Top spots for picking blackberries

Throughout September and early October is the best time to pick these juicy fruits from hedgerows. Arm the kids with baskets and it won’t be long until everyone’s fingers and lips are dyed purple. Afterwards kids can tick off No.21 from our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. Gobble them whole or try making one of our delicious blackberry-themed recipes

" Don’t completely clear an area of food, leave some for the animals and give a chance for the plants to re-seed. "
- Jonny Tomlinson, ranger

Recommended spot:

‘We have some fantastic hedge rows at Lytes Cary Manor and an old Cherry Plum Orchard which also has a great harvest. The blackberries this year are looking like a really bumper crop.’ - George Holmes, ranger

Other top blackberrying locations:

  • Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, Sussex
  • Polesden Lacey, Surrey
  • Along the River Wey, Surrey
  • Hatfield Forest, Essex
  • Cliveden, Berkshire
  • West Bexington walk, Dorset
  • Godolphin, Cornwall
  • Croome, Worcester
  • Croft Castle, Herefordshire
  • Erddig, Clwyd
  • Tredegar House, Gwent
  • Allen Banks, Northumberland
  • Sizergh, Cumbria
  • Hare Hill, Cheshire
  • Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, Yorkshire
  • Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire
  • Nostell Priory, Yorkshire