Delamere Forest - Hatchmere – Blakemere Circular

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Delamere Forest - Flaxmere – Hatchmere – Blakemere Circular

Delamere Forest is a popular area for visitors, but even starting from one of the main car parks you can soon leave the crowds. This walk takes you past three meres (lakes), one of which (Flaxmere) is so far through its natural development that there is rarely any water visible. The walk takes you out of the forest and across farmland with views towards the forest. You return to the forest past Hatchmere, a lake that is not as far through its natural evolution as Flaxmere. Beyond Hatchmere you may be able to see the remains of the drainage works begun by prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars.

Towards the end of the walk you pass Blakemere. This was wet and unproductive forest until the mid-1990s. At that stage it was realised that the cost of harvesting made it uneconomic, so it has been gradually allowed to return to being a mere. There are usually plenty of water birds to see on Blakemere, whilst Hatchmere is home to some unusual plants and insects. For information on the wildlife of Hatchmere, see Hatchmere is also popular with wild swimmers, one of whom sadly drowned in 2009.

England - North England - Cheshire - Woodland or Forest


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Lake/Loch, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland
6/5/2012 - Ann-Marie Entwistle

This was a very pleasant walk, which we all enjoyed.

4/19/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Philip Ingram for his update and new photo for this walk. April 2011. Adrian (Admin)

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