It’s half term, here in parts of Cheshire, a week later for some reason than the rest of the country. I like many have had a ridiculous cough which left me gripping on to my bladder for real during a bout of coughing. Hence not feeling up to much, but with two boys needing to be out and about I had little choice. We are lucky living in the beautiful county of Cheshire with so many green spaces on our doorstep, Delamere Forest being one; a shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain.
Delamere is a place for families to let off steam and find peace in the heart of the forest. We’ve all got our own bikes but have yet to purchase a bike rack for the car, so being able to hire bikes at Delamere Forest from on site bike hire, Tracs, was idea. Tony and his team at Tracs know all there is to now about bikes and more. As well as offering repairs and servicing, bike sales and hire, and a whole raft of events including school and youth groups, stag and hen events, corporate team building; you can see they have a lot going on from their log cabin on site! The bikes are fine-tuned and perfect for the forest paths you cycle on, with wide tyres and responsive brakes, and more gears than I knew what to do with! After Tony’s briefing and choosing to start with the four mile trail we were off. In moments, you are deep in the heart of the forest, being Autumn the carpet of crispy leaves and the trees were full of colour were a lovely site to see. There is always the inevitable bit of competitiveness between my sons and soon we couldn’t see them as they sped off up the trail, with us old codgers bringing up the rear!
I’d not been on a bike for a while so I thought I would struggle to keep up, but the path is gentle, with a few little humps and ridges to get your heart going. The Forestry Commission look after Delamere Forest and they do a great job, we came across a clearing that was kind of spooky and boggy underfoot; all to do with forestry management. We also found the Gruffalo; my 14-year-old secretly loved this! You can push it as much as you dare on your bike or tootle along in tune with the landscape, the choice is yours. Being on a bike means you can explore much further than on foot and get to see more of the forest. It took us about two and a half hours to get around, but that included lots of stops. I think next time we will bring our bikes and book them in with Tony for a service and head off on the 6-mile trail. In the café, we all enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate, with cream AND a flake, for our endeavours. Plus I didn’t cough once!
Explore the forest on two wheels. There are cycling trails for all abilities from relaxing family rides to mountain bike trails and a bike skills area. There are events in the forest all year round to suit everyone, details here – Delamere Forest
Go see Tony and get on your bike and get your heart pumping in one of the most beautiful places in Cheshire, details – Tracs Bike Hire