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Spotted a large adult grass snake in the forest today. Over a foot long! Fun to see.

Dawn and Billy, 14/Mar/2017

Where can I ride in the forest?Is there a map of different rides ad I am new to this?

chris jackson , 12/Nov/2016

We have 2 marked forest road trails, White and Blue, however, you can cycle on all forest roads being aware of other users.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Good place for a walk on a sunny autumn afternoon. Seems to be plenty going on for all ages. Will return.

Anonymous, 16/Oct/2016
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lovely site, we enjoyed it very much and will recommend it to all are friend and maybe even come back once or twice.

hazza wicks, 11/Jul/2016

I want to go now!!!

bobby, 6/Jul/2016
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lovely forest great family fun, definetly re visiting.

hazza, 6/Jul/2016
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Delamire forest is ace. Walking bike riding and the concerts . Well organised and best looked after area ever. Thanks for such a beautiful place to visit for all ages.

Michelle.goggin, 3/Jul/2016
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Great forest and can't wait to visit

Sebastian Miles-Kingston , 11/Jun/2016
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We visited delamere forest today with 3 children (2x3yrs,1yr). We did the stick man trail and visited the gruffalo. The stick man trail was fantastic, the children really enjoyed themselves and the items in the activity pack were well suited. Will defo be re-visiting.

claire, 11/May/2016
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We visited delamere forest today with 3 children (2x3yrs,1yr). We did the stick man trail and visited the gruffalo. The stick man trail was fantastic, the children really enjoyed themselves and the items in the activity pack were well suited. Will defo be re-visiting.

claire, 9/May/2016
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Lovely days to remember everytime we visit.

Tracey Taylor, 8/Apr/2015

Thank you for your comment, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Come again soon.

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Now that the Gruffalo trail has finished which path do you need to follow if you want to see the sculpture

Anonymous, 15/Mar/2015

If you follow the Linmere Trail, green waymakers, it will take you past the Gruffalo sculpture. Thanks

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Will the Gruffalo be back?. I have only just heard about it. We were looking to visit over the Easter period. Devastated that we missed this.

nicola, 12/Mar/2015

The Gruffalo's Child trail has now ended. However, we do have a Gruffalo sculpture in the forest waiting for a visit.

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Hi - just wondered if there is going to be anything on like the gruffalo trail soon? I know superworm is at a few places?

Anonymous, 7/Mar/2015

We have our normal waymarked trails in the forest as well as various events throughout the year. Please see our events page on the Delamere Forest website for further information.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Loved it peace quiet and beautiful views dodging bikes kids dogs all part of the fun will be back

Ryan, 7/Mar/2015

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Come again soon.

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Always love coming to Delamere with the family... Facilities are good and cafe fantastic. Thanks

Anonymous, 6/Mar/2015

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, come again soon.

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Will the gruffalo still be there on 8th March? Even though the actual trail may have ended?

Thanks

Anonymous, 26/Feb/2015

Unfortunately, The Gruffalo's Child trail has now ended. However, we still have The Gruffalo scuplture in the forest.

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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.

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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.

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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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Hello I was just wondering if the gruffalo trail is on sat 21st Feb and also what times it is on. Thanks

Anonymous, 15/Feb/2015

Hi, The Gruffaol's Child trail will still be in the forest yes. We are open from 8am-5pm. Hope you have a good visit.

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Hi, we are thinking about visiting next week for the gruffalo trail with our 7 yr grandson. We also have a 4month old, is it suitable for a pushchair please

Desne pawezowski, 12/Feb/2015

Hi, The Gruffalo's Child trail is suitable for pushchairs but be aware ground conditions will vary depending on the weather.

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The Gruffola trail are dogs allowed to go on the trail also are they allow in the cafe area. I would be greatful if you could email be back a answer thank you.

Janette Tye, 8/Feb/2015

We welcome dogs in the forest on the trails and in the outside cafe area. Hope you enjoy your visit.

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Myself, my husband and our little boy visited Sunday 8th Feb. When we arrived the car park machines where unable to take card payments and unfortunately we did not have any cash.

There was no one around to ask for advice and as there is a notice stating car parking charges of 50 we were reluctant to leave the car.

I went to the Forest office to find the door locked even though staff where inside. My husband approached a member of staff who was talking to a local resident at the back of the office and was not acknowledged by said member of staff or his colleague in the background.

Very disappointing visit as we had travelled 40 miles today.

N Baxter, 8/Feb/2015

We have recently been having a lot of issues with our pay & display machines. A contractor is now installing landlines to each of the machines to hopefully this will enable card payments.

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visited few years ago and stayed on the camping site for the weller gig...my husband is now disabled but wanted to come again for the james gig in july..can you tell me the accessabilty for wheelchairs please

dianne white, 26/Jan/2015

Disabled parking for the concerts is down by the visitor centre. You will need to have your Blue Badge showing in the vehicle. There is disabled access and a viewing platform available inside the arena. Hope you are able to make it and enjoy the concert.

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Hi could you please tell me if the Gruffalo trail is wheelchair friendly for my little girl , I can't see any disabled visitor info on the page

Anonymous, 22/Jan/2015

The Gruffalo's Child trail is located on a path suitable for prams and wheelchairs. There is disabled parking in the visitor centre car park. Hope your little girl enjoys her visit.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Love that theres a couple of Geocaches here now:) Great hot chocolate in the cafe too:)

C and N Smith, 19/Jan/2015
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Lovely day out and lovely views of the lake.

Anonymous, 29/Oct/2014

Really enjoyed the gruffellow trail but found the road signs really poor making it difficult to find the tight car park which was at the Visitors centre, ended up finding the trail mid way round meaning we didn't go to the cafe to get our activity packs, which we wanted.

Vicky, 29/Oct/2014

Thank you for your comments. We have reacted and put up more signage to direct our visitors to our facilities. We hope you enjoyed your visit and will come again.

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Really enjoyed the Gruffalo trail yesterday . my son was so excited and everything met his expectations :-)

kim , 28/Oct/2014
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Really enjoyed the Gruffalo trail yesterday . my son was so excited and everything met his expectations :-)

kim , 28/Oct/2014
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Arrived looking forward to a family day out, however went to pay for parking and none of the machines were accepting card payments dispite the machines having the facility, they didn't take notes and the cafe/shop refused to give change. So with no other option we got back in the car and went home!!

Claire, 21/Oct/2014

Thank you for you comments. Unfortunately we are issues with our car park machine saccepting cards. We have put things in place so that visitors can pay at the FC offices, directional signage displayed. We are also hoping to hard wire in one of the machines to help alleviate the issue.

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Our first ever visit to Delamere today with the children, took part in the Gurffalo trail ,it was such a great day would highly recommend

Paul, 12/Oct/2014

Thank you for your comments. We are pleased you had an enjoyable visit.

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Our fist ever visit to Delamere today with the children, took part in the Gurffalo trail ,it was such a great day would highly recommend

Paul, 12/Oct/2014

Thank you for your comments. We are happy you had an enjoyable visit.

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