A day of : Paddle Boarding or Kayaking : Foraging : Cooking and eating.
This event will be lead by Dorset resident and Forage London founder John Rensten and centres around a guided paddle board or kayak outing from Studland’s South Beach, skirting the chalk cliffs out to the spectacular towers and arches known as Old Harry Rocks. This takes about 45 minutes each way and you’ll have the choice of paddling a stand up paddle board (only for those who have experience with this already), a sea kayak (either a one seater or a tandem), or if you don’t feel up to the paddle our support speed boat will ferry you out and back. The trip will be accompanied by safety staff from Studland Water Sports who will also be providing us with boards, kayaks, wetsuits and life jackets. Once out at Old Harry you will have the chance to take a dip, check out the amazing formations and caves, and we will spend time as a group learning to identify and harvest numerous seaweed species that are exposed at low tide, many of which make up the spectacular kelp forest surrounding the chalk towers. We will look at how best to collect seaweeds to use as food and when we arrive back at the shore, enjoy some simple beach cookery using a few of the seaweeds we have harvested, probably a seaweed miso soup, rice with dried seaweed sprinkles and a Japanese style seaweed salad, delicious but nothing fancy.
Unlike many of the events we organise, this outing will be more about the activities we do as a group than a day of intensive study of wild edible plants. Out at Old Harry Rocks you will encounter numerous seaweed species and discuss the best method of sustainably picking and preserving our finds, as well as getting an understanding of how these amazing marine algae support and help create our coastal ecosystems.
The day begins : After arriving at (or by) 1.30pm at Dorset’s beautiful Knoll Beach, the middle stretch of Studland Bay, you’ll check in at the Studland Water-sports Hut, get fitted for your wetsuit and life jacket and specify whether you’ll be paddle boarding, kayaking or just letting us take you out to Old Harry by boat. All the kit will be dropped off to us further down the beach by 2.30pm so you’ll have plenty of time to grab a snack or an ice-cream and take a wander down the beach to the meeting point (it’s a beautiful 20 minute walk). From here we will suit up and set off. Ideally we will all be out on the water by 3pm which gives us plenty of time to enjoy the paddle out, check out a couple of coves on the way and get to Old Harry about an hour ahead of the 4.30pm low tide.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BOOKING.
We will be covering various different types of terrain, some quite rocky so if you are at all unsure about this, or have any mobility issues, then please email me before booking, this is possibly not the right event for you.
We are governed by the low tide so if your train or travel is delayed, we may not be able to wait for you. So please plan to arrive with plenty of time to spare, at worst you’ll have to spend an extra hour on the beach!
This course finishes at approximately 5.30pm but I can’t be specific and we may run over especially if we are all having fun and enjoying each others company, the weather is nice etc.
If this event is fully booked and you’d like to go on the cancellations waiting list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org