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Latest News (23/11/2014 13:51)

The Gruffalo trail is having to under go some essential maintenance work before the Christmas rush. Parts of the trail will be closed, but diversions will be in place.
The work will commence on Monday the 24th of November and will be completed by Friday the 28th of November. Thank you for your cooperation.

Colour rating today: turned golden turned golden

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.

Christmas Tree Sales & Grotto

Real Christmas Tree Sales will be available from Whitefield car park from 1st December to 14th December inclusive. The Grotto will be open weekends only.

Please use the following link for further information about our Christmas event and times etc.

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

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 info@delamereoutdoorfitness.co.uk

Forest Explorers

Come along to one of our fantastic forest events or learn and play in the forest with Forest Explorers. Contact Helena delamere@forest-explorers.co.uk or visit the web site www.forest-explorers.co.uk for more information.

Wildlife

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 www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.

Cafe

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

Hi is there a way of buying fallen trees from the forest. I am starting off chainsaw sculpture and am finding it had to get good size timber. Can you help or know of someone local who can.

Many thanks

Tony

Tony Bellion, 5/Nov/2014

Thank you for getting in touch. I have e-mailed you the details of the Forester to contact.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Brought my son and his friend to do the Gruffalo Trail an they absolutely loved it, will be bring my son again as he loves the outdoor.

PollyPocket, 3/Nov/2014

We are pleased you had an enjoyable visit to Delamere Forest and hope you come again soon.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

Visited today to complete the Gruffalo's Child Trail. Enjoyed our walk but very disappointed with a few things. Firstly, I was visited the website before our visit. I was on the page with Gruffaloo's Child info. There was a warning that might be busy and I just put this down to half term school holidays.

Although we enjoyed our walk, we arrived and found out mid walk there was the Hellrunner Event. I appreciate they want to use the area also, but is it really necessary on half term weekend before kids go back? Surely there are quieter times.

By holding such an event, I'm sure I'm not the only one to say it made the tracks in some places so muddy, my pram was filthy and I'm also disappointed my husband could not use toilet facilities. Staff explained someone was changing a baby? We went to cafe but sat outside for a bit but staff still stood at door and directed him to a portaloo? Excuse me if I'm not happy this had to be shared with a muddy person!!

Hell runner was very noisy and not afternoon I had intended. We live in city so was looking forward to more natural sounds.

Halfway round we saw packing up of huskies, thankfully we didn't get in middle race, but noise terrified kids.

These events needed to be better displayed so we can decide if we don't want to be part of it or better still, we parked at Whitefield Car Park, went the wrong way at first, and that side of Delamere was so much quieter.

I'm not sure we will visit again. This put me off a bit and think was final straw with motorised segways on the trail, 2 under fives with not much sense direction can't really get out there way in a hurry.

Disappointed to say the least with Forrestry Commission it needs a lot more planning and thought.

Sam, 1/Nov/2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a comment. We are aware of the issues and will put things in place in the future to limit disruption to visitors. We are happy Delamere Forest is very popular but nned to limit conflict so all users have an enjoyable visit.

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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SJ548705
Postcode: CW8 2JD

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Contact

Delamere Office

01606 882167
delamere@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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