Julia Donaldson Zog Trail at Delamere Forest

New for 2023 at Delamere Forest is the Julia Donaldson Zog trail. The Zog trail is based on the popular Julia Donaldson children’s picture book Zog. We have done a few of the Julia Donaldson trails at Delamere over the years and they are very popular and lots of fun. 

zog trail board

What To Expect At The Zog Trail, Delamere Forest, CW8 2HZ
The first thing to point out is that the Zog trail is a completely different route to previous trails. If you have done the Gruffalo trail and the Superworm trail then you may be pleased to know this trail takes you in the opposite direction. Starting at the new and revamped Delamere Cafe and Visitor Centre the trail takes you on a path through the car park and up through the forest. 

There is a trail pack to purchase from the visitor centre for £4. You do not need to purchase the pack to enjoy the trail however it does contain a craft bag to colour in, dragon wings to decorate and wear, Zog glasses, stickers, trail leaflet, pencil and crayon.  

zog trail board

Once you are on the trail there are opportunities for you to interact with the activity boards. Here you have to do mini challenges such as flap your wings like a bird, or talk about what you smell. Here you can then use the golden star stickers every time you do the activity. You can also use your Zog glasses to find a hidden word on each board then rearrange the letters to spell out a word!

boy wearing glasses

Along the trail there are many opportunities for you to go off the beaten track and explore the woods. There are lots of open spaces with logs to walk across, bugs to find and dens to be made. 

The trail takes approximately 40 to 60 minutes however this will depend on how fast or slow you take it. If you head into the woods, enjoy a picnic and do the activities it could easily fill 2-3 hours. 

zog trail activity board

zog trail activity board

Whilst there is no cost for the Zog Trail, Delamere Forest is part of Forestry England and therefore there are car parking charges applicable. There are a few car parks around the forest however the purpose built car park next to the visitor centre and cafe is huge and I would recommend it.

The new visitor centre and cafe was built during 2020 and is a huge improvement on the old centre. There is a huge toilet block, cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and visitor centre. There is a wide range of hot and cold meals, snacks, cakes and ice cream. 

You can also access a range of walking trails close to the visitor centre. If you fancy heading up in to the trees you can also visit the Go Ape Tree top Challenge

zog trail activity board

We have visited Delamere Forest many times over the years and it was once home to the Gruffalo Trail and The Gruffalo Orienteering Trail. However the Gruffalo statue is now in need of repair and restoration due to weather damage and wear and tear. The Gruffalo statue has now been removed and I do hope it will return one day.

You can join in with the Zog trail at the following

Alice Holt
Bedgebury Pinetum
Cannock Chase
Cardinham Woods
Dalby Forest
Delamere Forest
Fineshade Wood
Gisburn Forest
Grizedale Forest
Guisborough Forest
Haldon Forest Park
Hamsterley Forest
Haughmond Hill
Hicks Lodge
High Lodge
Kielder Forest
Moors Valley Country Park
Salcey Forest
Sherwood Pines
Thames Chase
Wendover Woods
Westonbirt Arboretum
Whinlatter Forset

You can find out more information about the trails here.

zog trail activity board

Have you visited any of the Julia Donaldson trails? Let us know.



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