Today we visit Cheshire's largest woodland, Delamere Forest. The forest is located between Northwich and Chester and is signposted off the A556 road. For a map of the area click here. The weather was sunshine and showers with a temperature of about 10˚C.
|We start our walk from the Visitor Cente at Linmere. There are various trails starting from this point, marked out for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. We follow the 'red' route, a circular walk of 2.7 miles in length. The walk is mostly flat but uneven in parts and muddy after recent rainfall.|
|Left photo above shows Blakemere Moss, the Forestry Commission's largest wetland reclamation site. The area was drained and planted with trees between 1793-1815 to provide timber for shipbuilding. Now the Forestry Commission has cut down the trees and is allowing the area to re-flood naturally.|
|The forest is 1,483 acres in size and attracts 500,000 visitors each year. It was a very busy place today as the forest hosted the British Schools Orienteering Championships 2003.|