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Find Your AdventureIntroduction to Foraging -2021-10-24

Introduction to Foraging -2021-10-24

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Duration:
Half Day
Intended Level:
Half Day
Walk Grade:
Half Day
Group Size:
2-8
In Stock:
Places Remaining:
0
This activity is sold out online, but please call us directly to check late availability.
Date:
October 24, 2021
Start Time:
10:00 am
Summary
Located in beautiful Knapdale, with special permission from Nature Scotland, this course offers an introduction to the principles of foraging and to the wide array of wild edible foods that surround us, even as autumn fades to winter.
Suitability
The walk is mainly on forestry tracks and paths although we do leave the paths to look at different plants. The ground can be wet, muddy and boggy with some steep, uneven sections through the woodland. A reasonable level of fitness is required for a half day on foot. Suitable for age 10+ with an accompanying adult. Dogs by arrangement only please (we love dogs on our walks but they quickly bore on a course!).
Highlights
  • Visit ancient Atlantic oak woodlands in this special area of conservation
  • Learn about the plants that thrive here and in similar habitats
  • Discover the principles of foraging including the law and sustainable harvesting
  • Learn the basics to safely identify common edible and non-edible species
  • Learn a few wild food recipe tips and about other wild plant uses
Booking Terms

Booking is essential to ensure we can send you your booking details and required event information. For late availability please contact us on 07899765240. This experience requires a minimum of 2 people.

Walk Grades

Grade 1 - Easy

Relaxed walks on mainly flat or graded paths and tracks within easy access of a road/parking with little or no steep ground. These walks are designed to take in a specific tourist site or experience - perhaps to visit a ruined Scottish castle, wildlife centre or ancient carved stones - and are suitable for a wide range of abilities, typically never more than 3 miles or 2 hours of walking.

Grade 2 - Leisurely

Leisurely walking on paths and tracks with occasional steep or uneven sections or steps. Designed to offer an immersive and relaxing experience connecting with nature and the outdoors these walks help promote wellbeing and may include walks around lochs, along beaches, through woodland and glens, to visit a specific historic or geological site, to learn about foraging for wild plants or to reach viewpoint. These are suitable for a wide range of abilities and are typically 3 to 6 miles with up to 5 hours of walking and 300m of ascent and descent.

Grade 3 - Moderate

Expect a full day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain. There are likely to be some steep or uneven sections or steps. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include easier hill summits, coastal walks, sections of long distance trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track and sunset walks. Walks are typically 6 to 8 miles with 4 to 6 hours of walking and no more than 600m of ascent and descent.

Grade 4 - Hard

An active day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain which is likely to have steep rough sections. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include hill summits, coastal sections with a lot of ascent and descent, remoter areas, longer sections of trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track, trig point hunters and Wainwright baggers. Walks are typically 7 to 12 miles with 5 to 8 hours of walking and up to 800m of ascent and descent.

Grade 5 - Challenging

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths but is likely to include rugged steep pathless terrain, requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the easier Munros and Corbetts, the higher Lakeland and Welsh fells, challenges such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and long distance backpacks such as the Coast to Coast or Pennine Way. Distances vary but are typically 10-25 miles with ascents of up to 1600m. A full days walking may take anything from 6 to12 hours.

Grade 6 - Severe

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths, rugged steep and rough pathless terrain, exposed ridges and non-technical scrambles requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the harder or more remote Munros and Corbetts, routes such as Striding Edge in the Lake District, high level or remote long distance backpacks or ultra long distance events. Distances vary but are often over 15 miles with ascents often exceeding 1000m. An example is the Patterdale Round which takes in 17 Wainwrights, is 30 miles and has over 3000m of ascent. A full days walking may take anything from 8 to16 or more hours.

Heather's Highlight

Wild produce has been part of my life since early childhood and discovering a tasty morsel or trying a new recipe with wild ingredients is always a guilty pleasure.

Detailed Description

The course is held in Knapdale amongst the ancient woods that provide a home for a wonderful array of plants and wildlife.

The area’s woodlands (many of which are Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and therefore protected) are rich with mosses, fungi, lichens, trees and wildflowers making this an ideal place in which to learn. We will walk at a slow pace exploring this wild space and some of the species that grow here.

Learn the main principles of foraging including correct identification, harvesting, leaving no trace, the law and how the landscape supports different species.

Discover some common edible and non-edible species and how to safely identify them.

Explore the history of foraging and different uses of ingredients.

Discover tips for wild food recipes and some of the lovely produce that can be made with wild ingredients.

What's Included:
All guided walks include the following:
  • Your friendly qualified guide for the duration of your walk
  • Group Safety Equipment
  • Emergency First Aid Kit
  • Walk joining information
  • Kit List
  • Friendly advice
Specific to this walk:
Guided foraging walk and course A chance to learn more about the fascinating wild edible plants that live in these precious woodland habitats Kit list A visit to the Argyll Beaver & Wildlife Centre where we will have our packed lunches and finish the course
Itinerary
  1. Guided foraging walk from Barluasgan car park starting at 10am
  2. We explore woodland areas near Loch Coille-Bharr and Loch Barnluasgan over a period of 2-3 hours
  3. En route we discover the principles of foraging and how to safely identify edible and non-edible species as we explore this special area with kind permission from Nature Scotland
  4. We finish at the Argyll Beaver Centre where we will discuss wild recipe ideas and look at different uses of some more common wild edibles. Please bring your own packed lunch and a drink although we may have a few edible surprises in store...
Additional Information:
Make this a private booking

All our activities can be booked for private groups as bespoke experiences.

Prices and terms & conditions for bespoke experiences apply.

Women only option

All our activities can be booked for women only groups either as bespoke experiences or where advertised.

Packed Lunch Required

We will be out and about during lunch time, so we recommend bringing a packed lunch, and some snacks / a drink etc.

Additional information:

Barnluasgan car park is in North Knapdale, 7 miles from Lochgilphead.

To reach the car park from Lochgilphead head north from the A83 roundabout on the A816 for 2 miles, turn left onto the B841 towards Crinan, follow the road by the canal for 3 miles then bear left onto the Tayvallich road (B8025). After 1 mile turn left at the memorial cross onto the Achnamara road, the car park is just ahead on your left.

From the north it is easily approached via the B8025 which veers right off the A816 just south of Kilmartin and follows a direct line to Bellanoch where it crosses the canal. Turn right, then take the Tayvallich turn left onto the B841 just ahead. Continue as above.

Parts of this walk may be suited as a bespoke experience for those with an all-terrain wheelchair. Please contact us for more details.

Toilets can be found at the Visitor Centre (during summer opening hours).

Public Transport: Bus 425, 426 (stop at Barnluasgan, near memorial - the car park is 50m down the left road fork on your left). Bus 426 from Lochgilphead arrives at approx. 09.31am. Return buses run from 16.38 to 18.11pm. If you wish to travel by bus please check with West Coast Motors for up-to-date timetables and services.

Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink and wear attire suited to a full day's walk come rain or shine (we will send you our kit list). The wee midgies may be about so we do recommend bringing insect repellent (Smidge works quite well).

Price:
£ 35.00 GBP

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