Wild Woodland Walk with Emma Gunn
Sunday 23rd July, 11am - 1pm and Sunday 20th August, 11am - 1pm
Take a walk in the Northern Woods of St Michael’s Mount with wild food expert Emma Gunn. Be inspired by food located in the wild and get back to nature, learning what is edible along the coastal path or in the woods, and get a true taste of the bay.
Join Emma Gunn and one of the St Michael’s Mount gardening team for a walk in the Northern Woods of St Michael’s Mount.
The walk will commence on Marazion beach (below the Godolphin Arms) at the edge of the causeway leading to the island. Emma will start the walk discussing sustainable foraging practice and will identify the multitude of seaweeds that grow adjacent to the causeway, including sea lettuce, Japanese wireweed, gutweed, dabberlocks, sugar kelp, oarweed, dulse, bladderwrack, and spiralled wrack.
Upon arrival to the island, the group will be led to the Northern Woods, an area that is not usually accessible to the public. This is a rare opportunity to explore the beautiful terrain of the woodland on the Northern side of St Michael’s Mount which has stunning views across to the Marazion marshes, Penzance and Trencrom Hill. With carpets of bluebells in spring, blackberries in late summer, and wild berries in winter, the Northern Woods is nurtured but not landscaped, so there is a real sense of exploring a natural habitat.
If you have always wanted to know what food you can forage in the wild, or if you are an expert in foraging, this walk will be insightful and enjoyable with the opportunity to forage sorrel, sow thistle, bramble shoots (blackberries), crocosmia, nettles, scurvy grass, silverweed, navelwort, conifers, hogweed, daisies, dandelions, cleavers, dock, plantain, three cornered leek, and honeysuckle.
Following the walk Emma will provide delicious foraged nibbles to be enjoyed as you sit and relax, taking in the stunning view looking across Mount’s Bay.
Safety and Access: The walk will cover slippery surfaces like the causeway and uneven ground on the island. It is advised that you wear appropriate footwear and clothes for the walk – including sturdy walking shoes and clothing that covers arms and legs. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the terrain, this walk will not be suitable for people with limited mobility. The walk is suitable for ages 8 and up.
To read more about Emma Gunn visit http://nevermindtheburdocks.co.uk/
BOOK YOUR PLACE
20 people maximum per walk. Phone bookings only – please call 01736 710507. Places are limited, and bookings will be made on a first come first served basis. Payment in advance is required to confirm your place.
Tickets are £20 per person and include access to the castle following the walk.
Payment is via credit card, cheque or cash.