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Here today, jam tomorrow. Take a Bramble Ramble!

16th September 2015

Categories: News

Quintessentially a British autumn past time blackberry picking has in recent years become a dying art.

Bramble Ramble

Suggestions of increasing numbers of housing developments, the reduction in hedgerows and children spending less time outside have all been attributed to this.

However, here in Harrogate District we are lucky enough to be surrounded by countryside, with wide grass verges and plenty of bramble friendly hedgerows. The Nidderdale AONB and Yorkshire Dales National Park ensures there are plenty of green spaces that allow the brambles to flourish.

So where can you find these blackberries? Of course, we don't want to give away too many of our bramble collecting secrets! But... we do recommend taking a tub on the Pateley Circular via Brimham Rocks, the picturesque 6.5 mile circular walk of Fountains Abbey to Markenfield Hall, the Bewerley Industrial Heritage Trail and when visiting Stainburn Forest Mountain Bike Trails and Walks. 

The National Trust recommends Benningbrough Hall and Gardens as a top bramble spot whilst also giving some top tips on their site on how to pick them. To encourage the younger members of the family to join in (if homemade blackberry pie isn't enough encouragement!) Blackberry picking is also a tick off number 21 on Things to do before you're 11 ¾ . 

Once you have tubs of the juicy fruit, what are you going to do with them? 

Alongside the traditional favourites of crumbles and jams our top five favourite recipes include an indulgent blackberry chiffon cake, a creme de mure liqueur and perfect for your work lunch box blackberry crumb bars. For parties how about a blackberry and port trifle or make a blackberry coulis to keep in the freezer and use on ice cream and pancakes.

So let's not lose this Great British pastime and get out for a Bramble Ramble!

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