Delamere Forest Mountain Bike Trails

Delamere Forest Mountain Bike Trails

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Delamere forest
Directions
Situated approximately 10 miles from the outskirts of Chester and close to the M56. The forest park is well sign posted from the A54, A556 and B5152..
Delamere station is situated on the outskirts of the forest and is a 5 minute walk from the Visitor centre.
Sat Nav Co-ordinates
SJ546712

Delamere Forest mountain bike trail centre and the No Brains bike park are situated in Cheshire, England. The centre is best known for it's bike park for jumps and thrills rather than the xc trails which are also here.

Word on the street is this this needs some decent signage and maintenance.

There is a cycle skills bike park and a 12km xc trail.

No Brains bike park

  • This consists of downhill tracks, dual tracks, 4x, dirt jumps jumps, tables tops and doubles.

XC trail:

  • This is a 12km route which is a loop made up of mainly forest track 

Two family cycle trails

  • Hunger Hill Trail - start at Delamere Information Centre - blue waymarkers - 4 miles - 0.5 hour - easy
  • Whitemoor Trail - start at Delamere Information Centre - white waymarkers - 7 miles - 1 hour - easy

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  • Interestingly Delamere Forest means "Forest of the Lakes". I've not been but guessing there is a lake!

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Overall rating 
 
2.7
Grin Factor 
 
2.5  (5)
Trail Variety 
 
2.7  (5)
Skills Development 
 
2.8  (5)
Trail Quality  
 
2.4  (5)
Facilities 
 
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Delamere forest trails
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
2.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

I will be going back as mentioned before but this place needs more markers in place as I found myself blasting down dirt trails to be confronted with dead ends or trails not passable due to tree felling hence having to go back on my journey. Did enjoy going up to the old pale opposite the cafe/car park which takes you to the transmitter mast and with some great views which is worth the hard work biking it up there. While i was out I just said to myself get lost and follow any trail and see what happens which i did but this place needs more markers to guide us on the way but this may be due to my lack of knowledge of the trails so i stand to be corrected. One point I will mention is you can park on ashton rd at the back end of the forest for free then bike it to the trails and not have to worry about the car park closing while you are out having fun.

User Review

Good Points
Easy to find with lots of facilities like cafe, bike shop and toilets etc but parking is at a cost.
Bad Points
To be fair it's my first time on a bike at delamere and I will be going again but i felt let down by the lack of marker signs helping me on my way. After 5 mins i found myself following a fellow mtb rider as he looked like a regular to the trails which helped me gain some knowledge and direction. I agree with other comments on here as it feels more geared up towards the walkers than bikers.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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hdden gems
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
2.5

great for a quick spin or practice your skills or just link it all together for a good enduro ride. takes a few recce missions though.

User Review

Good Points
if you take the time to get to know the forest then you can put together a decent ride.
Bad Points
the trails need riding more to keep in a decent condition.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Disappointing
Overall rating 
 
1.3
Grin Factor 
 
1.0
Trail Variety 
 
1.5
Skills Development 
 
1.0
Trail Quality  
 
0.5
Facilities 
 
3.0

The place seems to be going out of its way to remove its more advanced mountain biking features and confine cyclists to fire roads. There are far better bike parks available that give more bang per buck.

User Review

Good Points
Short loop, ideal for beginners or family rides.
Bad Points
£6 for all day parking, none of which seems go towards trail building.
As a seasoned mountain biker the trails were very disappointing. The "No Brains" bike park should be renamed to "No Features" as all the best features have been bulldozed by the forestry commission. The features that still remain are unmarked and unofficial tracks built by locals. All tracks that could be found were relatively short 30 second blasts.

The 4X track could be good however this has been closed and has had trees felled across it in multiple places to ensure no fun can be had.
Would you recommend?
No
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Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.5

A narrow and sketchy gully is the main entrance to the jumps, and when I say narrow I mean my 740mm bars were scraping the sides! After brushing up on some skills on a small jump we found something bigger, dropped the seatpost, put on some pads and hit it! A few feet of air at the start, but after a bit of practice and a faster entry speed the Cagua and James were nailing it pretty hard! - See more at: http://www.globalbike.co.uk/blog/no-brains-bike-park-delamere/#sthash.AmooLTrm.dpuf

User Review

Good Points
The drop in is awesome
Bad Points
None. A great day out.
Would you recommend?
Yes
GB
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Delamare forest
(Updated: December 10, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

Delamare is a strange place,you either love it or hate it.
There are two way-marked family trails that are a good starting point for any newcomers to the forest and are well surfaced and have good route markings.
Once you have gained your bearings its best to just head off and explore,pretty much any track you see can be ridden and given the forests compact nature you can't really get lost.
Trails can become very muddy in the winter but that all adds to the fun.
Best option and what I've always done is hook up with the local bike shop evening rides (Thursday eve from the shop) and they will take you on all the 'hidden' trails.

User Review

Good Points
Lots of unmarked trails
Good cafe ,bike shop and lots of parking
Good for beginners due to lack of climbing and limited technical features on the official trails.
Bad Points
gets very busy at weekends
Would you recommend?
Yes
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