Coastal and Hedgerow Foraging Walk, Wigtown Book Festival


Friday, 1 October 2021
12.00 - 14.00

A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy wild foods of Galloway’s merse (tidal salt marsh), beaches, and maritime hedgerows.

Book Via Wigtown Book Festival Website


A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy wild foods of Galloway’s autumn merse (tidal salt marsh), beaches and  hedgerows. Part of the Wigtown Book Festival programme.

The short film above was made at the 2020 Wigtown Book Festival Forage

Maritime hedgerows can grow heavy with fruit, and the succulent plants of the coast are still rich and nourishing throughout autumn. This event is designed to make the most of them, and a few seaweeds too. Over the course of about 1 mile of  walking over 2 hours we will explore a wide range of autumnal wild foods of salt marsh, sandy beach, rocky shore, 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 mile 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 25 years.

Meeting place:  Garlieston sea front. Ticket holders will be notified of our exact meeting place by email prior to the event.

Expect: Up to 1 mile gentle walking over about 2 hours. I will bring a pre-packed wild food picnic with lots of treats, tasters and tipples for you to enjoy on the beach at the end of the walk (or to take away if you are rushing to another Book Festival event!). All dietary requirements can be catered for and can be added when you book.

Learn: Coastal succulent plants of the salt marsh/merse and sandy/rocky shore, hedgerow fruits and a few seaweeds.  Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes, cooking tips.

The event includes a wild food tasting picnic

This event is fully risk assessed around Covid 19 guidelines  Please read Galloway Wild Food’s C19 policy here.

Booking for this event is ONLY via Wigtown Book Festival Website.

If you would like to use a Galloway Wild Foods voucher to pay for this event, please email before booking.

Pickled marsh samphire with wild spices


Essential: Wellies or walking boots – the salt marsh can be muddy, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water

Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera, fungi field guide if you have one

Please note: This event is not recommend this event for children under 8 years old. Sorry, no dogs, unless by prior arrangement.

Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.

The general event location is provided in the event description. For general information on visiting Galloway for events, see here.

Detailed event information, including exact meeting place, will be sent to the email address you provide on booking. It is important that you add and  to your email contacts/whitelist or the information email may get caught in your spam filters.

The 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 –

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 (or reinstate vouchers) less 10% to cover admin & PayPal fees.

If you cancel giving 14 days or more notice, you will receive a full refund (or reinstatement of voucher) less 5% to cover Paypal fees.

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.

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.

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. Please check with me by email if you wish to bring a dog on an event.

Please contact mark on if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.

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