September Coastal, Hedgerow and Woodland Foraging Walk, Galloway


Thursday, 24 September 2020
12.00 - 16.00

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




…subject to an imminent announcement on new C19 restrictions by the Scottish Government.

Ticket holders have been notified of the meeting place.

Please see information on Corona Virus and Galloway Wild Foods Events


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

Over the course of about 1.5 miles of  walking over 4 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 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.

Expect: Up to 1.5 miles gentle walking, initially on muddy salt marsh, then sandy beach and well made paths, over about 4 hours, including a wild food picnic.

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/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes, cooking tips.

We may also encounter some fungi on this route, but this would be a bonus rather than our main focus.

Note: Although this walk is coastal, seaweeds on this route at this time of year are not in great condition, so this will not be our main focus.

Marsh Samphire Harvesting with friends

Based on a full risk assessment around Covid 19 based on current guidelines, and for your comfort and safety, the following measures will be in place:

  • Attendees must not have any c19 symptoms (vouchers will be issued for late cancellations due to this)
  • Reduced group size to allow for 2m social distancing throughout
  • No passing around of plants
  • No passing around of tasters
  • No group cookery, but I will bring portioned wild tasters
  • Attendees to bring and use their own hand sanitiser
  • Face masks are recommended, but optional in an outdoor setting
  • Attendees are required to inform GWF if they develop C19 symptoms within 7 days of the event

Note: By the time of this event, measures may be further relaxed, in which case I may introduce more tasting elements, but please book under the assumption that this would be a bonus!


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

Optional: A small basket or cloth bag as there is chance to harvest a good amount of tasty plants on this walk, notebook, camera.

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.

This information applies only to events booked on this website. When booking events involving GWF anywhere other than on this website,  the terms and conditions of the vendor apply, which may be different from the following.

Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund or rebook for no-shows or cancellations within 2 weeks of the event.

In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled by GWF you will receive full refund, exchange or voucher.

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 :

  • Medical conditions
  • Mobility issues
  • Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy). 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.

My very friendly, calm dog occasionally accompanies me on guided walks. He is not a distraction, and often adds to the entertainment as he tends to like to copy my foraging antics! If you have a specific aversion to dogs, please check with me before booking – I don’t necessarily need to bring him. The one thing that makes him more of a handful is other dogs (he will constantly want to play with them, especially if they are ladies!), so please check in with me first if you might like to bring your own dog.

Please contact mark on or 07900 692 478 if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.

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