Following recent harvesting operations, most of our trails are now open as normal - please check here for information around the remaining diversions or closures. - to help plan your visit
Saturday 2 March: The Sandstone trail sections of Delamere and Barnsbridge car park will be busier than normal due to the Chester Ultra Marathon event from 8am-3pm.
Forest Runner is taking place on Sunday 3 March - The main Car Park will be busier than normal and Trails starting from the Visitor Centre will be busy with runners from 8am-12:30pm.

Visitor information

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

Delamere Forest, within easy reach of both Manchester and Liverpool, 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 have bike hire available to enable you to hit the trails and be sure to check out Delamere Forest Cafe for a wide range of delicious food and drinks. 

Delamere Forest has something for everyone!

Delamere Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

There are two cycling routes marked out within the forest, both are classified as forest road routes. More advanced mountain bikers should spend some time navigating their way around the myriad of routes and trails within the forest.

Haven't got a bike but love cycling? Then head to Delamere Forest Bike Hire where 3-6 hour bike hire sessions are available along with sales and servicing. For information on training sessions, events and workshops, visit their facebook page. 

Did you know? Work on our new mountain bike trail has officially started - find out more.

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

What to expect

The interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Follow the trail to help find the missing party items to give the Gruffalo a birthday to remember. Search for balloons, pine cones, apples and the Gruffalo himself, and complete fun activities and rubbings as you go along.

Get the party started with a Gruffalo Party Trail pack

Pick up your pack for just £4 from the visitor welcome point, packed with fun things to do on your party adventure.

Inside you’ll find:

kraft bag to colour in party headband to wear party trail activity leaflet stickers pencil and crayon keepsake sew-on Gruffalo Party patch

Share your party fun using the #GruffaloTrail hashtag.

The Gruffalo © 1999 & 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.

Sleep under the stars in Delamere Forest in a cosy cabin that feels like home.

Cheshire is a fantastic holiday destination, but there’s only one place where you can spend a few nights deep in the heart of Delamere Forest.  Whether you need a weekend break or a long getaway, Forest Holidays provide the perfect location to relax, recoup and get lost in the wonders of the woods. 

With underfloor heating, log burners, incredible views and even your own outdoor hot tub, this is a holiday that you aren't likely to forget. Venture out into the local area and find your own family favourites and hidden gems. Because the forest is more than just a place to stay -  there are endless possibilities.

With a dedicated Forest Ranger on location, you can also plan a programme of unique experiences to discover the wonders and secrets of the forest.

Stay in one of Britain's most beautiful forests, offering a retreat from the everyday. Find out more about Forest Holidays and book your stay now.

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. 

Look out for the Barn Owl sculpture at Jubilee Woods. The site is also often visited by Hunting barn owls and they are usually seen around dusk. 

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