Foraging along the Fallowfield Loop

  • September 7, 2013 · 12:30 PM
  • M21 8UD

* UPDATE - Although the heaviest rain has been forecast for this Friday, the weather forecast for the weekend indicates that there will still be some rain (heavy at times) on Saturday. With this in mind, I'm still going to go ahead with the walk though going to play it by ear on the day  - as it's highly likely that we won't go as far as Highfield country park if the weather is really bad. At least the Fallowfield Loop path shouldn't be muddy, though, as it's tarmacked all the way. Obviously, wearing waterproof jackets and footwear will be somewhat important! Although I'm bringing a telescopic fruit picker with me (to reach the higher branches in the plum and apple trees) it would be great if anyone else who has one can bring one along too - though this isn't essential as people can use mine on the day. Also, If anyone isn't able to make it please let me know as soon as possible as we currently have 3 people on the waiting list.  I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. 

A foraging walk of up to 6 miles in total (there and back) along an old, disused railway line which has now been converted into a shared cycle and pedestrian path(Fallowfield loop) - and which is easily accessible by public transport via the metrolink. The meeting point will be at St Werburgh's Road Metrolink Station platform (in Chorlton) which is where the fallowfield loop begins. We will aim to walk and forage for approximately 4 miles along the route , via fallowfield , until we get to Highfield country park where , time allowing, we can explore the fruit trees there and where people might want to eat any sandwiches they’ve brought for lunch. Although there are apple trees along the route which may be ready for picking there are certainly plum trees there which are bearing some ripened fruit . Certainly, there should still be plenty of blackberries and, possibly, some late raspberries too. I also know a good spot where there were tayberries growing and ready for picking. No matter what we forage on the day, this is still a great opportunity to explore a very pleasant, flat and well surfaced green corridor which snakes its way though the heart of Manchester . It will also provide us with opportunities for pinpointing apple trees which we can then revisit in October for picking. If people decide they don’t want to go all the way to Highfield country park then there are opportunities to leave the path at Fallowfield where there are plenty of buses heading back in to Manchester. At the end of the walk there will also be an opportunity to get a well deserved drink in Chorlton whilst we examine our spoils!

Please note: As the cycle path can be quite narrow and is very popular with cyclists , people need to be mindful of this and of not obstructing the path by trying to remain in single file, where possible, for obvious safety reasons. I'm also limiting the number of people attending to a maximum of 10 for this reason too.

We will meet at St Werburgh's Road Metrolink Station platform (Chorlton) for 12.30 on the Saturday (just look for the man with the telescopic fruit picker in his hand!) where we will forage our way towards Fallowfield

Bring paper bags, carrier bags and, ideally , old fruit or mushroom punnets (as supplied in supermarkets) to carry any foraged plums, blackberries and late raspberries etc which we may find. I'll be bringing along a telescopic fruit picker for reaching fruit on the usually inaccessible higher branches.

A map of the fallowfield loop can be viewed and downloaded here : http://www.mmu.ac.uk/staff/travel/cycling-walking/fallowfieldloop_map.pdf

A map showing the location of St Werbugh's Road Metro Station can be found here: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/stationinfo/Documents/13-0768%20St%20Werburgh%27s%20Road%20local%20area%20map.pdf

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  • Joe C.

    Excellent afternoon with lovely people, sharing knowledge and experience.

    1 · September 7, 2013

    • Keith

      Cheers Joe. It was a really lovely day wasn't it !

      September 7, 2013

  • Keith

    A great turnout with great people , great weather (despite the threatened rain)....and great finds including apples, plums, blackberries, chicory and horseradish!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just realized that i am in this walk, thought i was in waiting list. I am sorry. Hope you guys are having fun :)

    1 · September 7, 2013

    • Keith

      Hi Levi. No worries. Meetup is supposed to email you automatically once you've been moved from the wait list. Hope to see you on a future walk.

      September 7, 2013

  • Rebecca P.

    I've been a bit ill the last few days but will be fine to do this walk if any spaces become available!

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, i fancy going for this walk tomorrow. I will be driving from Wigan. Any tips where I could park my car there. Many Thanks

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not keeping well and will not be able to come tomorrow. Hope to meet you guys sometime soon!

    September 6, 2013

  • Bruce B

    My apologies.... I see 3 people were missing out. I wasn't 100% committed, and have some things I should do, so I am pulling out, reducing the three to two.
    I am interested in this topic, and hope to meet some or all you good folk some time down the line ;)
    Cheers for organising it Keith, meet up socially sometime I hope

    September 6, 2013

  • Nicola C.

    Not able to come along this time, hopefully make the next one.

    September 6, 2013

    • janice

      I have got the most tips about the raw food journey. There is so much to learn and i have made so many mistakes and i am still learning but i find it fascinating. i can share what i have learnt in the past 3 and a half years.

      1 · September 6, 2013

    • Keith

      That's great Janice as the group is all about learning more about foraging and sharing each others knowledge and experience.

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Definitely would have come to this had I known Jack Nicholson was going!

    2 · September 5, 2013

  • Matt

    Well done on rejuvenating the group. Can't make this one unfortunately but will be keeping an eye out for a date I can attend!

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Martina S.

    Sorry, I can't make it : (

    September 1, 2013

  • Rebecca P.

    I'm hoping there might be a space left for me by the time this comes around but don't want to rsvp until probably friday night as I'm on a works do so going to see how that goes first as don't want to mess you about. So fingers crossed I'll be able to come, I'd love to get to know south manc better!

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • janice

    i thought i was just letting the organizer know that i want to be one of the ten people who are included in the walk. We will also be sharing our knowledge of other plants that we see wont be that would be fantastic

    1 · August 29, 2013

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