway Wild Foods is not liable for any travel, accommodation or other costs you might incur if an event has to be cancelled.
The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.
INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE ON BOOKING
Please provide the following information for all members of your party in the “Additional Information” box on the payment page :
- Relevant medical conditions
- Mobility issues
- Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy), and clearly stating if an allergy is potentially life-threatening. All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.
It is your responsibility to provide accurate information about all memo if your party. If you write “None” in the additional information box, I will assume all attendees are omnivorous and have no relevant medical conditions or mobility issues.
All information is kept private, securely, and in line with GDPR – more information on this here.
WHAT TO BRING ON A WALK
Please ensure that all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.
On all walks, for your comfort and safety, walking boots/wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!
Please bring your own drinking water.
Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.
Some events are not suitable for dogs. We tend to move slowly as we learn, and often dogs get bored/agitated/cold by the slow pace. If you would like to bring a dog, please note this on the booking form un the “Additional Information” box.
Further information on Galloway Wild Foods Terms and Conditions can be found here.
If you have specific questions that are not answered here, please contact mark on email@example.com, or if you are running late on the day.