Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:43

Delamere Forest

Written by The Webmaster

Owned and managed by the Forestry Commission, Delamere Forest is a shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain.

It's a place for families to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest.

Love walking? There are dry sandstone paths with lots of mature trees for shade or shelter, whether you walk in solitude or with family and friends - both the two and the four legged variety.

It's a beautiful place to ride your horse. If you're bringing a horse box the best place to park is at Whitefield car park where it's quieter, especially on weekdays; there's plenty of room to box/unbox your horse, and from here you are already on the Delamere Loop.

There are also plenty of cycling trails for all abilities, from relaxing family rides, to mountain bike trails and a bike skills area. And Blakemere Moss lake is ideal for bird watchers.

Gruffalo Spotter Trails

To take part you'll need to download the app at home before you visit Delamere Forest. Along the trail look out for clues which lead to footprint marker posts - point the app at these and watch mouse, fox, owl, snake and the Gruffalo appear before your eyes! You can also purchase a Gruffalo Activity Kit at Delamere which contains an evidence collection bag, five fact and activity cards, stickers of the Gruffalo characters, a special magnifying glass, ruler and a pencil! Entrance is free other than the usual parking fee. You can discover more here.

Go Ape

Enjoy two to three hours of Tree Top Adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, Tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! There's also Tree Top Junior with all the fun of the classic Adventure on a course designed especially for younger children. Alternatively, why not enjoy an hour of fun with their Forest Segway Experience and explore the forest on the latest in green technology – a self-balancing electric Segway. You can discover more about Go Ape here.

For full information about Delamere Forest you can visit their website here.