Buckland Blackberry walks

Little girl picking blackberries off a hedgerow

Gobble the blackberries whole or make our apple and blackberry scone recipe? Why not top off an afternoon of gorging with a visit to the Ox Yard Restaurant for a cream tea or yummy treats.

Blackberry walks at Buckland

Walk along the woodland estate walks and take in all the fantastic views across the valley and the unspoilt landscape that drew the Cistercian monks to this area hundreds of years ago.

It is also a great spot to see the changing colours of Autumn and pick blackberries in the wooded hedges to make some yummy treats at home.

 

Best blackberry picking spots

Head Ranger James Robbins recommends the blue route as there are some excellent picking spots all along the paths in the Great North Wood.

If you are looking for a slightly shorter walk, the start of the red route is also a great raiding spot for berries.

Dog are welcome on any of the woodland walks at Buckland.

Enjoy a walk on the beautiful Buckland Abbey estate
Follow one of the four way marked trails on the Buckland estate
Enjoy a walk on the beautiful Buckland Abbey estate

Buckland Estate and Garden map (PDF / 4.6044921875MB) download

 

Top tips for picking:

Look high and low and try not to completely clear an area of berries - leave some for the animals and give a chance for the plants to re-seed next year.

Tasty as they might look, try to resist eating them until washed!

Wear long sleeves and trousers and take care when moving through hedgerows, you might get caught in the bushes or meet a few stingy nettles!

Aim to pick firm, plump looking berries – the squashed ones will spoil quicker.

Eat or freeze your berries within 24 hours, and don’t wash them until you’re ready to freeze or eat them, otherwise they’ll spoil.

If you end up with purple stains on your clothes, cover the stains in white vinegar, leave to sit for 30 minutes, rinse with cold water and wash as normal.

Picking blackberries to make yummy treats
Little girl picking blackberries from the hedgerow
Picking blackberries to make yummy treats

Blackberry and apple scone recipe

Throw on your aprons and get your mixing bowls out and have a go at making this National Trust scone recipe with your freshly picked ingredients. 

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Foraging is a hobby that involves searching for and eating plants, herbs and fruit. People have been foraging since the dawn of time and it’s time for you to dip your hand into the hedgerows, trees and bushes to see what yummy treats you can discover. Delicious snacks await you with adventure no. 21 on our list of ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’.

Explore the Buckland Abbey estate
Explore the Buckland Abbey estate
Explore the Buckland Abbey estate

Be Aware:

Only eat what you recognise. If you don’t know what it is, don’t eat it.

Watch out for prickles and brambles when you’re scouring the hedgerows.

Bees and wasps also love the sweet fruit and berries that can be found in the wild. Be mindful that you don’t disturb or scare them - you could also be stung.

Buckland Abbey

How to pre-book your visit 

Please head to the Whats On page to book tickets. On weekdays, pre-booking isn't necessary. But to guarantee entry at busier times such as weekends and school holidays, please pre-book your visit in advance.