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Chester

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Slow Ways linking Chester and Buckley, Ellesmere Port, Helsby, Kelsall, Shotton, Tattenhall, Wrexham

England / Cheshire / Chester

Chester’s seven Slow Ways are 64% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 2/7
and surveyed: 2/7

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Slow Way Route To do
Buckley—Chester
Bucche one

Double check Distance 19km/11mi Ascent 172m Descent 303m
Buckley—Chester
Bucche two Review me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 308m Descent 181m
Chester—Helsby
Chehel one

Review me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 119m Descent 114m
Chester—Kelsall
Chekel one

Review me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent 72m Descent 124m
Chester—Kelsall
Chekel two Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Chester—Kelsall
Chekel three Verify me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Chester—Tattenhall
Chetat one Verify me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 36m Descent 47m
Ellesmere Port—Chester
Ellche one

Double check Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 81m Descent 72m
Ellesmere Port—Chester
Ellche two Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 96m Descent 81m
Ellesmere Port—Chester
Ellche three Verify me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 89m Descent 74m
Ellesmere Port—Chester
Ellche four Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Shotton—Chester
Shoche one Enjoy me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 149m Descent 130m
Shotton—Chester
Shoche two Review me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Wrexham—Chester
Wreche one

Double check Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 172m Descent 233m
Wrexham—Chester
Wreche two

Double check Distance 19km/12mi Ascent - Descent -
Wrexham—Chester
Wreche three Enjoy me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

64% of Chester’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

16/16

drawn

16/16

reviewed

7/16

surveyed

2/16

verified

15 people have contributed to Chester’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

8 people have surveyed a route in Chester

257km out of 257km have been walked and reviewed

569km of reviews have been shared in Chester

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The canal section started with 1.25 miles of moored boats! It was earth and grass (often muddy and rutted) for three miles to start with, and changed to tarmac at Eggbridge in Waverton, four miles before the end. If I were to walk this again, I think I would prefer just to use Tattenhall Road, which has pavement most of the way, until the last couple of hundred yards/metres, where it goes over the railway and accesses the towpath at Crow’s Nest Bridge....

Mary Oz

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Whilst well surfaced throughout, there are steps and width restricted barriers to navigate, which unfortunately creates issues for wheelchair users - Shoche Two does however provide a more accessible route....

Dannywith

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A straightforward route from Chester, though the majority of the walk is alongside the main road. Too early for blossom but did enjoy the first iced ring of spring in the hedgerow. Does get a lot more interesting from Marford when the route diverts from the main road through a nature reserve and past the Flash pond....

J Walker

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Barbed wire on gates stopping access to fields for a look or a wee (admittedly not on actual path, but I've never seen barbed or razor wire on top of gates before). No fanfare or sign that you've crossed from England into Wales when you cross the grey Pulford Brook - though bilingual road signs a bit later let you know this is border territory - the Motte and Bailey beside it unloved and inaccessible....

J Mitchell

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Again, the footpath hugs the main road but is easy and safe to walk along. It's a fairly monotonous plod; you'll pass the drive of the Eaton estate, set well back off the main road, and a large garden centre and cross the border into Wales over a small bridge just after the Grosvenor Hotel in the village of Pulford....

C Hanson

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There were very few walkers, but loads of cyclists, and some of them couldn’t resist the temptation of the dead straight, well-surfaced route, and whizzed past pretty fast, and none of them used bells. However, there was a café over the footbridge at Higher Ferry about 62% through the route, open Wed-Sat lunch times. There were some notable bridges along the route, particularly Jubilee Lift Bridge on the B5441, which I think used to be the main route from the Wirral into North Wales....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Shoche one

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Mary Oz surveyed Shoche two

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From Shotton the route follows a quiet road with speed humps for step free access to Hawarden Bridge. From here the route is nearly all shared use cycle track, although it does include several cycle barriers which slope in to a gap of 40cm at the top at a height of about 1.5 metres. After a long gentle curve, the route is dead straight for four and a half miles....

Mary Oz

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Shotton—Chester

Mary Oz added Shoche two, a new walk from Shotton to Chester

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Mary Oz surveyed Wreche three

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Reaching the A483 and the A55, it helped to be on the correct side of the road, which I have indicated in the gpx file, to use the safest crossing points and paved sides of the roads. The last section where we left the A483 to head into Chester had an unexpected rural feel, and then we crossed the River Dee to reach the end of the route, and then the station (via a couple of great pubs)....

Mary Oz

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Before walking from Wrexham to Chester, I looked on Google Maps Street View and decided there was no way I was going to walk across the A483 by the railway crossing at OS Grid Ref: SJ 33972 54202. It is a busy dual carriageway with a 70mph speed limit. I've uploaded and now walked WreChe Three based on further suggestions from JammyScone....

Mary Oz

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Before walking from Wrexham to Chester, I looked on Google Maps Street View and decided there was no way I was going to walk across the A483 by the railway crossing at OS Grid Ref: SJ 33972 54202. It is a busy dual carriageway with a 70mph speed limit....

Mary Oz

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David Sanderson took this photo on Wreche three

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A lot of the English half of the route is by a main road, which might not be to some tastes, but it is on a pavement throughout and offers some interesting buildings both beside the road and in the distance. Links to public transport are excellent throughout as it follows a lot of the route of the 1 bus between Wrexham and Chester....

David Sanderson

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Wrexham—Chester

Mary Oz added Wreche three, a new walk from Wrexham to Chester

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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. 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....

Mary Oz

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First, the route at Common Farm has been rerouted and now goes around the barns rather than through the farmyard. Secondly, the route jumps across the canal at Christleton where there is no crossing; there is a bridge a little further on. Has the beginnings of a good route, but the errors are unforgivable!...

Hiking Historian

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From the centre of Kelsall (local pub, cafe, shops), a tarmac path through a playground brings us to a road, which was in flood at time of writing. Around The Commons farm, a few fields with stiles (one missing its steps) until we get to Common Farm, where the path goes around the farm buildings until we hit a good tarmac farm track. Crossing a busy-at-times bypass, the path ahead is an unpaved road, which only serves the farm we pass. A small field crossing brings us to a residential road, then, once over a bridge, we access the towpath of the canal....

Hiking Historian

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This may be apparent, to some extent, if you are walking towards Chester, but if you are heading away from Chester, you would naturally walk an extra half a mile beyond the bridge to be faced with a dilemma....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Chekel three

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This route will probably be lovely in nice, dry weather, but when we walked it in December, after a fair bit of rain, it was absolutely sodden from overflowing streams....

Mary Oz

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Chester—Kelsall

Mary Oz added Chekel three, a new walk from Chester to Kelsall

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David Sanderson took this photo on Shoche one

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Including the start of the Welsh Coastal Path is rather special, I suspect it might be the longest straight section in the network....

David Sanderson

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Paul Jeorrett took this photo on Chekel one

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You need to leave Kelsall trough the playpark next to the Morris Dancer pub and keep to the right, this is tarmaced for the first 0.5km then field mostly field footpaths to Oscroft. There is about 0.5km road walking through Oscroft and then a short stretch of field walking to Tarvin, all well signposted. There is then about 1km road walking along a quiet country lasne, then left onto field footpaths. The Shropshire Union Canal is then reached but you have to follow footpaths for 0.5km to Christleton to cross the canal bridge to get onto the towpath....

Paul Jeorrett

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This 19km route took me ~5.25hrs to walk in the Chester -> Buckley direction. Food/toilet options are available in Chester, Sandycroft, Hawarden and Buckley. When coming off River Ln in Saltney and joining the walking/cycling path, the blue cycle route sign says 'Chester' even though you are travelling away from it! Unlike Chester golf course, there is nothing but a bit of string between you and the greens, so keep aware of any low-flying golf balls. If you are travelling from Buckley towards Chester, I will mention that some of the entrances to the route are less obvious at the Buckley end. Finally, at the horse farm in Hawarden, the path towards the golf course and the A550 is well back from the green sign (photo 12). Wouldn't recommend it if it's been raining much beforehand (some of the paths at the back of the Chester golf course were sodden and moss-covered in the shade, and this was during a dry spell), though....

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Buckley—Chester

geopenny added Bucche two, a new walk from Buckley to Chester

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Food/toilet options are available in Chester, Sandycroft, Hawarden and Buckley. The section through the Chester racecourse is sometimes shut for events, and accessing the start of the path around Chester golf course requires climbing two large flights of stairs (photo 1). Unlike Chester golf course, there is nothing but a bit of string between you and the greens, so keep aware of any low-flying golf balls. If you are not a fan of cows, your best option is to stay on Glynne Way (which becomes the Highway) in Hawarden, then go left onto Wood Ln which takes you up and over the A55, becoming Burntwood Rd and bringing you onto Drury Ln just down from the path towards Knowle Hill park (photo 13). The route from Drury to Buckley through Knowle Hill is very straightforward, as long as you can negotiate kissing gates. If you are travelling from Buckley towards Chester, I will mention that some of the entrances to the route are less obvious at the Buckley end. Finally, at the horse farm in Hawarden, the path towards the golf course and the A550 is well back from the green sign (photo 8). Wouldn't recommend it if it's been raining much beforehand (some of the paths at the back of the Chester golf course were sodden and moss-covered in the shade, and this was during a dry spell), though!...

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Almost fully accessible route for all (as ever, the steps at Shotton station are a problem for wheeled users), mostly along the wide tarmacced path that runs along the embankment aside the Dee, with only one road crossing along the way until we hit Chester. It is well-used by both walkers and cyclists alike, and there is the odd bench along the way to stop for breaks. It moves from industrial Shotton into the countryside, before once more returning to the industrial and urban areas of Chester....

Hiking Historian

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Into Little Barrow, yet another short stretch of unpaved road, albeit with wide verges, before crossing more fields. Another stretch of quiet unpaved road follows, before using footpaths through fields of cattle to Dunham-on-the-Hill....

Hiking Historian

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Wrexham—Chester

Hiking Historian pledged to walk Wreche two

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The route started well from Chester and soon got me via an accessible route on to the Shropshire Union Canal. Ellche Three then follows the canal all the way to Ellesmere Port and this was the route I was following to start with but reached a "towpath closed" sign just north of Chester Zoo. A lack of places to stop is a serious problem for this route, the only one I encountered was a cafe at the Harley Davidson showroom as you reach the outskirts of Ellesmere Port....

David Sanderson

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Ellesmere Port—Chester

David Sanderson added Ellche four, a new walk from Ellesmere Port to Chester

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In agreement with the other two reviewers that the footpath from Stoak does not connect with the towpath. This route should not be used...

David Sanderson

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The path out of Kelsall starts well, but as the walk progresses, was terribly overgrown, but passable, in places. Beyond Tarvin, and its supermarket the walk improved greatly....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Chekel two

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Chester—Kelsall

David Sanderson added Chekel two, a new walk from Chester to Kelsall

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We walked it from Chester to Shotton, and - although very practical and a good candidate for the Slow Ways network - it would probably be more interesting to cycle this route as at a walking pace the view gets very monotonous. Additionally, and though not presenting many issues when following the route, its plotting through Chester is more as the crow flies from point to point than following actual paths....

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geopenny surveyed Shoche one

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Ellesmere Port—Chester

Hiking Historian added Ellche three, a new walk from Ellesmere Port to Chester

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Ellesmere Port—Chester

Hiking Historian added Ellche two, a new walk from Ellesmere Port to Chester

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As Paul says in his review, the Stoak dogleg, as it exists, is not doable due to the footpath over the canal from Stoak does not connect to the towpath due to hedges and barbed wire. The Chester exit from the canal also needs a tidy, something I'll do in an updated route....

Hiking Historian

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Hiking Historian took this photo on Ellche one

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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. The towpath is a mixture of tarmac and concrete. Once back on the canal, a mixture of tarmac, concrete, and loose stone....

Hiking Historian

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This route is hopefully accessible to all, although narrow passages under bridges may exclude larger motorised wheelchairs. Past Stoak, a mixture of tarmac, concrete, and loose stone....

Hiking Historian

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Barrier-free access is only possible from Sealand Rd, Bumpers Ln, Hawarden Bridge train station (must use level crossing and manual gates) or via the Millennium Greenway. (-> Chester direction only) and Jubilee Bridge/B5441 (-> Chester only; -> Shotton has a slanted gate just beyond the slalem)....

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Mickle Trafford to Plemstall Church: quiet roads, some with pavements. Primrose Lane to Helsby: pavements, initially on quiet roads then alongside the very busy Chester Road....

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The route was walked from Chester (The Cross) to the Helsby (row of shops on the Chester Road including Post Office) on Friday 18.06.2021 (late morning/ afternoon) – joined by two friends for the whole route. At Mickle Trafford there is the option of resting and taking refreshments at Meadow Lee Farm Coffee Shop on Station Lane. This includes a short section along the B5132 from Wildmoor Lane to Rose Farm which has no pavement and requires crossing a narrow road bridge. It was felt that the section between Chester and Mickle Trafford is accessible to most users being city streets then purpose-built greenway with no obvious barriers. In the row of shops that mark the end of the current Slow Way on Chester Road (Helsby) there was a café (The Old Bank Tea Rooms) which although closing, once they realised that we had walked from Chester, very kindly kept open and provided hot drinks and cakes. The walk along the Chester Road (A56) in Helsby felt unpleasant and a possible alternative could be to follow Robin Hood Lane northwards from Latham Avenue to emerge at the Chester Road closer the row of shops/ Post Office and tea rooms....

Peregrinating Paul

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Peregrinating Paul took this photo on Chehel one

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Chester

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The route was walked from Chester (The Cross) to Ellesmere Port (Railway Station) on Tuesday 18.05.2021 (afternoon) – joined by friend (and dog) after Bridge no. Much of the route is level since it follows the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal between Northgate Locks (Chester) to Bridge no. The surface of the towpath varies and is generally smooth between Chester’s Canal Basin to Knolls Bridge. From Knolls Bridge to Caughall Bridge it has recently been resurfaced and has much loose gravel-sized chippings, but these appear to be consolidating with use. From Caughall Bridge the towpath has many broken surfaces and consequently is rather uneven in places. Notably, the first seat after Chester’s Canal Basin was at Caughall Bridge and then a couple of benches alongside the towpath at Stoak (near Bridge no. 136). At Ellesmere Port Station there are two options to cross the railway line – a shorter route via a steep and stepped footbridge from Whitby Road or a slightly longer route via the roadside pavement on the A5032 road bridge....

Peregrinating Paul

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Peregrinating Paul took this photo on Ellche one

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This offers reasonable wheelchair access (fairly flat, but bumpy in places, hard surface) at least until Egg Bridge, Waverton. In very dry weather this could allow wheelchair access - at least until the route moves away from the towpath at Nixon's bridge....

Alan Pimm

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Enjoyed walking from Chester, thru golf course to pick up Dee path on the other bank of river to main path. Short road section ( by GoOutdoors) but lovely wander and path. Only walked to first bridge at Garden city before crossing river and walking back in to chester - total 7 miles....

ElaineT

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Most importantly, I would urge using Wrexham Road with its safe, wide pavements instead of deviating via Rake Lane which has fast moving traffic and no footway making it a much less safe and accessible walk....

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Wrexham—Chester

Jammyscone added Wreche two, a new walk from Wrexham to Chester

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Chester

Memphis Al surveyed Chester

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Buckley—Chester

Slow Ways added Bucche one, a new walk from Buckley to Chester

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Chester—Helsby

Slow Ways added Chehel one, a new walk from Chester to Helsby

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Chester—Kelsall

Slow Ways added Chekel one, a new walk from Chester to Kelsall

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Chester—Tattenhall

Slow Ways added Chetat one, a new walk from Chester to Tattenhall

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Ellesmere Port—Chester

Slow Ways added Ellche one, a new walk from Ellesmere Port to Chester

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Shotton—Chester

Slow Ways added Shoche one, a new walk from Shotton to Chester

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Wrexham—Chester

Slow Ways added Wreche one, a new walk from Wrexham to Chester

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Chester, Wed 17 July

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Chester’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SJ4052966286

Lat / Lon

53.19034° / -2.89153°

Easting / Northing

340,529E / 366,286N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Chester's meeting point

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Bothy

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