Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Our opening hours are as follows:

Summer opening times: 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Winter opening times: 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Times change the Monday after the clocks change.

Open every day except Christmas Day

 

How to find us

How to find us
Linmere, Delamere, Northwich
Sat Nav Postcode: CW8 2HZ
By Car

From the A556 take the B5152 and Delamere forest is a mile and a half down the road.

 

Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

The forest is served by Delamere train station.

 

OS Grid Ref
SJ 548 705

53.2294015, -2.6773882

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Delamere Forest

Members park for free with their annual pass.

There are several places to park at Delamere Forest. Payments can be made by cash or card. 

Main Visitor Centre car park - adjacent to the central facilities. It has a number of accessible parking spaces and is close to the start point for all the trails. ANPR (number plate recognition) pay when you leave. For more information about our ANPR system click here. If you want to avoid queues at the parking machines why not use the Glide mobile parking app? You can download it before you arrive on Google Play or on the App Store

Treetops Car Park - close to Delamere train station with regular trains running between Chester and Manchester.  It's favourable location is only a mere 5 minute walk away from our forest centre, which boasts numerous visitor facilities.  If you'd prefer to go cash-free you can use the RingGo* parking app at this car park. Download before you arrive on Google Play or the App Store.

Whitefield Car Park is located off the B5152 and is the most suitable car park for horse-boxes due to its ample parking space. It has picnic facilities and is close to the trails. Pay and display. If you'd prefer to go cash-free you can use the RingGo* parking app at this car park. Download before you arrive on Google Play or the App Store

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge, find out more.

 

 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Forest Centre Car Park
Up to 1 hour £3.00
Up to 2 hours £5.00
All day £8.00
Treetops Car Park
Up to 1 hour £3.00
Up to 2 hours £5.00
All day £8.00
Whitefield Car Park
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Up to 2 hours £4.00
All day £6.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Forest Centre Car Park and Treetops Car Park 

Minibus - £8.00

Coaches - £10.00

Other vehicles:

Motorbikes - £2.00

Horseboxes - £10.00

Cars & trailers - £6.00

Whitefield Car Park:

Minibus - £8.00

Coaches - £5.00

Other vehicles:

Motorbikes - £1.00

Horseboxes - £6.00

Cars & trailers - £4.00

 

Thank you for paying to park. We use the money you spend on parking to look after the nation’s forests. We don’t make a profit and rely on the support of our visitors and members, so every penny you spend is invested by Forestry England back into the management of our woodlands and is needed to make Delamere Forest a great place for a day out.

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 16
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed

Facilities and access

  • We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Delamere Forest without legal restrictions. Please remember to take personal responsibility for your health and hygiene and respect others if they wish to continue with some safety measures, such as wearing a mask or social distancing.
  • Be kind and patient to our staff, volunteers and onsite business partners. They are working hard to help you to get the best out of your visit.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Changing places facilities
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Information point
Picnic area
Toilets
Visitor Centre

Contact details

A shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain

Delamere, south-west of Manchester, is a place to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest.

Accessible by its very own train station, you’ll find easy-going trails for all abilities, a hike to admire the view across to Liverpool’s famous skyline, orienteering courses for all abilities or a bit of peace and quiet to watch the wildlife by the lake. Forest Holidays have a selection of stunning forest cabins, perfect if you are looking to escape the everyday. 

If you would rather get a bird’s eye view of the forest, treat your group to an outdoor adventure at Go Ape! If heights aren’t your thing, we also have Segway hire available. Delamere has something for everyone!

Texas press photograph

Texas at Delamere Forest

See Texas perform in a beautiful forest setting on Sunday 19 June.

British Cycling and Forestry England have teamed up to offer free, women-only group cycle rides for all abilities in the nation’s forests. Every group ride is led by a qualified Breeze into the Forest Champion who will organise everything and make sure everyone stays safe. Come along to ride, chat and of course enjoy some tea and cake from the onsite café afterwards.

Join Kate and Jane, our Breeze into the Forest Champions, on a cycle ride through the forest, taking in stunning scenery and wildlife. 

Bike hire is available from TRACS with pre-booking, and costs £20 for 3 hours. 

Look out for more rides by searching for Delamere Forest on the Lets Ride website.

Check out the Breeze at Delamere Facebook page here for more information!

*All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. If you are registering a person aged under 16 who is not your child, you must have the consent of the parent or guardian of the child in question.

Go Ape locations in our forests are now open. Pre-booking is essential. More information is available on the Go Ape website.

Challenge your inner daredevil! Whether you are looking for an activity day out for your family or a corporate team building day, Go Ape Tree Top Challenge will take you high above the forest floor. Zip lines, nets, rope ladders and swings all add up to an experience you will be talking about for months.

Go Ape pride themselves on enabling people with a disability to access their courses - so give them a ring or call in at the cabin on site to discuss any needs that you or your group may have.

See further information and book direct with Go Ape.

Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest.

This new self-led trail for 2022 features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask.

Set off with Superworm and become a forest superhero!

Superworm lasso a trail activity pack!

What superhero antics will you pull off in your forest superhero mask?

Inside the Superworm trail pack you’ll find:

Kraft bag to colour in Forest superhero mask 7 creature facts cards Activity sheet to complete at home Stickers Pencil and crayon Trail leaflet

To keep visitors and our staff safe we are asking that people make contactless payments when buying their trail activity packs and wear a face covering during the purchase.

Follow the trail

The trail should keep the young ones entertained for around an hour leaving plenty of time to find more fun and explore the forest. The trail will be here throughout 2022 for lots of forest fun!

It is important that visitors follow social distancing guidelines along the trail and keep 2m apart from other groups where possible.  

Trail activity packs are available to purchase from the Visitor Welcome building during opening times for £3.50 (card payment only).

Share your experiences and photos with #SuperwormTrail

© 2012 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Delamere Forest provides many gentle forest roads and trails ideal for the less-able or for families with children. There are dry sandstone paths, lots of mature trees to shade or shelter under and Blakemere Moss is an ideal lake for bird watchers. In addition, Old Pale provides a superb walk with spectacular views extending as far as Liverpool's famous skyline of cathedrals and harbour buildings.

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