The other day I was sorting through some photos and I came across these unusual views that I thought worthy of a comment. The pictures could be of a scene in the Everglades or some equally exotic location but they are in fact from Delamere Forest just a few miles from where I grew up. The forest – which is managed by the Forestry Commission – contains two main lakes or meres – Hatchmere and the larger Blakemere Moss which is pictured here from the 2 mile walking trail that circles it.
The Forest is surrounded by the Cheshire countryside with the villages of Delamere, Hatchmere and Norley being close by. The easiest access is from the A556 Northwich to Chester Road or by train to Delamere Station. Walkers will find a good choice of forest trails to follow and as with most Forestry Commission sites, excellent maps are avilable from the visitor centre. There is an easy but enjoyable circular bike trail of 8 miles through the forest which is suitable for families or alternatively you may follow the Sandstone Trail over the hilltop known as the Old Pale from where there are far reaching views to the mountains of Wales and the Mersey Estuary. Goes to show you don’t always have to go a long way to find the unusual.