Delamere Forest is situated in the Cheshire countyside not far from the ancient Roman city of Chester. Whilst Delamere may not have the gradients and swooping trails of other MTB specific forests like Coed y Brenin or Betws y Coed, it offers some good riding and a "bike skills" area. The forest is very much geared up for the family and many trails are family friendly. There is a good visitors centre and places to get a drink. Here is Mtbbritain's take on Delamere.
There are numerous options at Delamere. You can start at the visitors centre which is down the road by the railway station. Here there is parking and access to all the trails which vary from the usual wide forest trails to sections which link these together. The link sections have not been built but rather just "happened" as riders have used them.
Delamere is very much have a go and see what is there. The "bike skills" area is well worth a visit especially on a dry day. This can be accessed from the road through the forest from Hatchmere to Hunger Hill. Parking is along this road and the area is due north or on the right as you leave Hatchmere. Head out on the main forest track and it is situated in the corner of the forest SJ 53504 72214. Here there are big jumps, little jumps, a 4 X and numerous trails through the woods. There is loads to do and experiement with here, that writing a prescribed trail would be rather limiting and boring. It really is a fun play forest.
From Manchester pick up the M56 and leave at junction 12 for Frodsham. As you drive into Frodsham take the B5152 left towards Commonside and then to Hatchmere about 4.5 miles. At Hatchmere turn right and park along here. Access to the forest is on either side of the road. The visitors centre being on the left and "bike skills" area on the right. Alternatively you can park at the visitors centre itself by going straight on at Hatchmere and turning right about a mile further on at the railway station. This tends to get very busy especially at weekends.
When to Bike
Biking is year round but much more fun when drier in the summer months. It tends to get very heavy going in the loamy forest soil during the winter when you get off the main fire roads. This is a helful website Delamere Forest