Last weekend (when there was still a spot of sunshine around) we went to Delamere Forest in Cheshire for the day.
Delamere is one of our favourite spots and an absolute adventure for children (and adults!). It’s Cheshire’s largest area of woodland (2,400 acres) and the opportunities for pretend play for my 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old are fab, whether it’s spider-hunting or pretending one of the many makeshift dens is the Princess Castle du jour.
The Forest is near Frodsham, not far from the M56. We usually park up and choose one of the many trails to follow (there are also lots of biking trails if you’re cyclists) and just set off and enjoy the surroundings. If you’re a keen walker or hiker, you can also follow one of the harder trails as they range from easy to, erm ultra hard? (not for us, just yet!).
The Forest is a haven for wildlife, including different butterflies, the greater spotted woodpecker, siskin and southern hawker dragonfly (my 4 1/2 year old thinks she spotted one of these…she was quicker than me!). But mine love simply pulling up a stone and seeing the many woodlice and worms underneath!
There’s a great visitor centre with a cafe (including obligatory ice cream) and even a BBQ on many weekends. Our trail this weekend took led us here after just over 1k which was just right for 2 1/2 year old’s little walking legs (no prams here!). After refueling, we gently made our way back.
There’s still so much we haven’t discovered about Delamere – lots of children’s holiday activities, a Gruffalo Trail (we’ve previously completed this – it was fun!), Go Ape! (scary climbing stuff!), Active Forest Taster days and horse riding activities. It’s a gem for the north west – I really recommend trying it out (weather permitting!) as part of getting your children active this summer.