New Forest mushroom hunting in the Autumn — Wild food foraging by bike
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Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
June 3, 2020
When it comes to fungi, you can’t be too careful. There are 3,000 species in the UK, and although only a small fraction of these are seriously poisonous, it’s a risk you can avoid by taking the advice of a real expert. In this circular Tour you’ll head into the heart of the New Forest on the South Coast, from Bournemouth where you can step off the train. Heading north through Ringwood to the moorland, forestry and natural woodland of this beautiful area, it’s a great place to learn more about mushrooms and what’s best to eat. There are regular mushroom foraging courses run from The Red Shoot Inn in Linwood, which I strongly advise you consider before branching out alone. Here a fungi expert will be able to teach you what to look for and what to avoid. There are over a hundred species of edible (and delicious) mushrooms that grow in the UK, which are high in Vitamin D and often yield higher protein content than vegetables. The Tour is best enjoyed on a gravel, touring or mountain bike as there are many wonderful off-road tracks and gravel roads in this region, although nothing too technical. Enjoy the many places to refuel including Café Velo in Ringwood. Remember a lock to secure your bike while you visit these places or take part in a foraging course, where walking-friendly footwear is also an essential.