START: Leave Delamere Forest Club Site via a kissing gate is between pitches 12 and 13.
Go left and walk down the edge of the site following the path with a fence and railway line on the left and descend down in the forest. Continue on the path past the Go Ape facility and join a good forest track.
Passing the Go Ape course in the forest
Go left on the track passing a gate to pick up a large forest track near some houses and go left on it. Cross a railway bridge and go right to follow the path to a car park. Continue through it to the café and visitor centre. Go left of the Visitor Centre and follow the path by the road past a cream-coloured house on the right.
Delamere Forest visitor centre and café
Just before the Outdoor Fitness Building, go left over the road to take a track left of a car park. Pass the car park and continue on the track to reach a junction. Go left here, and continue on the left fork at the next junction. Follow the track along the the edge of the forest to reach a junction by a post with the number 10 on it.
2. Go right at the junction, heading up into the forest. At the next junction of tracks go right and climb steeply up the wooded hillside. Continue upwards as the slope eases to pass through a hedge gap and bear right in more open ground.
Climbing in the forest
Continue ahead when the fences end to reach the standing stones and summit marker stone on Old Pale.
At the summit of Old Pale
3. Head south taking the track to the right of the summit masts. When the path forks take the right fork downhill. Descend and go over a crossroad. Keep ahead on The Sandstone Trail and pass through a hedge gap.
Continue following the high level path and soon descend more steeply to pass through another hedge gap and bear right. Go past a sign for Old Pale Woodland and reach a junction by a sign for the Alternative Sandstone Trail. Go right here, continuing on the track through the forest to exit it by a Sandstone Trail sign through a kissing gate.
View over the forest from the summit of Old Pale
Take the descending track ahead between fences and drop down past Edisbury Lodge Cottage on the right. Continue past farm buildings until you reach a crossroad of tracks facing the entrance to Eddisbury Lodge.
4. Go left on The Sandstone Trail, following signs for Barnsbridge Gates, then go right on the same trail, again heading towards Barnsbridge Gates. Descend a narrow path and go ahead at a junction staying on The Sandstone Trail. You will cross a railway bridge and some picnic benches. Go striaght ahead at a crossroad by a bike track trail sign, then leave the Sandstone Trail right at the next junction. Follow red arrows on marker posts to descend the path/track. When it forks stay right towards picnic benches and descend to a track and large signpost.
Typical Delamere Forest walking on good tracks
Now go left rising gently on the good track. At the next junction, where the red route leaves left, stay ahead passing a bench with the lake of Blakemere Moss on your right. At the next junction bear right past a small section of fence to go right of houses and re-join the red route. Continue to bear right around the head of Blakemere Moss to reach a barrier left at Hardmans Gate.
Information board at Blakemere Moss
5. Go ahead keeping Blakemere Moss on your right and walk across the head of the lake. At the next junction (with a barrier and Delamere sign) go right, following signs for Visitor Centre Avoiding Rope Course and continue on the red route. At the next junction leave the red route and the lake and go left to continue past and through the Go Ape facility. When the track splits go left picking up your outbound route.
Walking near Blakemere Moss
Follow your outbound route alongside the railway line to re-enter Delamere Forest Club Site via the kissing gate.
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