Waterloo Gate and North Delamere Forest Circular

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This walk combines fields and forest, giving a good mix of habitats for plants, animals and fungi. The route passes mosses and meres, rare habitats for which Cheshire and North Shropshire are justly famous. In Delamere, the meres are home to a wide range of insects including some very rare dragonflies.

Early in the walk there are superb views on clear days. Manchester and the Peak District are visible to the east and the Cheshire Plain and the Shropshire Hills to the south.

The wooded section of the walk passes areas where the early 19th Century drainage works by French prisoners-of-war are being reversed to convert low-quality forest land back into meres and mosses. While not as large as the similar area at Blakemere in the south of the forest, these areas show the process at an earlier stage.

There are notes on the history of the area in the 'Additional Information' section.

England - North England - Cheshire - Woodland or Forest


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Wildlife, Woodland

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