Early April and it’s beginning to feel like Spring, the warmer weather is on the way! It seems a lot of people had the same idea as me and headed to the main car park in Delamere Forest. Luckily, it doesn’t take long to leave the crowds behind.
I left the car park, passing the cafe and Go Ape, towards the lake at Blakemere Moss, going around around it in a clockwise direction.
At the end of the lake I continued West following the Delamere Way, an easy to follow path but very muddy in places!
Where the path reaches the road, I took the road to the left, passing under the railway and turning left at the road junction near Brine’s Brow. As the road bends round to the left, the Eddisbury Way path continues straight on.
Passing through treelined farmers fields, the route pops out onto another road which I took South for a short distance. The path leaves the road to the left passing Dodd’s Rough and fields full of crops.
At the bottom end of the final field is the A54. Care is needed as this dual carriage must be crossed to reach the footpath to Kelsall Hall opposite. Luckily there is a small space to wait in the middle of the road.
A path leads to Broom’s Lane, keep an eye out here for eggs. I paid £1 (put in to the honesty box) for 6 very tasty eggs. The location is marked on the downloadable route.
In the village, take a right on to Broom’s Lane, a left on Dutton’s Lane then a right at the end on to Old Coach Road. Head towards the Lord Binning pub on Chester Road, passing through the pub car park towards a children’s play ground. Cross Flat Lane then follow the signs for the Edisbury Way, heading south to Willington Road.
When reaching Willington Road, turn left and follow it, leaving the Eddisbury Way.
Unfortunately, this route follows the road for some distance passing through a village, fortunately it’s a quiet route and the village itself is worth a visit.
Go straight across at the first road junction the, shortly after passing the fruit farmshop take the road to the right, the footpath is on the left near Summertrees.
The route now follows the Sandstone Trail through Urchins Kitchen. Ignore any signs to ‘Delamere’, the signs you’ll need are to the Sandstone Trail towards Delamere Forest’
Take care crossing the A54 again, passing the lodge and continue North before taking a right at Eddisbury Lodge. This leads back to the car park at Delamere Forest.