Hedgerow blackberry picking in September — Wild food foraging by bike
Includes a very steep uphill segment
You may need to push your bike.
342 yd in total
Bike Touring Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
June 10, 2020
If there’s any one wild food that most people know about, it’s blackberries. From the hedgerow on the way back from school or plucking a little hit of sugar from the side of the road on a bike ride, these abundant little gems are a well-loved free food each August to October in the UK. Mind the spiky brambles as you reach for those plumpest and juiciest fruits (why are they always just out of reach)? You’ll find them easily in hedgerows, woodlands, wastelands and heath. The berry at the end of each stalk ripens first; look for a plump and dark coloured fruit. You’ll soon know about it if you’ve picked one that’s not ripe yet! With over 400 different microspecies in the UK with differing flavours and levels of sweetness, appreciate these differences as you move from plant to plant. If you can resist eating your blackberries raw, take them home in a pot or bag to add to an apple crumble or pie, a summer pudding, top your morning porridge or combine with other red fruits to make a coulis or sorbet. There are so many options!You’ll find these brambles all over the UK, but this Tour takes you to the south-west tip of Wales, to the Preseli Mountains of Pembrokeshire. From the train station in quaint Fishguard the route heads inland via quiet country lanes and bridleways up onto these great hills. Tracing along the peaks as you head west past what is said to be the final resting place of King Arthur, you’ll enjoy views as far as Ireland on a clear day. This Tour then doubles back to the north of the mountains via more bridleways which should offer many more blackberry picking opportunities before finishing back in Fishguard.