About a 50 minute drive from Manchester City Centre, with numerous woodland walking tracks and stunning scenery, is the beautiful Delamere Forest- a great day trip out and also the home of the Gruffalo!
The 'Gruffalo Spotters Trail' has been a popular attraction here for the last couple of years. The trail itself is roughly around 1.8 miles long and filled with Gruffalo 'checkpoints' that children will need to find along the way, and if you follow all of the clues correctly, you may even run in to the Gruffalo himself!
The trail begins at the Forest Centre.
So although he is no stranger to Delamere Forest, the Gruffalo's comeback this year is bigger and better than ever! Thanks to a new interactive 'Gruffalo Spotters' phone app, littles ones will now be able to interact with some of their favourite Gruffalo characters at each trail checkpoint, just point your phone at the footprint post and they'll appear as if by magic!
Another new feature to the trail this year is the 'Gruffalo Activity pack' that little explorers can purchase for just £3. Each pack contains lots of Gruffalo hunting equipment, such as, an evidence collection bag, 5 fact and activity cards, Gruffalo stickers, a magnifying glass, a ruler and pencil.
Useful Info: Cost: Entry into the Forest and trail are free, however you will need to pay to park at Delamere - £6 for all day or £4 for 3 hours. Pay and display machines accept coins only.
How to get there: Situated approximately 10 miles from the outskirts of Chester and close to the M56. The forest is well sign posted from the A54, A556 and B5152., BY RAIL: Delamere station is situated on the outskirts of the forest and is a 5 minute walk from the Visitor centre.
Make sure to download the Gruffalo Spotter's app before you arrive and head over to the Forestry website for further information.