Ways to keep adventuring this winter
At Fore / Adventure we love the summer – warm weather and inviting seas are great for kayaking, snorkelling and exploring the coastline here in Dorset! But what do we do when the weather turns colder, wetter and windier?! You won’t find us hunkering down inside with a fire and a hot chocolate (well, not all the time anyway!) because we love being outside and making the most of what every season gives us! Here’s our top tips for staying active outdoors.
So what can you get up to in the great outdoors in the Autumn and Winter?
We don’t know what it is about Bushcraft; the crackling fire, being immersed in the woods, the crisp morning air… it’s the perfect winter activity to get you engaging with nature and learning something new!
Get primal and light a fire using only what you find in your woodland environment gather birch bark, dried ferns and leaves, sticks and branches and soon you’ll be able to cook food, boil water or simply stay warm!
Nothing beats getting out and exploring somewhere new (or somewhere old!) in the Autumn or Winter. Wrap up warm and take a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate and make the most of the peace and quiet of the cooler months.
While you’re exploring the countryside or coast you can pick up some great foodie treasures, especially in the autumn and winter!
In autumn we can often find and forage:
Blackberries- probably every child’s first forage, sweet blackberries can be taken home and made into crumbles, cheesecakes, and jams- or more often gobbled straight from the hedgerow!
Nettles- easy to identify, not so easy to pick! Find young fresh nettles, they are super versatile in the kitchen, make soup, risotto or pesto (and maybe pick some dock leaves as well, just in case!)
Acorns- experts say nuts are harder work to forage and eat than fruits and plants, and acorns are no different! They contain bitter tannins, so acorns must be leached before they’re cooked or eaten.
In winter we can often find and forage:
Conifer Needles- an unlikely, but common, wild food with incredible medicinal properties. Snip them up into small pieces and make pine needle tea for a healthy dose of immune-boosting vitamin C- always appreciated in ‘cold’ season!!
Chestnuts- a classic winter forage, especially at Christmas! Roast them (preferably on an open fire!) and enjoy by adding to your Christmas stuffing, or candying them for a sweet festive treat.
Sloe berries- the blue-black fruit of the Blackthorn tree are tart and acidic, but great for making sloe gin to be given as a Christmas gift- or enjoyed yourself!
A day outdoors is never complete without a warming feast to come back to. Gather up your foraged finds and put those fire lighting skills to good use by creating a sumptious supper to warm up with.
We love creating foraged feasts and encourage you to experiment with the wild food out there, a good place to start is by using edible berries and flowers to make flavoured cordials and syrups, green herbs for salsas and pestos or stuff fish and cook over the fire for a true taste of the wild.
If you’re looking for an adventure this winter, we have regular foraging walks and bushcraft courses to teach you the skills you need to get the most out of your time in the outdoors year round, see our events page for availability.
If you’re looking for a super special experience then join our next seasonal Forage and Feast, where you can enjoy a taster of all of the above and a 3 course meal with welcome wild cocktail and wine for just £70pp.
Festive Forage and Feast | Dec 7th | 15.00 – 18.00
What’s included for just £70pp;
* Foraging walk – hedgerow and seashore plant identification
* Bushcraft tool use
* Wild cooking demonstration
* Welcome wild cocktail
* 3 course supper with foraged ingredients and wine
* cosy campfire
If you’re thinking of treating a loved one this Christmas we also sell gift vouchers, all the info you need is here.