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Sloe Berry Stroll

From 21 October 2011

A stroll along the banks of the Helford with the chance to grab some sloe berries!


A stroll along the banks of the Helford with the chance to grab some sloe berries – perfect for homemade sloe gin that’ll be ready just in time for Christmas.

Park in the public car park at Helford Passage. Follow the hill down to the Ferryboat Inn. Follow the path to the left of the pub as it winds up the bank with the river on your right hand side. You can follow the path towards the head of the river for as long as you like. On your right hand side are sloe bushes ripe for the picking at this time of year. Walk and pick the fruit to your hearts content before returning to the pub for a well-earned pint. Make sure you go armed with bags or buckets to put your sloes in!


Fill a kilner jar or an empty bottle a third of the way with your picked sloes – make sure you prick them first.

Add another third of white granulated sugar. Fill the bottle with cheap gin and screw on the cap. Leave in a cool, dry place turning once a week.

 The longer you leave it the more developed the flavours will be but it should be left for a minimum of 2 months.


1 mile / 1.6km :: Easy :: 2 hours including time to pick sloes!