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Rivacre Country Park

RegionNorth West
ClubDeeside Orienteering Club
Nearest townEllesmere Port
PostcodeCH66 1SS
Carpark locationThe car park is on Rivacre Road, close to junction 7 of the M53. It is locked at 5pm but there is limited alternative parking just outside the main car park.

Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve is a green oasis of woodland and meadows close to Ellesmere Port.

Spring, in particular, is a lovely time to visit as the woods are carpeted with celandines and wood anemones, closely followed by bluebells. At other times you can picnic in the colourful meadows.

There is a good network of paths around the Reserve and a programme of special events throughout the year. Call in at the Visitor Centre for details or check the 

There is wheelchair access to the Reserve but the anti-motorcycle gates may be inaccessible to larger wheelchairs. There are some steep paths.

Rivacre Valley is within cycling distance of Ellesmere Port. The nearest railway station is at Overpool. The car park is on Rivacre Road, just off junction 7 of the M53.


Other Things to do in the Area

Other country parks nearby include Eastham Woods on the edge of the Mersey - a great place for walks and plenty of cafes to choose from.

Rivacre is 5 minutes drive from the National Waterways Museum (open April to November inclusive), 10 minutes drive from the Blue Planet Aquarium and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and 15 minutes drive from Chester Zoo

Maps Available From

It is best to download the permanent orienteering course leaflet free of charge from:

You can also collect a leaflet from the Rangers' Cabin if it is open. Telephone 0151 377 6338

IMPORTANT NOTE: A minor road runs through the centre of the reserve. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult when tackling this orienteering course.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience