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Delamere Forest, Cheshire
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Delamere Forest is a well known venue for Mountain Bikers in the North West of England and especially those living within the Merseyside, Manchester and Greater Manchester areas. Also for those around Chester and east Wales or as far south as Crewe it is an available trail to reach.

Delamere station is situated on the outskirts of the forest and is a 5 minute walk from the Visitor centre...called Linmere Visitors Centre. It houses an enjoyable Café with an old world interior and an outside seating provision. There is also a reasonable car park there. The specially marked footpaths and cycle trails are carefully planned to guide visitors around this diverse forest.

The Linmere Visitors Centre, at Delamere, houses a relaxing cafe, shop, and the fantastic Shell Forest Classroom. Again there is provision to eat in or outside under an elaborate wooden canopy or at the ubiquitous tables and benches.

There is plenty of parking and an exciting programme of "Whats On" events.

There are toilets here too and not far away,
a bike washing facility.

Of course there is the parking charge of £2 per vehicle, something we disapprove of when it is Forestry Commission land, but it is becoming the norm.

It has to be emphasised that the official trails are principally fire road but many Off-road riders have, for a number of years, created endless miles of unofficial trails.

The fast forest single tracks start from close to the visitor centre and traverse almost all of the forest. The main B5152 road separates the forest into two sections and it is well worth trying the other side for some awesome short technical descents as well as fast flowing single track descents with short steep climbs.






The Forestry Commission have actually allocated a dedicated Bike Skills Area in part of the forest and this is again certainly worth going to, especialy if you're into extreme riding.

As you ride along the numerous fire roads you are constantly distracted by seemingly endless paths leading off the main drag and inviting you to explore hidden trails. A guide map for the forest, which is available from the Visitor Centre, can also be used to follow the waymarked cycle trails or to create your own routes through the forest.

There are 2 waymarked trails...

1. Hunger Hill Trail - start at Delamere Visitor Centre - blue waymarkers - 4 miles - 0.5 hour - easy

2. Whitemoor Trail - start at Delamere Visitor Centre - white waymarkers - 7 miles - 1 hour - easy


The forest tends to give more of a fragmented ride, with plenty of areas to practice skills, rather than a continuous trail. However for those who ride there regularly, Im confident that many continuous miles of riding are possible the more familiar the rider becomes.

Created recently are a few "North Shore" areas of raised wooden rideways, some of which are there to give access from one section to another and certainly one of which is there for you to practice your bike skills. And this later one is a good skills tester in the wet and at speed.

We have certainly found that no matter how many times you visit Delamere you'll always come across something new, be it an unexplored track leading into the forest to a drop off or decent that you fancy having a crack at.

Remember when riding away from the designated trails to respect the forest and walkers alike.

In conclusion, we recommend Delamere Forest as a great place to practice your technical skills and combined with some great challenging tracks that lead through the forest, there's something for everyone.


The Bike Skills areas have to be seen to be believed and are not for the faint hearted. The man made jumps are extreme to say the least and Ive yet to see anyone actually use them on the many trips to the place.

INFORMATION

CAFE TIP :
Check out the Cyclist Friendly Station café at the entrance to the access and at the (believe it or not) station. There is a fair selection of hot and home made food served most of the day, personally we recommend the All Day Breakfast.

Click for Multimap Location Travelling: Delamere Forest Park is a compact area with a wide range of scenery, which lies within the Mersey Forest.

Situated approximately 10 miles from the outskirts of Chester and close to the M56. The forest park is well sign posted from the A54, A556 and B5152.

Delamere station is situated on the outskirts of the forest and is a 5 minute walk from the Visitor centre.

The specially marked footpaths and cycle trails are carefully planned to guide visitors around this diverse forest.

The Visitor Centre houses a relaxing cafe, shop, and the fantastic Shell Forest Classroom.

There is plenty of parking and an exiting programme of "Whats On" events. In the winter months the cafe has a real fire which compliments perfectly that post ride brew and chat.


"Extreme" Bike Skills Area



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ACCOMODATION

Nearby Frodsham villiage offers numerous places to stay including bed and breakfasts.
Alternatively nearby Chester has everything you'll need in the way of accomodation from Hotels to Travel L
odges to B & Bs.

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TIME NEEDED

You could spend all day here and probably will if you loose your bearings which is easy to do as many of the fire roads and trails look very similar.

CYCLE HIRE is available at Delamere Forest Park Visitor Centre, every weekend and Thursday to Sunday every school holiday. Group hire and cycle skills coaching is also available. For details or advance booking please contact WirralTracs on 07717 886832