Delamere Forest Visitor Centre, Linmere, Delamere, Cheshire, CW8 2JD Parking at the Visitor Centre is Pay and Display. For those travelling by train Delamere Station is 5 minutes ride from the Visitor Centre. For information on train times see National Rail Enquiries. The nearest village is Hatchmere, about 4 miles (6.4km) south east of Frodsham. Head south from Hatchmere to Delamere Station, and there turn right to the Linmere car park. From the south, use the A49 from Tarporley, and then branch left onto the B5152 for Delamere.
This is a 7 mile ride following the Waymarked Trail called the Whitemoor Trail in Delamere Forest. This is a particularly good ride for the Autumn to see the leaves changing from verdant green to golds, ambers and russets! It is fairly flat riding on good forestry tracks. It will be a social ride at a moderate pace. There will be the option to ride up the Old Pale hill at the end or to go straight to the cafe. There is a cafe next door to the Visitor Centre at Linmere, so bring some money for post-ride tea and cake.
You will enjoy this ride more if you have either a hybrid or mountain bike, especially if there is a slash of rain.
Don’t have a bike but would like to join us? Bike Hire is available from Tracs UK at the Linmere Visitor Centre. For more information see their website
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Parking at the Visitor Centre is Pay and Display. Youcan get an annual pass if you visit regularly!
For those travelling by train Delamere Station is 5 minutes ride from the Visitor Centre. For information on train times see National Rail Enquiries
'Take time to have a look at Blakemere Moss, the largest of the peatlands in Delamere Forest Park, covering an area of roughly 82 acres (33ha). Peatlands are unique habitats lying somewhere between open water and dry land. The Moss started out as a water-filled hollow following the last ice age, about 11,000 years ago, created as the glacier, which covered this part of Cheshire, receded. The hollow was later colonised by plants which, as they died, sank to the bottom. However, because of the low levels of oxygen they did not decompose as plants normally do, but gradually built up layers of peat until they completely filled the hollow and created what we see today, a low-lying mire.
The range of wildlife in the forest is exceptional. So, keep an eye open for a hunting fox, or a badger - though you'll be lucky to see either in broad daylight. But grey squirrels are plentiful. At dusk, you may spot noctule bats, darting among the trees. In daytime, see if you can pick out the call of the great tit - it sounds like it is calling 'Teacher, Teacher'. Patience may reward you with the sight of a treecreeper or a nuthatch. From a distance, they seem similar, but treecreepers invariably start at the bottom of trees and work their way up, while nuthatches often seem to hang upside down, and work their way down the tree.'
We will have the option at the end to cycle up to the top of Old Pale and enjoy superb panoramas of the Cheshire countryside or on a clear day views as far away as the Liverpool city skyline.
I look forward to seeing you there!
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