Marsh Samphire on the Suffolk coastline — Wild food foraging by bike
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
77 yd in total
Includes a ferry crossing
Check ferry timetable.
1 in total
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Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
June 9, 2020
Often the reserve of fine restaurants, Marsh Samphire is a delicious green that grows, as the name would suggest, in coastal salt marshes throughout Europe. They love tidal mudflats, so you’ll need to get a little mucky to forage this one! Perhaps best to kick off your cycling shoes and socks as you wade out at low tide. The little succulents are best enjoyed when they are young and not too woody, typically in late June and early July. Remember to only take what you need, and avoid harvesting from nature reserves; for small quantities you don’t need a licence to pick Marsh Samphire. Although you can enjoy Samphire raw (although washed) in salads, I think that it’s best cooked, and makes a great accompaniment to fish dishes. Boil for a few minutes and serve with a dollop of butter, but hold off on the salt, they’re salty enough!This route takes you from the train station in Ipswich, easily accessible from London and the Midlands, to the small and quaint coastal village of Orford of the Suffolk coastline, known as a great place for foraging Marsh Samphire. Make sure you time your ride right for low tide and take a small container for your pickings! Besides getting your feet muddy and hopefully collecting some dinner, the route takes you along many forestry tracks from the city to the coast, through Tunstall Forest where you have the option of the Viking Trail MTB route, and back through Rendlesham Forest. There’s also a great tearooms in Orford for a cuppa while your feet dry. If you’d like to shorten the route, get the local train connection to Woodbridge.