Today we went blackberry picking.
There’s something about foraging for blackberries that just brings me to life. Maybe it’s being out in the crisp, Yorkshire air. Maybe it’s scrambling up the fresh, green hills. Maybe it’s the memories of doing this exact same thing as a child.
Whatever it is, I highly recommend it to anyone who’s never tried.
Blackberry Picking Essentials
There’s a few things you’ll need before you can start.
Some blackberry bushes!
Blackberry bushes are like Conker Trees – you just have to keep your eyes out through the year for a good patch.
You’ll need something to pop your treasure in. The juice can stain so use old tubs if possible.
Blackberry juice is bright pink! Your hands (and probably everything else) will get covered in it.
The Best Spot In West Yorkshire
Now if you’re lucky enough to live in my beloved Yorkshire, I’m about to share a big secret with you! The absolute best blackberry picking spot you’ll ever find is in a little village called Briestfield in West Yorkshire.
You want to start at WF12 0PB where Briestfield Lane meets Healey Lane. Follow Sowood Lane all the way up the hill. Then head down past Healey Farm, and out onto the main road via Healey Lane. There are blackberry bushes lining the entire 1.2 mile route!
As an added bonus, you’re just a 5 minute drive away from Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour! There is a playground, a ride-on train, crazy golf, and of course, ice cream!
Today we were blessed with really sunny weather. But we’ve been known to go with our coats buttoned up to our ears and our woolly hats on! It’s just nice to spend time as a family.
I’ve been going to that same spot since I was a kid, and have so many fond memories. I want to let my kids experience it and make their own magical memories.
We always compete to collect the most blackberries. It’s a tradition now. I LOVE that we have family traditions! It’s something special that’s just for our family; our own way of doing things.
And today my little 23 month old baby learnt the difference between black and red. By the end of the trip, she was an expert at finding the ripe berries (black) and ignoring the ones that weren’t ready yet (red). What a fun way to learn your colours!
Blackberry Picking Time
Anyway, if you fancy having a go yourself, you need to get your skates on! Google reliably informs me that the UK blackberry season is June to October.
And let me know what you’re going to make. We’re planning a Blackberry and Pear Crumble! Yum!