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Cheshire West and Chester


Cheshire West and Chester is the most rural local authority area within The Mersey Forest. It includes the long-established and popular Delamere Forest – the largest wooded area within Cheshire – but also newer woodlands that are helping to regenerate former industrial areas.

The Mersey Forest focuses on the northern part of Cheshire West and Chester, as this is where most people live.


Where can I visit?

Northwich Woodlands is made up of nine countryside sites each with a different character, including the historic Marbury Park and the tranquil waterside Witton Mill Meadow. Stroll along The Weaver Navigation, the Trent and Mersey Canal and visit attractions such as the Anderton Boat Lift and Lion Salt Works. .


Delamere Forest is made up of over 950 hectares of forest, grassland and wetlands. Blakemere Moss is fantastic for birdwatching, and there are miles and miles of footpaths, cycleways and attractions like Go Ape! and Forest Segway.


Marshall's Arm is a loop of the old River Weaver, cut off when the river was straightened into the Weaver Navigation to boost the growing salt trade. Today, the open water and wetlands teem with life, especially when the birds are nesting and fish are spawning.


See more woodlands and walks in this area


What's been happening recently?

We're part of the Saltscape initiative – working to showcase and conserve Cheshire's rich salt-mining history. You can now walk the new Saltscape Trail. Over in Northwich, we've recently developed a green infrastructure plan for the town, and in Chester, Nature4Health sessions take place regularly in the Countess of Chester Country Park.


Read all the latest news about our work in Cheshire West and Chester.


What are the plans for the future?

View The Mersey Forest Plan summary for this area.


What can I do to help locally?

In Cheshire West and Cheshire, The Mersey Forest works with a number of Friends of the woodland groups who are always keen to welcome new faces to help care for local woodlands:


Northwich - Friends of Anderton and Marbury
Weaverham - Friends of Owley Wood
Whitegate - Church Wood Conservation Group
Hartford - Marshall's Arm Management Group


Contact us for more details.


You can also get involved by renting a wood allotment. It's sociable, great exercise and a supreme stress-buster, as well as giving you a supply of locally-sourced firewood.


Become a supporter of The Mersey Forest

A great way to help us prove that people value their local woodlands is to add your name to our list of supporters. You can also receive news, events and goodies with our optional e-newsletter.






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