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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

Activities at Delamere Forest

a family walk through an illuminated forest
Christmas at Delamere Forest
Family on Go Ape tree top adventure
Go Ape Tree Top Challenge at Delamere
Child looking at Superworm Trail in the forest
Superworm trail at Delamere Forest
Tree-lined walking trail at Delamere Forest
Walking trails at Delamere
group of ladies on mountain bikes in a forest
Breeze into the Forest at Delamere Forest
family on a child friendly cycling trail
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Delamere
A Forest Holidays Lodge at Delamere Forest
Forest Holidays at Delamere
Segway users on a forest trail
Go Ape Forest Segway at Delamere
Child flying through the woods on a zip wire
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at Delamere
Gruffalo creature in forest
Gruffalo Sculptures at Delamere
Two horse riders in high vis and helmets on a forest path
Horse Riding at Delamere Forest
People enjoying Nordic Walking in the forest
Nordic Walking at Delamere
Running trainers on forest floor
parkrun at Delamere
Picnic table within bluebells
Picnics at Delamere
Woman running in the woods
Running trails at Delamere

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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