Ellesmere PortChester

Ellche three
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By Hiking Historian on 19 Feb 2022


Distance

14km/9mi

Ascent

89m

Descent

74m

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Description

Corrected route, with accessible route ignoring Stoak

Corrected route, with accessible route ignoring Stoak

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 2

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (2)

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Grade 2: Mostly smooth and compacted surfaces, but there may be some loose gravel, muddy patches or cobbles.
Access grade U: Currently ungraded.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Maybe present Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Not present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Maybe present Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Maybe present Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Maybe present Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Maybe present Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Maybe present Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 80.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 16.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 16.0% (1)

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Very clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

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There is no data on how much of this route is on roads

There is no data on how much of this route is lit at night

Thereis no data on amount of route paved

There is no data on muddiness

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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2X January 2024 by Mary Oz
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

Ellesmere Port
Grid Ref SJ4036976506
Lat / Lon 53.28217° / -2.89584°
Easting / Northing 340,369E / 376,506N
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Chester
Grid Ref SJ4052966286
Lat / Lon 53.19034° / -2.89153°
Easting / Northing 340,529E / 366,286N
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reviews


Mary Oz

05 Jan 2024 Winter

This was a really easy and pleasant walk along the canal on a towpath which was generally in very good condition. I saw loads of moorhens and coots, and there was a bit of public art.
Starting from Ellesmere Port the first 20% had lots of signs of industry, and the first 40% had quite a lot of traffic noise from roads and motorways. Despite this, it felt like an oasis, and there was plenty of birdsong, even in January.
The area around Stoak was particularly picturesque. The pub here is currently closed and for sale, so I had taken packed lunch. There was a bench exactly halfway, by bridge 134 Caughall Bridge, which was a lovely peaceful spot to have a break. I was slightly disappointed not to hear any animal sounds from the zoo nearby!
After the railway viaduct I passed quite a large wetlands area. For me though, the most interesting part of the walk was heading into Chester, passing some fantastic canal architecture and heritage – the aqueduct over the A5480, Taylor’s Boatyard and all the history of the canal branch to the River Dee, and Northgate Staircase Locks. After passing beneath the railway, I walked up the three locks and could look down on passing trains.
A cobbled slope up from the canal brought me into the centre of Chester which really is a fantastic town to visit, with many gorgeous buildings and so much history.
Without the closeness of the motorways this would have been a 5* route.


Hiking Historian

19 Feb 2022 Winter

A slight amendment to the original path.

This route is hopefully accessible to all, although narrow passages under bridges may exclude larger motorised wheelchairs. From Ellesmere Port to the housing estate on Cromwell Road, a good, wide pavement with ramps, but as it becomes an industrial estate there are no ramps, so cyclists and wheelchairs will have to keep to the road, a quiet cul de sac. At its end, we hit the canal. Muddy at first, but as we carry on it gets better. The towpath is a mixture of tarmac and concrete.

We avoid the village of Stoak on this route, carrying on along the canal.

Past Stoak, a mixture of tarmac, concrete, and loose stone. Some deep puddles in places, but nothing impassable. The gaps under the bridges are narrow and uneven in places.

Eventually we hit Chester. Up a slope to the wall, which we move through under an arch, and then through the bustling centre of the city to the old cross at its centre.

A great canal walk through some nice countryside, from a modern town to a historic city. Shops and transport are good at both ends.


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