Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest

Delamere forest is the largest wooded area in Cheshire only a 15 minute drive from Chester.  The woodland, which is managed by the Forestry Commission, covers an area of 972 hectares making it the largest area of woodland in the county.  Go Ape Delamere is located within the forest.

It is a place for families to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest.

Delamere Forest Walks

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

  • Linmere Trail (green markers) – start at Delamere forest centre – green waymarkers – 1.7miles – 0.5 hours – easy
  • Blakemere Trail (red markers) – start at Delamere forest centre – red waymarkers – 2.7 miles – 1.25 hours – easy
  • Easy Access Trail- start at Barnsbridge car park- part of red trail –  surfaced path leading down to the serene landscape of Blakemere.
  • Old Pale Trail- (orange markers)-starts at Delamere forest centre- -(1.9miles)-1.5hours-Easy

Visitor Centre

Forestry England and construction firm Willmott Dixon have finished on schedule, the redevelopment of the brand-new Visitor Centre and facilities for the 750,000 visitors that visit the forest every year.

The £9 million redevelopment project, the largest ever commissioned by Forestry England, has seen new access roads and improved car parking for 500 cars, a large eco-friendly timber framed visitor welcome building, new café, bike hire and toilets including accessible facilities.

When coronavirus (COVID-19) arrived, and as the UK government introduced more stringent measures to reduce the spread in March, prompt action was needed by Willmott Dixon to ensure the summer 2020 project continued and completed on time

The recreation team at Delamere Forest have now formally taken hand over of the new building and as they settle in and get to grips with the running of this, more and more facilities have become available including the bike hire, café and toilets.

The new car park and ANPR has been up and running for over a month and early figures show how popular it has been. The team are finding this new way of working a benefit to site and easier to manage so we are hoping that they will settle in to operating the new building just as quickly.

Delamere Forest Bike Hire

Cycle hire is available from TRACS (UK) situated just on the left-handside of the forest centre car park. TRACS (UK) offers a good range of child and adult bike to hire.  The well-stocked shop has a wide range of spares and accessories and they also provide bike repair service and mountain bike training courses.  For more information visit their website.

Opening hours 10am-5pm.

Delamere Forest Cafe

Delamere Cafe is at the Forestry Commission Visitor Centre in Delamere Forest, Cheshire. Serving a wide range of freshly made hot and cold food and drinks from the finest ingredients. They use locally sourced produce and their coffee is roasted on the Wirral.  Still hungry then look at our guide to Restaurants In Chester.

Delamere Forest Events

Beginner Navigation Course

This course held in Delamere Forest, is the perfect introduction to the art of navigation. You will gain an introduction to the skills you need to successfully plan and follow walks of your own devising. The course is practical and features time inside and outside to practise and gain advice and encouragement from our experienced instructors.

Delamere Santa Dash

Come and walk, jog or run this 5km fun run dressed as Santa Claus. Join 100’s of others in this festive run in Delamere Forest.

Delamere Zombie Run
A 5km loop around Delamere Forest with zombies chasing runners. Suitable for all the family and adult indivduals

Forest Fitmamas N Babas

Puddle Ducks meets Delamere Outdoor Fitness for a post natal specific afternoon of activities.

Motherhood : A Walk Like No Other

This walk is an extension of this simple natural way of bonding. We take our slings into Delamere forest, giving us the perfect physical space to explore our bond, breath and connection with our babies, our environment and above all our inner space.

The Hunting Of The Snark

Burn the Curtain presents this theatrical adventure for the whole family in Delamere Forest.

Parking & Prices

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

Forest Centre Car Park – adjacent to the toilets, picnic area, learning centre, cycle hire and café. It has designated spaces for visitors with disabilities and is close to the start point for all the trails.

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 including bike hire, cafe, toilets and picnic area.  It is also the Go Ape customer car park.

Old Pale Car Park is a short way beyond Forest Centre car Park and a 2 minute walk from the visitor facilities. It is close to the start point for all the trails.

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. On peak weekends there may also be catering available.

Forest Centre Car Park
Up to 1 hour£2.00
Up to 3 hours£4.00
All day£6.00
Treetops Car Park
Up to 1 hour£2.00
Up to 3 hours£4.00
All day£6.00
Old Pale Car Park
Up to 1 hour£2.00
Up to 3 hours£4.00
All day£6.00
Whitefield Car Park
Up to 1 hour£1.00
Up to 3 hours£3.00
All day£4.00

Forest Centre Car Park, Treetops Car Park and Old Pale Car Park:

Minibus – £6.00
Coaches – £10.00

Other vehicles:

Motorbikes – £2.00
Horseboxes – £10.00
Cars & trailers – £6.00

Whitefield Car Park:

Minibus – £4.00
Coaches – £5.00

Other vehicles:

Motorbikes – £1.00
Horseboxes – £5.00
Cars & trailers – £4.00

Facilities & Access

  • Assistant Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Cycle Hire
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Play Area
  • Toilets

Opening Times

Summer time: 8am-8pm weekdays and 8am-8pm weekends
Winter time: 8am-5pm weekdays and 8am-5pm weekends

Contact Information

Telephone Number – 0300 067 4340
Email – delamere@­

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Delamere Forest Open?

Delamere Forest is open Monday to Sunday from 8am to 7pm

Are Delamere Forest toilets open?

Delamere Forest toilets are open in the brand new Visitor Centre

How big is Delamere Forest?

The Forest is 2,400 acres big

Does Delamere Forest have toilets?

Delamere Forest have toilets in their brand new visitor centre

Who owns Delamere Forest?

The Forest is owned by the Forestry Commision

Where is Delamere Forest?

Delamere Forest is in the village of Delamere in Cheshire. Approx 15 minute drive from Chester


Delamere Forest, Delamere, Tarporley, Cheshire, Postcode CW8 2JD


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