• One Day Canoe, Foraging and Cookery Course
• Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
• Team-building exercise
• Canoe over to a beautiful island
• Learn how to build a trap and where to locate it
• Gather and filter water
• Prepare and cook rabbit stew
• Introduction to plant identification
• Try your hand at spoon whittling
• You may be part of a group of up to 16 people
What Can I Expect
Get in a canoe and paddle out for lunch in the wild on these foraging experiences near Keswick! Make no mistake, this isn’t a paddle out for a BBQ with goodies from your local supermarket. You will be on an island where you will catch, find, prep and cook food for a meal with a difference.
Your meeting point is a marina on the edge of Derwent Water, where you’ll get in canoes to paddle across to a remote island. From that moment on, it’s all about preparing your meal. This is al fresco dining foraging style. If you know where to look and what to look for, Mother Nature provides you with everything you need to survive and eat. Right down to fashioning your own spoons out of wood, this is taking food preparation back to basics.
You’ll be shown how to make and where to place a trap. You’ll discover which plants are edible and which are not. You’ll learn how to gather and purify water for drinking and cooking. You’ll help prepare the fire for cooking on. And you’ll be whittling those all important spoons yourselves too, that you’ll then use when cooking your meal.
An integral part of these fascinating foraging experiences is the trap. You’ll be preparing what you’ve caught (usually rabbit) for cooking and you are welcome to participate or observe. If you’d rather not take part at all in this part of the course, that’s fine too and shouldn’t put you off booking onto the experience - there’s plenty more foraging to do!
As you can imagine, a bit of remoteness off the usual beaten paths of Cumbria is required for this course, which is why canoeing out to an island is part of your day. It’ll take you away from civilisation (or at least, where you parked the car!) to the island basecamp, without trekking for hours. It’s a paddle and then getting stuck in and finding what rich flora and fauna is right at your feet.
Using a mix of team-based challenges, demonstrations and tasks, this full day out is bound to be fruitful in every sense of the word. You’ll learn lots, discover new things and try out new skills. Who’d have thought you’d be eating a proper bush tucker meal thanks to everything you were taught during your foraging experience in Keswick!
• All courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm
• 25th April
• 1st August
• 5th September
• Minimum age is 16 years old
• There is no disabled access
• This experience is not suitable for spectators
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Once you have made your booking you will be sent a kit list required for this experience
All activities in the outdoors come with inherent risks, some of which unavoidable. All of our courses begin with a full orientation and safety brief. All our events are fully risked assessed, with fully trained professional instructors and each have a minimum of DBS certificate and are all first aid qualified
• Keswick, Cumbria