Blackberry walks in the East of England

September and early October is the best time of year to pick juicy blackberries from hedgerows. Look for plump, shiny, tender berries, with none that are mushy or mouldy. Gobble them whole or try making one of our delicious blackberry-themed recipes.

A mother and daughter blackberry picking

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

Whilst out on your walk around Dunwich Heath, you might be lucky enough to stumble across a laden blackberry bush ripe for the picking, if the birds haven’t got there first that is!

" 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
Blackberries on a table

Flatford, Suffolk 

On the warm days of late September, the berries in the hedgerows around Flatford inspire the seasonal produce in the tea room. The team don’t have to go far either to find them, there’s often a hedgerow about to keel over under the weight of them just outside the door! Look out for them on your walk.

Blackberries

Norfolk Coast 

If you’re out walking along the Norfolk Coast Path, you’re likely to see blackberries growing in the wild. Remember, if you’re out foraging only take what you need, as nature will enjoy these autumn delights as much as you.

Two girls picking blackberries from a bush

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Did you know that the most flavoursome blackberries are those which have grown on plants in direct sunlight? Often the best blackberries will be found in difficult to reach positions where they have had the chance to fully ripen without being eaten by birds. Enjoy.

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