Blackberry walks in the South East

In September and October, keep a look out for blackberries, the jewels of the hedgerows whilst out for a walk in places like Devil's Dyke on the South Downs and on the estate at Hatchlands Park in Surrey. Look for plump, shiny, tender berries, with none that are mushy or mouldy.

Girls picking blackberries

Devil's Dyke, South Downs

Blackberry bushes can be found all over the place at the Devil's Dyke on the South Downs in Sussex. If you're visiting with the kids, you can make finding blackberries part of completing your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ adventure in October half-term.

National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

When you visit Stowe looking for blackberries, turn right at Bell Gate and follow the Ha-ha walls along the outside perimeter of the gardens to find brambles and blackberries.

The house and parkland in autumn

Hatchlands Park, Surrey 

There are blackberries in some of the hedgerows and apple trees dotted around the park at Hatchlands Park in Surrey. There are shady tree-lined paths and picnic spots to enjoy too.

A close up of some ripe blackberries in a hedgerow on the estate

Great Coxwell Barn, Oxfordshire

Come and collect some of Autumn's bountiful harvest hiding in the hedgerows around the 13th-century stone barn. Savour them as you pick, or take them home and cook up some kitchen fun.

An early morning hazy view down the hedge-lined lane at Swan Barn Farm, with views through the leaves towards the distant fields

Swan Barn Farm, South Downs

Throughout the year there is always something to forage from Swan Barn Farm. Early nettle tips for tasty soups and beer, to succulent blackberries and crisp apples in late summer before the autumn bounty of hazel nuts, chestnuts and a host of fungi. Even the winter yields sloes for a warming tot of sloe gin.

Looking east over the gently rolling chalk downland  towards Beacon Hill and the Weald from Harting Down

Harting Down, South Downs

The woodland edges, scrub and hedgerows at Harting Down are great for finding blackberries and sloes from blackthorn trees. There are scenic rambles and wanderings along the South Downs Way too.