Buckland Blackberry walks
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.
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.
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’.
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.