With 2,362 km square of national parkland, the Lake District is a good place to start foraging. Turn a good walk into a foraging adventure by slowing down, taking a pause and looking around you. Even if you start on a path you have taken many times before, with a foragers eye you will find so much more. Create a seasonal supermarket from your favourite trails picking nettles, elderflower, wild garlic and blackberries.
A way of life for our ancestors, foraging, does have its pitfalls. Avoid private land and make sure you know 100% what you pick and eat. If in doubt leave it behind.
Making flowering currant cordial is a a good way to start a foraging journey. Finding the bright flowers isn’t difficult. They start to flower in mid-March and will go through until May. Found in parks and gardens across the country and are notable for their strong herbal sent and bright pink flowers. To make 1.5 litres of cordial, you will need about 30 flower heads.