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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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Welcome to Delamere Forest, a shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain. Delamere is a place for families to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest.     

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Join The Gruffalo’s Child on her forest adventure

Families are invited into the deep dark wood this autumn and winter to find The Gruffalo’s Child, who has followed The Gruffalo out of his comfortable cave for a forest trail adventure.

Trails for everyone 

Delamere is an ideal place to go for a walk. Whether you're looking for an easy going trail for all abilities, a hike to admire the view or a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife.

Amazing bike trails

Take to the tracks at Delamere and explore the forest on two wheels. New riders can enjoy the smooth sandy tracks and gentle hills, whilst more experienced riders can try the skills area and miles of XC trails.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic or junior Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.


Orienteering is an outdoor adventure sport that excerises both mind and body. Delamere offers a permanent orienteering course suitable for all ages and abilities. Explore the forest and develop your navigation skills. For further information visit Deeside Orienteering Club.  Maps are  available to purchase onsite from TRACS  at £1.50.

Horse riding and dog walking

Why not take your best friends along to Delamere? You will be in good company as many people head to the trees to enjoy a long walk. There are beautiful places to ride through and so many sticks to fetch!

Satellite Navigation

To arrive at the forest using Satalite navigation. Please use post code CW8 2HZ This code is not our post code for sending mail, but will get you as close as possible to our forest centre using Sat Nav.   

Delamere Outdoor Fitness  

Why not get fit and feel great. Contact Claire on 07968077180 or

Forest Explorers

Come along to one of our fantastic forest events or learn and play in the forest with Forest Explorers. Contact Helena or visit the web site for more information.


Delamere is also a haven for wildlife including the beautiful small tortoise shell butterfly, greater spotted woodpecker, white faced darter dragonfly, green woodpecker, siskin and southern hawker dragonfly. For more information on the white faced darter check out


Refuel after your forest adventure in the cafe. Serving a wide range of freshly made hot and cold food and drinks from the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

My wife, children and some other members of our family visited yesterday and had a lovely day. We used to have an annual pass as parking is expensive. My complaint is that the toilets at the visitor centre were absolutely disgusting and totally unacceptable. Surely with the amount of money raised from parking and also from the music concerts enough can be allocated to keep the toilets in a clean and useable state. The forest is lovely but the car parks and toilets really let it down. Some investment in these is desperately needed.

Kieron Iggo, 30/Oct/2014

Thank you for your comments. We are experiencing a very busy period at the moement and check and clean the toilets as often as we can. We hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back to the forest soon.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Fetched my 2 boys to the Gruffalo's Child trail after completing the Gruffalo trail in the summer. Had 2 excited boys expecting to see the Gruffalo's child picture on a tree, they were left disappointed when we didn't see one. Did we miss it?

kirsty, 29/Oct/2014

On The Gruffalo's Child trail we have the characters from the story hiding in trees. The Gruffalo's Child is at the start and end of the trail and hope you enjoyed spotting the discs.

Forestry Commission Response

There are signs approaching the forest but once there it is difficult to find the car park near the visitor centre/ toilets. No signs to the toilets from Whitefield car park. No proper visitor centre with information on the forest, its history (geological formation), flora and fauna. No map showing the area except one intended for cyclists costing 2. We have an old leaflet pre lake that was free and gave much information. No obvious location for children's activity sheets nor information about GoApe. Guidance for using this seemed poor. We saw one couple who decided they had to unhook their safety device and loop it over the slide wire. Fortunately it worked but they could very easily have got it wrong. We enjoyed our walk but felt that other similar places we have visited have offered more information to extend our knowledge and help us obtain the most from the site.

How was the lake formed? Why is it there? Do any streams flow into/out of it? Why have the trees that were in the lake been left as stumps? What future is planned for the site to enhance it as a wetland reserve? It is a good place to visit but could be so much more.

Anonymous, 29/Oct/2014

Thank you for your comments. We have reacted and put up signage to direct visitors to facilities. We currently have plans in place to improve our infastructure if permission is granted.

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dog bin
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Hi-Rope
  • Horse riding
  • Information
  • Litter bin
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Train station
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets


OS Grid ref: SJ548705
Postcode: CW8 2JD

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Delamere Office

01606 882167
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