If you’re staying in or near to Cheshire, you cannot miss Delamere Forest. Situated in the Cheshire village of Delamere, the forest covers an area of 972 hectares (2,400 acres) making it the largest area of woodland in England. Delamere forest is perfect for family picnics, dog walks and cyclists. Today’s blog is all about the best walks in Delamere Forest.
This weekend, we headed to Delamere Forest with our Patterdale terrier Blake. He has LOADS of energy and needs plenty of exercise, sniffs and chances to socialise with other dogs. He was so excited in the car on the way that he simply could not contain himself – he loves going in the car because he knows that we are going to end up somewhere very exciting!
We drove to Delamere Forest from Liverpool and the journey took around 40 minutes. If you do this journey, you will probably end up going over the Runcorn bridge which is a toll road – don’t forget to pay your Merseyflow! We parked on the Whitefield car park which is massive, plenty of parking spaces and picnic tables. It’s a good place to start for the Blakemere trail – which of course we had to do with a dog called Blake!
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Walks in Delamere Forest
There are several amazing walks in Delamere forest that you can do. It is easy to navigate because there are maps in all of the car parks where you can choose which route to do and you can follow the colour of your trail. There are also numbered posts as you walk around the forest so that you can correspond your location with the map. Here are the most popular walks in Delamere forest in order of length/difficulty.
- Easi Trail – very easy and good for all abilities – 0.6km – allow 30 minutes
- Old Pale Trail – very easy – 3km – allow 1 and a half hours
- Linmere Trail – easy – 3.4km – allow 1 and a half hours
- Blakemere Trail – easy – 5.8km – allow 2 hours
- Whitemore Trail – if you want a bit more of a challenge – Forest Road – 10.5km – allow 3+ hours
Top tip – take a photo of the map on your smartphone before you leave the car park. You can also get a PDF here.
The Easi trail is a nice short walk (approximately half an hour) which is suitable for all ages including younger children and the elderly. It’s also good for those who want to take it nice and slow. This trail starts at the Barnsbridge Car Park.
Old Pale Trail
The Old Pale Trail is a haven for wildlife with a wildflower meadow and a natural ampitheatre. From Old Pale stones viewpoint you can see across 7 different counties with a stone representative of each. For the Old Pale Trail follow the YELLOW footprints. Half way around this trail there is a shortcut back to the car park so if you are already getting tired you can cut the walk short half way through. Allow an hour and a half and start this trail at post number 13 close to the Forest Centre.
The Linmere Trail is a nice gentle walk through some of the most beautiful parts of the forest. It takes you past the Gruffalo statue and past part of Blakemore Moss (Lake). This trail starts at the cafe. Follow the GREEN footprints.
This is the route we took. You can either start at the Forest Centre or the Whitefield Car Park which is where we parked. The Whitefield car park is a good place to start because you then have the toilets at the Forest Centre at around the half way point. Park on the Whitefield Car Park and cross over the road. Pick up the Blakemere trail at point number 17. This route takes you all the way around Blakemore Moss Lake. Follow the RED footprints. It took us around two hours with one quick stop halfway.
Blue Cycle Trail
There is an alternative BLUE route that is a suitable alternative for those who have already completed the other trails. This is also a good cycle route. Allow an hour and a half cycling or two hours walking. This route takes you past the Barnsbridge Car Park and Walkers Worizit.
If you are looking for more of a challenge and have a full day to spend in the forest then you could follow the Whitemore trail. This is the white cycle path, so beware of cyclists on this route – there will be a few. This takes you around past the Manley Hill Bike Park. Allow at least 3 hours or more for this trail if you are walking.
Tips for Delamere Forest Walks
Here are my top tips for Delamere forest:
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- Take plenty of water for your dog in an easy to use dog dispenser bottle.
- Take a fully charged phone and portable battery pack to charge if you run out.
- Take a photo of the map on the car park.
- Decide which trail you are going to follow so that you know which colour footprints to follow.
- Make a note of the post number nearest to where you have parked the car.
- Take sandwiches or snacks – there are plenty of picnic tables
- Take a short and long or extendable lead for your dog.
- Watch out for cyclists along the path.
- Take comfortable trainers, walking boots or trail shoes to wear.
- Wear light and comfortable clothing such as leggings and T-shirts.
- Take a sun hat or cap to protect your head incase it gets too hot.
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