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Walking - Daresbury Firs

Grade: Moderate Distance: 2km / 1 mile Time: 1 hour Start: Main entrance Keckwick Lane Daresbury Map: ...

This was a commercial plantation – effectively a tree factory – planted over 20 years ago. There had been a woodland at Daresbury in the 19th century, but this had mostly been cut down by 1910. The conifer plantation that we see now was planted in 1978.

The trees on Keckwick Hill behind Daresbury Firs are not part of the plantation. In this more natural woodland, if trees are cut down it is to let in light for wildflowers and young trees to grow, or to make the woodland safer and easier for the public to use.

Despite the name, there are no fir trees in the plantation, just three species of pine: Scots pine, Corsican pine and lodgepole pine from western North America. There are also some broadleaf trees, especially birches, which have seeded themselves.

Daresbury Firs is a good habitat for many creatures, though many are not obvious at first sight. The woodland also provides places for birds to roost in the security of the dense trees throughout the year. Relatively rare species such as goldcrests, coal tits and siskins have been spotted, and even crossbills, from the conifer forests of Scandinavia, occasionally find a winter home-from-home here.

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Enjoy birdsong and the fresh scent of conifers as you walk in peace through this former ‘tree factory’.




2km / 1 mile


1 hour


Main entrance, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury


OS Explorer 275 Liverpool


Steep gradients and unsurfaced paths


One kissing gate, two squeeze gaps and two flights of steps


Category 5 Explain




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