Mid-Wales Adventures

Learn to forage

New dates to come, please get in touch if you want to make a booking

Why book this trip?

A long time ago original people took their food from what was around them. Modern people knew how to find their own food and supplemented that with food they bought from local producers and shops. As time went on, people bought most of their food from shops and added to that with some wild food. Nowadays very few people know how to safely find and prepare wild food at all, and we’re missing out on some amazing flavours and nutrition.

Learning foraging on a 3 hour or even a full day course is pretty intensive, and it is difficult to process and retain all of that information. This holiday is designed to give you that extra time to not only learn, but also practice foraging.

Included meals
3 x breakfast
2 x lunch
3 x dinner
Trip staff
Experienced foraging instructor
Assistant foraging instructor
Transport
Foraging begins from the accommodation
Accommodation
Cosy & Comfortable en-suite rooms
Experience required
None
Group size
10 to 20

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at the accommodation for dinner and a welcome drink of something foraged.

Day 2

Breakfast at the accommodation, get yourselves together and we’ll meet in the lounge for a quick briefing about today’s activities. Today we begin with a discussion about the legality, sustainability and responsibility of foraging, then we’ll be making our own quick foraging baskets with natural materials. After a lunch break, we head off to see what we can find in the local area. When we’ve finished learning for the day, you’ll head off to forage some ingredients for our dinner which we’ll prepare and eat outside at the firepit. Later, after you’ve had a little time to yourselves, we’ll meet up to have a bit of social time and answer any more questions from today.

Day 3

Breakfast at the accommodation, get yourselves together and we’ll have quick briefing about today’s activities. Then we’re off! Today we’re heading out of the village and up the Epynt looking for some more great local wild food. After a full day of collecting and learning, we’ll head back to the accommodation where a lovely dinner is waiting for you, prepared with local foraged ingredients. Later, after you’ve had a little time to yourselves, we’ll meet up to have a bit of social time and answer any more questions from today.

Day 4

Breakfast at the accommodation and it’s time to go home I’m afraid. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but you’re welcome back any time.

*Please note that the itinerary may have to change at short notice due to local weather and other local conditions, but we will make sure that you have an equally enjoyable and productive forage somewhere else nearby.

Trip information

Weather and country information

Wales has a temperate but very variable climate. In general the summers are warm with July and August being the warmest. Whatever the season it is advisable to be prepared for rain as the weather can change quickly, especially on the hills.

What to bring

Clothing
A warm sweater or fleece and long trousers are advisable, especially in early and late season when the weather tends to be cooler. Come prepared for all weather – waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece, warm layers, hat, gloves as well T-shirts, sunhat, good sun cream and sunglasses.

Footwear
We recommend you bring walking boots – leather or fabric are both fine. Waterproof boots are advisable. Some of the places we’ll be going foraging may be wet and muddy. Trainers are not recommended. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Comfortable footwear to change into after the walk.

Bags
A small waterproof rucksack large enough to carry what you need for the day – waterproofs, warm layer, water, lunch, sun-cream, phone etc. On hot days you will need to carry more drinking water.

Equipment
Bring a rucksack for the walks and a water bottle. If your rucksack doesn’t have a waterproof cover then consider plastic bags to keep things dry should it rain. It is important to stay well hydrated during the walks. Tap water is fine to drink but there won’t always be places to refill on the walks. We encourage our clients not to buy mineral water because of the negative environmental impact with plastic bottles. You should bring a notebook and pencil to make notes and a camera/camera phone is a good idea too, but to help you remember we’ll be giving you a list of all the species we’ve talked about each day.
Tipping
Entirely at your discretion you might consider tipping your foraging Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive, but it is neither required nor expected.

Transport, accommodation and meals

Transport Information
On Foot

Accommodation notes
We stay at the comfortable and inviting accommodation located between the rivers Cammarch and Irfon, both known for their fishing. All of the rooms are en-suite and are very comfortable. Mobile phone coverage is usually OK, but may get patchy when we’re out and about.

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. Meals are prepared using local in-season ingredients. The accommodation caters to most diets and have a range of vegetarian options.

Arrival and departure information
If you are planning to arrive or depart by train, when you exit the station at Llangammarch Wells, and the village centre is less than 2 minutes walk away.

Essential information

Transfers

We don’t provide any kind of transfers. The village is easily accessible by public transport, so if you’re not driving to us our local train station almost stops at the front door. If you have got a long way to come, we can provide advice if you ask but we don’t arrange transport.

Animals

Some of the accommodation is dog-friendly, but make sure you tell us on your booking if you’re bringing a dog. All dogs will have to be kept on leads for the duration of the walks because of livestock, wildlife and roads. I’m afraid we can’t accept any other kinds of pets.

Children

Young children are not allowed on our foraging holidays. Strictly 14+ only please.

Medical conditions

If you have a medical condition and you feel that you’re up to the challenge despite it, then good for you and we can’t wait to meet you; However, please do tell us in advance just in case anything goes wrong so we know best how to help you.

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Mid-Wales Adventures that you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Walking and trekking information

Walking grade = Easy

It is an unfortunate fact of foraging, that once you start learning to forage walking doesn’t provide much exercise any more! Although we’ll be out and about for a long time each day, we won’t cover a lot of miles, so as long as your able to stand and wander around for a while you don’t need to be especially fit.

Dates, prices and booking

New dates to come, please get in touch if you want to make a booking

1 Adult – £595

1 Adult plus 1 dog – £625

Single room option +£150

Call now to book – 07803 689729

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