Delamere Forest is situated in Cheshire, just ten miles from the historic city of Chester. The 950 hectares of dense green forest, made up of mixed deciduous and evergreen trees, are a haven for walkers, runners and cyclists.
Wistmanâ€™s Wood is a curious place. The stunted oak trees in this small copse are covered with lichens and luminous green mosses, as are the boulders they grow between. It feels like the setting for a fantasy novel; I kept expecting to see Gollum scampering about as we picked our way between the trees.
Bothies lend themselves to adventures. They are perfect for a night in the wilds, the fire a welcome retreat when the stargazing is done. Their isolation is a large part of the attraction for many â€“ a welcome shelter after a dayâ€™s hard walking.