Wild Foraging on the Kent Downs National Park

Stroll through beautiful woodland learning to forage like a pro and use backwoods cooking techniques to create your own dish straight from nature. 0.5 day off work.

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Wild Foraging on the Kent Downs National Park

Stroll through beautiful woodland learning to forage like a pro and use backwoods cooking techniques to create your own dish straight from nature. 0.5 day off work.

The woods are an abundant source of delicious ingredients if you know where to look; and your passionate, qualified bushcraft leader is going to teach you just that on this trip.

You’ll spend the weekend in the beautiful woodland of the Kent Downs – so beautiful in fact, it is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. By day you will forage; collecting plants and berries that make perfect ingredients for delicious dishes, as well as learning about those plants and berries to avoid. At the end of the day you will return to your camp for a grand banquet of dishes made by you and your camp mates. There’s even the opportunity to learn some bushcraft; from making a basic fire, to making your own utensils which you can then take home – now there’s a talking point at your next dinner party. This is a great experience that can have a real lasting effect; cooking skills, ingredients knowledge, and even a greater appreciation for nature. Your foraging weekend includes:

  • 2 days foraging
  • 2 nights camping (equipment not included)
  • All meals during your stay
  • Qualified, professional guide/tutor
  • Foraging and cooking equipment

Perfect for:
Anyone looking for a real break away from the norm and a whole new way of experiencing life. You don’t have to be Bear Grylls to take this trip; in fact, no specific skill or experience is required at all. All you need is a desire to learn and a fair level of fitness will help with all the walking.

What to Expect

Friday: Get settled at camp

You will meet your guide and the rest of the group around 18:00 at a working farm close to the quaint villages of Charing and Chalock, on the North Downs in Kent.

You’ll walk along the North Downs, taking in some spectacular views as the sun begins to set in the colour-changing sky. It will take around an hour before you reach the ancient woodland camp that will become home for the weekend. You’ll be shown around before you pitch your tents and hang your hammocks in preparation for a good nights’ rest; but not before a delicious welcome meal and friendly introductions around the warming campfire.

1 hour hiking

Saturday: Introduction to foraging

After an energising breakfast, you’ll head off to explore local hedgerows and fields in the hands of some of the best foraging experts.

You’ll learn a lot today; how to identify wild plants which are edible and, perhaps more importantly, those which are not. You’ll even discover some plants which have herbal properties; invaluable to our changing approach to health and fitness, away from medication and towards natural supplements and remedies.

Thinking of how you will prepare your foraged foods for tonight’s banquet will no doubt have you hungry by now, so you’ll stop for a lunch of pan fried pigeon breast, streaky bacon and red onion served with a balsamic vinegar dressing on a bed of wild salad – just to really show you what can be achieved with wild foods.

After lunch it’s time for some bushcraft. You’ll be shown fire lighting techniques – and we’re not talking scouts with sticks. You’ll explore the basics and the more creative methods such as the use of solar mirrors, wire wool, and batteries. When dinner time comes it’s all hands on deck as you each cook a foraged dish, in a pit oven, to be included in the banquet. This can be daunting for even the best of cooks but don’t worry, you’ll be provided with recipes to follow and well-experienced help will be on-hand.

3-4 hours foraging 4hours bushcrafting

Sunday: Woodland foraging

After a freshly cooked breakfast, you’ll head out to practice your new-found foraging skills in a very different environment. You’ll walk through the surrounding ancient woodland, foraging for edible and herbal plants to take back to camp as a contribution to a wonderful wild lunch.

Before you de-camp after lunch, there’ll be just enough time to take a closer look at the herbal plants you discovered. You’ll make some useful herbal infusions and learn about their medicinal properties – great little tips to share with friends when you get home.

3 hours foraging 1.5 hours food preparation

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due weather conditions and forecasts, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll camp in ancient woodland in an area of the Kent Downs, renowned for its beauty. The camp will be a comfortable one with an expedition style camp in place. The camp boasts:

  • A yurt and wood burning stove (and an ample supply of firewood)
  • A parachute to sit under for some activities, which is surprisingly waterproof
  • A kitchen area to cook up good food
  • Work benches
  • A composting toilet

We have areas where you can pitch your hammock, tarp or small tent, cleared of hanging dead wood. In case you don’t have your own camping equipment, your host can provide you with all necessary equipment upon request.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Tent or Hammock + Tarp Payable Before Departure
Tent or Hammock + Tarp £20.00

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Location

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Located on the Kent Downs, the bushcraft camp is set amongst ancient woodland in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is access to some 60 or so acres of broadleaf woodland situated entirely within private land. The woodland contains some 25 species of native trees, more species of wild flowers than you could count and an abundance of wildlife.

Start point?
You will meet at 18:00 at a working farm close to the quaint villages of Charing and Chalock, on the North Downs in Kent. You can leave your car here free of charge should you wish to drive here. Alternatively, you can request for your host to collect you from Charing railway station at 17:35.

Finish point?
After lunch on Sunday you will de-camp and head back to the farm. If you travelled by train, you will be taken back to Charing station to meet any train departing at 15:30 or later.

Getting there and away?
If you want to drive to the start point in the North Kent Downs you can, there is free parking available when you arrive at the farm. Alternatively, you can travel in by train to Charing station and your host will pick you up.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Transfer to/from Charing
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent (extra)
  • Hammock and Tarp (optional extra)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8.

Please note if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

All you need is a reasonable of fitness and that’s it. No experience is needed – in fact this trip is about new experiences.

This experience is based around wild food, so do expect to eat some things you have never tried before. Examples of meals are: Breakfast – brioche, cereal and fruit. Lunch - pan fried pigeon breast, streaky bacon and red onion served with a balsamic vinegar dressing on a bed of wild salad. Dinner – a banquet of the groups foraged foods cooked to pre-prepared recipes.

Yes absolutely! Just let us know in advance.

Basic camping equipment including a sleeping bag, tent or hammock. Tents, tarps, and hammocks can be loaned from your host for a small additional charge. Please note that sleeping bags will not be provided by the host.

All cooking equipment and necessary tools will be supplied.

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