346 Blakemere

With rivers bursting their banks and houses under water after a very wet November, choosing to flood Delamere Forest might seem a little perverse. But the experts are only recreating the ancient wetland of Blakemere Moss. Originally drained during the Napoleonic Wars by French prisoners, the area is once again a lake. Re-establishing the sphagnum moss will take a little longer, but if you pop back in a couple of hundred years it should be nice and boggy by then!

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LOCATION: Delamere Forest, six miles west of Northwich
START: Forest Visitor Centre off B5152 beyond Delamere Station, pay & display car park, toilets
Grid ref: SJ557710 Postcode: WA6 6NS
DISTANCE: 4 miles
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Explorer - Northwich & Delamere Forest Landranger 117
REFRESHMENTS: Delamere Forest Inn, Visitor Centre cafe
EN ROUTE: Delamere Way, Hatchmere

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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