Delamere to Delamere

Chester – Delamere- Chester (North-East) Loop
Can start from Chester station – or Delamere station – ample parking at each.
Distance approximately 35 miles

Delamere Forest

An undulating route, using mostly quiet lanes, B roads and tarmaced towpath. Also uses elements of Cheshire Cycleway, – but as well very short stretches of main roads such as the A51. Route starts at Starts at Chester railway station – but as it is a circular route alternative is to start at Delamere Station. Alternatively you can do a shorter, linear route and take the train from one station to the other and cycle back. At both stations there is ample parking, and somewhere to get a bite to eat and a drink.

Start (from Chester Station).
Leave station and go straight up road leading directly away from station (up City Road). After about 800 metres, you go over the canal – as you go over the wide road bridge, stop and drop down onto the canal side via the set of steps on your left (you have to carry bike) – this drops down right by the entrance to Harker’s pub. Follow the cycle/towpath straight ahead (i.e. the canal is on your left).
Follow the canal path for 3 km all the way to Christleton.

Just by the pub “The Trooper” and before a narrow bridge spanning the canal, leave the canal towpath via a gap in the hedge-line on your right and go over the old ( and very narrow) pack horse bridge.

Join the road “Quarry Lane” on the other side of the bridge and follow this road as it
curves to the Right into Christleton Village. In the centre of the village you hit a 4 way junction – go Straight Ahead down Plough Lane and follow this road for 1.3km until you come to a cross roads – take the Right turn into Brown Heath Road and cycle down into Waverton
After 800 metres you come to a T junction. Turn Left into Guy Lane and follow this out of Waverton, passing Eaton Golf Club on your left. Follow this lane and signs to Duddon (ignoring Martin’s Lane on you right) as it becomes Ryecroft Lane (by Stapleford Farm) and eventually Duddon Hook Lane until you come into Duddon. At Duddon you come to a major cross roads with the busy A51.
Cross A51 and go up Willington Road
Follow Willington Road for about 1km until it comes to a cross roads – go straight ahead into Wood Lane and follow for about 800m until you come to another cross roads. Go Straight Across into Wood Lane and follow this lane east until you reach yet another cross-roads, turn Left (north ) into Utkington Road (signposted Utkington). As you enter Utkington, take the Right turn into Quarry Bank.
Follow Quarry Bank until it bears Right and becomes Heaths Lane, eventually coming out at a T junction at the B5152.
Turn Left onto the B5152 and follow this road, going straight across the cross roads as it bisects the A54 and then the A556 (pub on corner of this cross roads).
Keep along the B5152 until you come to Delamere Railway Station on your Left.
This is an alternative start/finish point and there is a small café located in the station – or alternatively follow the signage from the station down to the Delamere Visitor Centre where you can get refreshments and also information on the forest itself (which has great off road cycle tracks, from beginner to technically challenging).
Continue the route along the B5152 as it passes along the east side of Delamere Forest until you reach the village of Hatchmere. At the cross roads in the village (Chinese restaurant on
the corner), turn Left into Ashton Road (signposted Cheshire Cycleway) and follow this road as it passes through the centre of the forest . As you leave the forest you pass under a railway bridge and drop down to a cross-roads.
Go Straight Ahead down Delamere Lane towards Mouldsworth. As you enter Mouldsworth you come to a T junction. Turn Right into the B5393 (Station Road) and follow through Mouldsworth, over railway line and as you approach the edge of the village, turn Left into Chapel Lane towards the village of Manley.
In centre of Manley, go straight across the cross roads down Manley Lane.
Follow lane out of Manley for about 3km until you come to a Left Turn at Dunham Heath. Turn Left into Norton’s Lane, then immediately Right (going west) until after about 1.6km you come a cross roads with the B5132.
Turn Left onto the B5132 (going south) and follow the road over the railway line, through Little Barrow and Great Barrow until, just after the Stamford Bridge pub on your right, you come to a T junction with the A51.
Turn Right onto the A51 towards Chester (caution!) and after about only 400 metres turn Left into Cotton Lane. Follow Cotton Lane to a T junction, where you turn Right into Plough Lane. Follow Plough Lane all the way into Christleton. At a cross roads in the village, go straight across into Quarry Lane and follow the route you took out of Chester all the way back to Chester Station.

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