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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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.     

Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015Forest Live 2015 

This July, Delamere Forest will host a series of outdoor music concertsFri 3 July- Paloma Faith SOLD OUT, Sat 4 July- Tom Odell and Sun 5 July- James SOLD OUT.

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo’s Child trails 

Families are invited into the deep dark wood this winter to join The Gruffalo’s Child on her forest adventure. Buy an activity pack for extra activities.

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We had a lovely time doing the Gruffalo trail today, my little boy loved it as his favourite things at the moment are the Gruffalo and picking up sticks so he was in his element

Laura, 24/Feb/2015

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit to Delamere Forest and hope you will come again for more family fun outdoors.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

I was very disappointed with the Gruffalo trail today when I brought my grandchildren to visit. I have been visiting Delamere forest from a child as my family lived in Manley. I am now in my 60's. It was so muddy and the children had to dodge the mountain bike riders at their peril. Is this conservation of an ancient forest, I think not, this is commercial rural tourism gone mad under the pretext of the English forestry commission. I know you will not consider these " negative comments" but what a shame. My ancestors would turn in their grave if they knew. My great grandad was a worker putting in the railway through the forest. I won't be coming back!

Anonymous, 20/Feb/2015

Delamere Forest has become such a popular destination for families and other user groups to use. We are a multi-user forest and try to accomodate all users and ask they respect each other. We welcome comments and feedback and always seek to improve our facilities and provide visitors with an enjoyable and memorable visit.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi i was thinking of bringing my 2 year old to the gruffalo trail with some friends and their little ones, however ive recently broken my foot and would still love to bring ny daughter. I have a wheelchair would this be suitable for me to get about as much easily as everyone else? Thank you.

Anonymous, 15/Feb/2015

Hi, The trail is suitable for prams and wheelchairs, however, ground conditions will change depending on the weather and there are a few uphill/downhill sections, so you would need assistance. Also maybe you could park at Barnsbridge car park (Off Ashton Road) as this is a flatter route to the trail.

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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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