Old Pale Hill and Delamere Forest

EASY 9 reviews

Old Pale Hill and Delamere Forest is a 8.2 kilometer loop trail located near Delamere, Cheshire, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Distance: 8.2 km Elevation Gain: 186 m Route Type: Loop


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A circular walk from Delamere rail station in Cheshire. The walk climbs to the summit of Old Pale Hill where you will be rewarded with views across seven counties, before descending to enjoy the magical Delamere Forest, the largest woodland in Cheshire. Delamere means '€˜Forest of the Lakes' and within the woodland you will visit a rare quaking bog called Black Lake, as well as the forest centrepiece, Blakemere Moss. This unusual lake is around 1km long and was restored as a wetland in 1998. With its boggy and densely-wooded banks that allow seclusion from human activity, it is a true haven for birds and other wildlife. The walk follows generally well-made and firm paths and tracks, with only a few short sections that are prone to becoming very muddy after periods of rain. The walk begins with a 100-metre climb to the top of Old Pale Hill, although the ascent path is a firm stone track and winds its way up to allow a relatively simple climb. The remainder of the route includes only gentle gradients. There are no stiles or gates on route and you will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. There are a couple of narrow and uneven stretches of path and you will need to negotiate a couple of gaps alongside vehicle barriers. Dogs are welcome in the forest, in fact you are likely to bump into lots of other dog walkers especially on the final stretch. Allow 2.5 hours.

Very nice and easy. Not moderate.

2 months ago

Enjoyed the walk which contains one large hill and some great views. Some of this route in Delamere forest is very busy so if you're looking for a quiet Sunday walk this is not the one for you. Lots of opportunities to shorten or lengthen the route if you wanted.

3 months ago

It’s a nice walk but the waypoints aren’t the clearest. I’d start clear of the bog that it leads you off too before going over the bridge, it’s not safe at all and more or less inaccessible. Just keep going over the bridge and you’re still on the right path.

11 months ago

lovely walk and nice cuppa and cake at the end

Wed Sep 12 2018

Great walk for less fit members of the family

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2 months ago

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