Delamere Forest Walks and Cycling
Enjoy miles of walking and cycling trails in this 2,400 acre forest on the Cheshire Plain, near Frodsham.
For walkers there's several easy waymarked trails to try. Cyclists can enjoy challenging mountain bike trails or easy family trails. The trails are well marked and cycle hire is available from TRACS (UK) situated just the left-handside of the forest centre car park. You can see details of all the trails on the open street map link below.
This circular walk starts from the Linmere car park and takes you around Blakemere Moss Lake. Look out for wildlife including greater spotted woodpecker, black headed gulls, dragonfly and various butterflies.
Several long distance trails pass the forest so it's easy to extend your exercise. You can explore the Mid Cheshire Ridge on the Sandstone Trail or head towards Warrington on the Delamere Way. The Baker Way also starts at the forest and will take you to Chester via Tarvin and the Shropshire Union Canal.
Just to the south of the forest you can climb to Eddisbury Hill where you will find an Iron Age hill fort. Eddisbury is the largest and most complex of the seven hill forts in the county of Cheshire. It's a short climb from the car park and affords great views over the forest and the surrounding countryside. Near here there's also Old Pale Hill which marks the high point of the northern mass of the Mid Cheshire Ridge. There's views over seven counties from this popular spot.
PostcodeCW8 2JD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Delamere Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Delamere Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Delamere Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Delamere Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a nice on site cafe located at the Forestry Commission visitor centre. They serve a good range of snacks and sandwiches and also have a nice outdoor seating area. You can find the cafe at a postcode of CW8 2JD for your sat navs.
Next to the pretty Hatchmere Lake you'll find the Carriers Inn. The food here is very good and they also have a nice outdoor garden area for warmer days. They are also dog friendly and can be found on the Delamere Road at a postcode of WA6 6NL.
The expansive forest, with its lovely wide paths is ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see plenty of other owners on your outing. There's plenty of off lead areas and a dog friendly cafe as well.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The start point for this walk is located very close to Delamere train station which offers an easy way for visitors to reach the forest by public transport. The station is 9½ miles (15 km) east of Chester on the Mid-Cheshire Line. There is an hourly service each way between Chester and Manchester in each direction. The station marks one end of the Baker Way footpath mentioned above.
Hatchmere Lake is located just to the north of Blakemere Moss and a nice place to visit. The mere is also a nature reserve run by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Here you can look out for a variety of interesting birds including great crested grebe, reed bunting and willow warbler. The reserve also includes the surrounding fens, wet woodland and wet heath with many rare plants to see as well. You can find the site at a postcode of WA6 6NY with the reserve accessed via a footpath off Ashton Road in the village, just as you enter the forest. Dogs on leads are permitted at the mere.
Pictured above, the lovely Hatchmere lake in the forest.
Also of note are the delightful Abbeywood Gardens. Here you can try the 2km wildlife walk, incorporating 27 acres of mature and newly-planted woodland. There's also beautiful gardens, views of the Utkinton Hills and a seven-acre Arboretum with rare deciduous and evergreen tree species. You can find the estate on Chester Road at a postcode of CW8 2HS. It's located just to the south of Delamere and includes a nice cafe.
The circular Kelsall Walk starts from the nearby village. It uses a section of the Eddisbury Way and the Sandstone Trail to visit the forest before heading up to Old Pale Hill.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks page.