Foraging Courses Now Available in Dorset and Somerset

Hi, at mill close we are running a full programme of foraging courses. These foraging courses are held at various intervals dependant on demand and season, with winter courses being roughly once a month, and in the summer and autumn sometimes several times a week. All foraging courses are led by me, Carl.

A full programme of walks for 2022 is no available, and we can be very flexible around people’s requirements and can put on walk and talk foraging courses in new locations to meet geographic requests.  If you have something in mind please do get in touch.

The walk and talk foraging course is a 3 to 4 hour course that can be held anywhere across the whole of Dorset and Somerset. We meet somewhere with reasonable parking at a pre-determined location and we go for a walk using public footpaths Woodlands and private land that we have gained the permission to use. Throughout the foraging course I will show you edible fungi and other free wild edibles there are safe to pick. The foraging course is aimed at everybody from complete beginners to the intermediate forager. Costs for the walk and talk foraging course are £50 per person with discounts available for larger groups and for children. Should you be interested in attending please send us an email at letting me know which foraging course you wish to attend.

The walk and eat foraging courses start and ends at mill close homestead and is culminated with a meal made from what we have managed to forage throughout our walk on the foraging course. This course typically takes 4 to 5 hours and weather permitting we will eat in the gardens where you will get to meet the animals here at the homestead if you wish. These courses start and end at mill close homestead which is near Castle Cary. Again, for availability please send us an email at requesting availability. Be aware these courses book up very quickly so don’t leave it until the last minute. Costs for the walk and eat foraging course are £80 per person with discounts available for larger groups and for children.  PLEASE NOTE, there are no scheduled walk and eat foraging courses currently scheduled for 2022 due to a house move and uncertainty around a location.  watch this space.

Whichever course you attend the goal will be to leave you confident to continue your foraging journey into the future. In all cases we will be collecting edible mushrooms and various other wild growing food dependant on the conditions and the season.

Whether it’s elderberries, mushrooms, or watercress that excites you – we will be looking out for everything that’s in season.

I Am Delighted to announce the following dates are now set for foraging walks in 2022!


King Alfred’s Tower, Near Wincanton in Somerset

Saturday 26th March

Saturday 30th April

Saturday 28th May

Sunday 29th May  SOLD OUT

Saturday 25th June

Saturday 30th July

Saturday 27th August

Saturday 24th September


Duncliffe Woods, Near Shaftesbury, Dorset

Saturday 23rd April

Saturday 18th June

Saturday 10th September


Thorncombe Woods, Near Dorchester, Dorset

Sunday 8th May


Coastal Foraging near Bridport, Dorset

Saturday 12th March

Saturday 9th November

Saturday 12th November


Combe Hill, Near Street, Somerset

Saturday 9th April

Saturday 11th June

Saturday 13th August

Saturday 8th October


To book a slot on any of these dates (subject to availability) please email me at


Other dates and locations are available upon request and bespoke walks can be held for your group at any location, please contact me for charges.


Please note that due to relocation, walk and eat courses are currently not being held until further notice.

I look forward to meeting you!