Mia and Hugo have been on holiday! We have been visiting a friend in Warrington, and so have been able to visit some new locations. This week, we visited Delamere Forest, a beautiful woods in Northwich, Cheshire.
Location: Delamere Forest, Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD
The forest is open at 8am to 8pm in the Summer and 8am-5pm in the Winter. There is a convenient car park at the beginning of the trails. The car park costs £2 for 1 hour, £4 for 3 hours and £6 all day, you will need the change handy as there are no cash points nearby. There is also a cafe but unfortunately we finished too late to visit it (in the Summer it is open 9am-5pm and in the Winter it closes sightly earlier at 4pm).
There are 4 different trails mapped out, marked by various colours. The trails vary by ease and length. For the Linmere trail, follow the green markers, it should take approximately 30 minutes and is 1.7 miles long. For the Blakemere Trail, follow the red markers, it takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and is 2.7 miles long. There is also an easy access trail (starts at Barnsbridge car park) and for the Gruffalo Orienteering trail, look for the Gruffalo!
We followed the Blakemere trail, taking extra time for me to photograph the dogs. There is beautiful woodland with a few areas of water, including Lake Blakemere. The landscape is stunning and the trail is pretty easy to follow (although we did get lost at the end, our own fault entirely!). We tried to avoid the dogs drinking any of the water as it looked stagnant. The dogs particularly enjoyed retrieving the tennis ball from the thick brambles as well as the many scents they followed. By the time we got home, the dogs were very tired and slept for that evening and most of the next day!
To summarise, if you and your dog enjoy long walks through woodland, this is an ideal day out for you! We would highly recommend Delamere Forest.
- Bring change for the car park
- Wear appropriate footwear, walking boots/wellies and maybe trainers in the Summer. Depending on the foot path you opt for, the walks are quite long so comfortable footwear is a must!
- Bring water for you and the dogs; the water in the Forest did not look clean enough for the dogs to drink, so it would be a good idea to bring a water bottle to provide clean water for your dog.
- A picnic; there is a cafe at the end but the location is ideal for picnics. Make sure that you bring a bag for your rubbish, as there are only bins at the beginning/end.
- If you are a keen cyclist, the park has cycling trails, why not bring your bike and your dog?
- Is your dog good with horses? Horse riders also use the trail, so please ensure that you can have your dog under control as a horse passes.
- There is also occasional livestock in fields nearby (we passed a field with cows in) so be vigilant of your dog’s behaviour around them.
- WARNING there are no poo bins around the trail, only at the beginning/end!
- Be careful near the train tracks, they are not completely fenced in
- The dogs got very muddy so possibly have some towels in the car
- There are segways going through the woods so just be mindful
- The views are stunning, cameras/phones at the ready
- There are resting spots a long the way, complete with Benches
- If you visit, I’d love to know your opinion and see your photos!
For more information about Delamere Forest, please click here.