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Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day

Our car park opening hours are as follows:

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

Winter opening times: 8:00am to 5:00pm. (During Christmas at Delamere Forest opening times may vary. Please see below for details.)

Times change the Monday after the clocks change.

Opening times for the visitor welcome point, toilets and other on site businesses may vary.

 

Opening hours during the Christmas at Delamere Forest illuminated lights trail 

On nights when the Christmas at Delamere Forest lights trail is in operation, the main car park and trail that is used for Christmas at Delamere Forest will be closed from 3pm. This effects the following dates: 

  • Friday 25 November - Sunday 27 November 
  • Friday 2 December - Sunday 4 December
  • Friday 9 December - Sunday 11 December
  • Friday 16 December - Saturday 24 December
  • Monday 26 December - Saturday 31 December 

On these dates alternative parking for daytime visitors is available at our Whitefields and Treetops car parks (open as normal from 8am to 5pm).

The Superworm Trail will be unavailable from 3pm on the dates when Christmas at Delamere Forest is in operation - on these days we recommend anyone starting the Superworm Trail does so no later than 2pm.  

All other days we are open as normal. Bike hire and Go Ape will be open as usual on all days. 

 

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

Payments can be made by cash or card. Members park for free with their annual pass.

There are three car parks available at Delamere Forest. 

Please park in one of the official car parks when visiting Delamere Forest. Parking outside the forest can be dangerous for both you and other road users, damaging to verges, inconsiderate to our neighbours and can make it difficult for emergency and local services. 

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. Be sure to check out Delamere Forest Cafe for a wide range of delicious food and drinks. 

Delamere Forest has something for everyone!

Food and drink

tea and coffee enjoyed at a forest cafe

Delamere Cafe

Family run cafe serving a wide range of freshly made hot and cold food and drinks throughout the day. Locally sourced ingredients such as coffee roasted in Wirral.

An enchanting after-dark illuminated trail through a festive forest.

Back for 2022 with over a million lights and seasonal sounds, Christmas at Delamere Forest will bring bundles of festive cheer to the forest and provides the perfect backdrop for magical time together with your loved ones.

Discover glittering tunnels of light, trees drenched in jewel-like colour and wander beneath larger-than-life illuminations. Various dates throughout November and December.

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.

Nearby forests

Footpath through trees at Sutton Manor

Sutton Manor is a 230 acre site located in St Helens next to the M62 on the former Sutton Manor Colliery. At its highest point it is over 200m above sea level.

In 2001 the former spoil heap was transformed into a community woodland and wildlife haven for the local community and visitors to enjoy. Over 2 million trees were planted!

Grassland

Popular with walkers, cyclists and wildlife watchers, there is a network of over 5km of trails around the woodland, and visitors can enjoy the striking wooden viewpoint created by artist Richard Caink.

Part of the Abram Flashes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Flashes of Wigan and Leigh National Nature Reserve, Viridor Wood features a mix of woodland, grassland and fishing lakes.

field with rocks

As a former coal mine, Colliers Wood forms an interconnected area of woodlands and grassland surrounding Higher Folds. The various footpaths offer quite a lot of opportunity for exploration and discovery.

There has been recent planting near Cooling Lane which is now coming into fruition. From Queensway, there is access to an area once used by bird watchers.

Colliers Wood is located approximately ten miles west of Manchester. 

Owl sculpture at Sefton Meadows

Located near Liverpool, Sefton Meadows offers the perfect opportunity to escape the city! The woodlands are made up of three sites, Jubilee Woods, Roughlys Wood and Brooms Cross. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the Barn Owl sculpture which can be seen at Jubilee Woods! The site is also often visited by Hunting barn owls and they are likely to be spotted around dusk. 

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