Help yourself to the freshest fruit around at these blackberry-picking sites.
There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly-picked blackberries, so we’ve rounded up the very best spots across the city to find them. They’re free to forage, packed with antioxidants and taste equally delicious in jams, cakes and smoothies. So why not take a container and grab some today?
Bramley Fall Woods
For the very best foraging fruit in Leeds, follow the canal along from Granary Wharf to Bramley Fall Woods, where you’ll find a slew of bushes filled with berries – ripe and ready for the plucking. They’re usually to the side of the main path, so keep your eyes peeled as you go.
Bramley Fall Woods, Leeds & Bradford Road, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 2LP.
St Aidan’s Nature Reserve
Spread over a sprawling 400 hectares, you can wander along riverbanks and through the deep woodlands of St Aidan’s Nature Reserve. This variety of terrain makes it the perfect breeding ground for blackberry bushes. The Hillside Hike and Lowther Leap trails both have blackberries, mixed in with the hedgerows, so you can follow whichever path you prefer.
St Aidan’s Nature Reserve, Astley Lane, Great Preston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8AL.
Hetchell Wood Nature Reserve
It might be better known for its protected grasslands, but Hetchell Wood Nature Reserve is also a great spot for berry picking. If you’re after fresh blackberries right off the bush, your best bet is to go around the rare pasture grass in the very middle of the reserve. Keep an eye out, and you’ll usually find a bumper crop tucked away under the tree line at the sides, hidden by the undergrowth.
Hetchell Wood Nature Reserve, Milner Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6NA.
Just 30 minutes from Leeds, Otley Chevin has long been a popular spot for ramblers, and its 2.7-mile circular walk is accompanied by spectacular views over the city. But did you know you can also pick some blackberries on your walk? The undergrowth is packed with berry bushes, so grab a handful to eat or take them with you to make a nice crumble.
The Otley Chevin trail starts at Otley Chevin, Yorkgate Road, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DG.
Black Carr Woods
Just a short drive from Leeds, Black Carr Woods is one of the best places to find ripe blackberries. An Old English word for wet woodlands, the Carr’s often damp weather makes it the perfect conditions for juicy berries, ready to harvest throughout the Autumn. The best bushes are found near the bike trail, so follow the path on foot or on two wheels to find them.
Black Carr Woods, Scholebroke Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 8DZ.