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Foraging in the Foothills

11A Cloughinny Road, Forkhill, County Armagh, BT35 9RY
Foraging Group

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Tapping into a lifetime love for the outdoors, centuries-old tacit knowledge handed down through my family, and years of my own research and experimentation, I will guide you on a foraging journey that reveals the hidden potential in even the most familiar of wild plants, those plants that surround you, the ones you walk past every day whether you live in the countryside, town or city.

Join me to explore the fields and ditches of the townland area as I introduce you to the wonderful world of wild edibles and simple but powerful folk medicinals.

The entire experience should last around 3 hours. We'll meet in my farmyard for a 10.30 am start – there is a good-sized carpark but please carpool where possible while remaining covid safe. I will take you through my garden a short distance to visit a 200-year-old half -door stone cottage. At the cottage, I'll give a brief introduction to the art of foraging – ethics, law, safety, sustainability, etc. We begin our approximate 2-hour foraging walk of field and hedgerow.

The plants, fungi, berries that we may meet and discuss are seasonally dependent, each season has its blessings. We'll be eating some tasty wild foraged treats that I have prepared -small nibbles 'on the hoof' as we walk. Return to the stone cottage for a brief look at processing and preservation techniques. We're finished up at about 1.30 pm

What do I need to bring?
Good strong footwear, wellies if you want ( the grass may be long and wet in places so please dress accordingly)
Waterproofs – a good raincoat or umbrella
Warm clothing – we won't be walking very fast or far and obviously we will be stopping at several points to meet the plants
A bottle of water
A camera, notebook, field guide (plants), small basket/cloth bag will all enchance your day

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Adult£39.00 per ticket

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Opening Times

Season (22 May 2022)
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Sunday10:30 - 13:30
Season (29 May 2022)
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Sunday10:30 - 13:30

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

We are located exactly halfway between Belfast and Dublin and just 5 minutes off the main North / South M1 Motorway.Directions from either Belfast or Dublin – Travelling on the M1 Motorway, Exit through the Forkhill Exit, B113. This sign also directs visitors to Newry, W'point and the Mourne Coastal Route. From the slip road, you will pick up the first sign for Slieve Gullion Forest Park (4th exit from north, 1st exit from the south). On the exit road, you will pick up signs for Forkhill B113 and Slieve Gullion Forest Park.After 1.5km you will pass a petrol station on the right and another on your left. A further 2.5 km will take you into the village of Meigh, after exiting Meigh and a further 1.5 km you will pass by the entrance to Slieve Gullion Forest. Continue on for a further 3 kms passing alongside the village of Drumintee. After passing the Three Steps Bar and Lounge on your left-hand side, continue for a further 500 metre being careful not to miss the next minor road, The Cloughinny Road, to your right.Turn right on to The Cloughinny Road and you will find us 800 metres further on along the road, 4th house on the right, with black railings and tall white piers. There should be signs at the gate for Mountain Ways Ireland.(If you are coming from Jonesborough (Junction 18 on M1), take the road for 5 kms to Drumintee / Forkhill, turn left when you reach the Three Steps Bar and Lounge on the corner of the B113. From the Three Steps Bar, it's only 500 metres being careful not to miss the next minor road to your right, The Cloughinny Road. Turn right on to The Cloughinny Road and you will find us 800 metres further on along the road, 4th house on the right, with black railings and tall white piers. There should be signs at the gate for Mountain Ways Ireland.)

Public Transport Directions

We are located exactly halfway between Belfast and Dublin and just 5 minutes off the main North / South Motorway.45 minutes drive will take you from either Dublin or Belfast international airports.There are regular train and bus connections between both Dublin / Belfast to either of our local towns of Newry or Dundalk.Either of these towns are a 10-minute drive away and taxi transport can be arranged if you let us know in advance.You will need car transport to arrive at our home and farm. There is ample free parking available for either car or small coach.

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