Beechfield Dingle can be found just beyond the hamlet of Little Brockton and is well worth a visit especially during the spring when the Wild Garlic ” Allium Ursinum” is in crazy abundance.

Leaving Moonrise Lodges, Priest Weston, head out onto the Chirbury road then turn right onto the B4386 towards Shrewsbury. At the village of Brockton, turn left immediately after The Cock Inn and follow the lane bearing left towards Walton hill. Parking in the large layby, you will see the dingle sloping off to your right, displaying it’s beautiful folliage and flowers.

A gentle, undulating stroll with the sound of the occasional corvid calling above the soungbirds and the murmur of the brook in full flow, this is a truly relaxing experience.

Following the roughly carved footpath through the dingle, you will come to a gated footpath. Follow this to the left and across the foot bridge, taking you uphill and following the path back towards the layby.

The walk should take about an hour or so depending on how often you stop to take in the breath-taking sceney.

You are certain to have worked up an appetite by now so you may wish to try my Wild Garlic and Oven Baked Salmon recipe.

  • Wild Garlic Pesto
  • 100g Wild Garlic Leaves washed thoroughly
  • 50g Parmesan
  • 50g Pinenuts toasted
  • 1-2 tbsp Oliveoil
  • A splash of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Blitz it all in a food processor, or if you are feeling energetic use a pestle and mortar. Add the oil slowly until you get the required consistancy.

Spread the pesto over seasoned red salmon fillets and oven bake. Serve with new potatoes and freshly picked asparagus, Springtime doesn’t get any better than this….. Well maybe a dip in the hot tub with a bottle of proscecco.