What we're about

This group is for outdoorsy people and those looking for micro-adventures in the wild! We'll be running walks, foraging/bushcraft trips and wild camping in the South West up to a 3 hour distance from Bristol/Bath.
Perfect for people with a reasonable fitness level who want to get out and explore, meet like-minded people and learn some new skills along the way.

We also have a coffee company, Fireside Brew Co, so expect many campfire coffees on the journey! :-)

Upcoming events (3)

Hedgerow Wild Tea Foraging; Fungi, Tree, Plant Identification. Nr Bristol & Bath

🔸 Date: Saturday 28th May.
🔸 Time: 09:30am start (arrive early to allow time for parking). Finish around Midday.
🔸 Dog Friendly: dogs are very welcome!
🔸 Difficulty: Easy. It can be muddy in places, but otherwise it's an easy stroll at a slow foragers pace.
🔸 Cost: FREE!

Join us for a hedgerow forage and walk at Greyfeld Woods, near Bristol and Bath. May is a great time of year for spring greens and flowers, and we'll be looking for hedgerow tea ingredients as well as wild edibles.

We recommend bringing a hot water flask with tea infuser, or grab one of ours: https://firesidebrew.co/products/fireside-eco-flask-insulated-flask-tea-infuser - and you can make yourself a tea as you go!

Parking is limited, so please do share cars where possible.

Rich will be leading this walk and here are some of the highlights of this route:

🔹 A walk through woodland and meadow, discovering lots of edible and medicinal wild foods.
🔹 Focus on hedgerow ingredients for wild tea making as well as general foraging.
🔹 Tree, plant and mushroom identification.
🔹 Possibility of finding some winter/spring edible and medicinal fungi with advice on safely identifying and using them.
🔹There's also a lovely waterfall in the woods.

Extra info:

🔹 Parking: We'll meet at Greyfield wood, Bristol BS39 6YE. Parking is free but space is limited. Here's a handy parking guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JFaTH4iZgw64hmBH45ESbG_42_TTH3DU/view?usp=sharing
🔹 Please dress for the weather, bring waterproofs and wear good walking boots/wellies if it looks like rain.
🔹 Bring any food and drink to keep you going, and we recommend a small rucksack to stow things in.
🔹 T&Cs and Disclaimer: https://www.meetup.com/fireside-meetups/pages/32388653/Terms,_Conditions_and_Disclaimers/
🔹 We'll be taking photos and may do some filming too, so by signing up you're happy to be included in any shots.
🔹 YouTube channel for more foraging, bushcraft and adventures (please subscribe!): https://youtube.com/channel/UCtxeAxp2Ty5BxHHT93DEnrQ

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Survival Training! 2-Day Course. Learn To Survive in the Wild. Camp + Bushcraft.

🔸 Date: Thursday 9th & Friday 10th June, 2022.
🔸 Time: Arrive from 09:00 for a 10:00am start on 9th June. Finish around 4pm on Friday 10th.
🔸 Camping: an optional camping pitch per person is included (bring your own tent/kit) - see details below.
🔸 Level: Beginner - absolutely no previous experience needed.
🔸 Cost: £50 per person.

We're thrilled to announce this Survival & Bushcraft 2-day course at a wonderful location near Frome, Bruton & Shepton Mallet in Somerset!

This is a structured but relaxed course covering the essentials for wilderness survival, including:

🔹 Fire: learn firelighting techniques, natural materials and where to find them, fire building for different uses: cooking, warmth and signalling. Fire safety and extinguishing will also be covered.
🔹 Shelter: correct siting and techniques for shelter building.
🔹 Water: finding and making water safe to drink.
🔹 Food: foraging for food and how to get calories and nutrients from the wild.
🔹 Prioritisation & risk mitigation: understand the mental and physical challenges of true survival situations and how to overcome them.
🔹 Equipment use, including survival knives and saws (provided for the course).

What's included:

🔹 Expert training by Rich and the Fireside team.
🔹 Wonderful woodland location, shelter and campfire at the excellent Field725 camping between Frome and Bruton.
🔹 Free coffee & tea.
🔹 Camping pitches: free grass pitches (bring your own tent) are included, or you can upgrade to one of the other accommodation options on site (contact the campsite to book).
🔹 Glamping facilities: hot showers, flushing toilets, a kitchen area and beautiful views across rolling hills.
🔹 Note: food is not included so please bring your own, which you can cook on the campfire or in the campsite kitchen.

These are skills you can apply in many circumstances, anywhere in the world.

Extra info:

🔹 Payment: you can book your place through Meetup - please note there is often a delay showing you as going once paid via Paypal. If you don't want to use Paypal, just DM Rich for other options to pay and book a place.
🔹 Parking: there is free parking on site.
🔹 Camping: an optional free camping pitch and access to the glamping facilities is included.
🔹 Please dress for the weather, bring waterproofs and wear good footwear.
🔹 Bring any food and drink you like, and we recommend a small rucksack to stow things in.
🔹 T&Cs and Disclaimer: https://www.meetup.com/fireside-meetups/pages/32388653/Terms,_Conditions_and_Disclaimers/
🔹 We'll be taking photos and may do some filming too, so by signing up you're happy to be included in any shots.
🔹 YouTube channel for more foraging, bushcraft and adventures (please subscribe!): https://youtube.com/channel/UCtxeAxp2Ty5BxHHT93DEnrQ

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Cheddar Gorge Forage & Hike: Hedgerow Edibles, Mushrooms, Goats & Amazing Views!

🔸 Date: Saturday 25th June.
🔸 Time: 09:00 start (arrive to allow time for parking). Finish around midday.
🔸 Dog Friendly (note: there are wild goats around).
🔸 Difficulty: Moderate. Long uphill walk initially, although we'll forage along the way so there'll be plenty of breaks.
🔸 Cost: FREE! Parking is £4 via an honesty box (cash only)

Join us for an energetic walk and forage at one of the South West's best locations: the stunning Cheddar Gorge!

We're going to do one side of the Gorge, not the full loop, so it's a moderate difficulty walk and we'll be foraging along the way. If the weather is good, bring lunch/snacks and we can spend some time at the top of the Gorge, which has stunning views.

Rich is leading this walk and will show you any wild foods along the way. This will be an adventurous, fun and energetic walk with like-minded people.

Here are some of the highlights of this route:

🔹 Foraging for hedgerow edibles, wild teas and mushrooms!
🔹 One of the best hikes in the South West with crazy views for miles around.
🔹 Wild goats! There are troops of wild goats at the Gorge, which are perfectly friendly but should be given space as they're likely to have young in June.
🔹 The walk is safe and you can stay away from the cliff edges if you're not a fan of heights!
🔹 Lots of cool stuff to do nearby afterwards including the excellent Cheddar & Wookey Hole caves.

More info:

🔹 Parking: We’ll meet at Lynch Farm car park, which you can find by putting “The Lippiatt, Cheddar” or postcode BS27 3QP in your sat nav. It’s £4 per car, via an honesty box.
🔹 Please dress for the weather, and wear good walking boots/shoes.
🔹 Bring any food and drink to keep you going, and we recommend a small rucksack to stow things in.

Other Bits:

🔹 T&Cs and Disclaimer: https://www.meetup.com/fireside-meetups/pages/32388653/Terms,_Conditions_and_Disclaimers/
🔹 We'll be taking photos and may do some filming too, so by signing up you're happy to be included in any shots.
🔹 YouTube channel for more foraging, bushcraft and adventures (please subscribe!): https://youtube.com/channel/UCtxeAxp2Ty5BxHHT93DEnrQ

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