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18 JANUARY 2010 NEWS RELEASE No: 13219

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Overcoming D-Day in Cheshire's Delamere Forest

The Forestry Commission in North West Engalnd is encouraging people to beat the winter blues by getting out and active in Cheshire’s Delamere Forest, near Northwich.

Experts claim that Monday 18 January is the most depressing day of the year, based on a combination of post Christmas debt levels, the benefits of the festive season having worn off, harsh weather conditions and people starting to fail their New Year’s resolutions.

Vernon Stockton from the Forestry Commission in the North West, said:

“A visit to Delamere Forest is a great way to cheer yourself up. There are lots of different things to do here that will suit people of all levels of fitness and exercising in the forest is a great way of boosting both your health and happiness.”

There are 3 waymarked paths in Delamere Forest: Linmere Trail (1.7 miles) and  Blakemore Trail (2.7 miles), both of which are easy walks starting from Delamere Information Centre. There is also the Easy Access Trail  which starts at Barnsbridge car park and leads down to the serene landscape of Blakemere.  This trail includes musical instruments ideal for entertaining children.

In addition, Old Pale provides a superb new destination to walk to with spectacular views extending as far as Liverpool's famous skyline of cathedrals and harbour buildings.

For cyclists there are 2 trails which start from the Delamere Information Centre. Both the Hunger Hill Trail (4 miles) and the Whitemoor Trail are easy and suitable for novice cyclists and families.
Those who want a real adrenalin rush can try Go Ape, an award winning high wire adventure course of extreme rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides 35 feet above the forest floor. 

The Delamere Forest Visitor Centre also has a cafe, gift shop and picnic area. Season tickets are available for parking.  The Centre is open every day except Christmas Day.  Usual daily opening times are 9am to 4pm. 

For more information see www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland

NOTES TO EDITORS
The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests today are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.  www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland

MEDIA CONTACT
For more information please contact Vernon Stockton at the Forestry Commission on 01606 882167