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Shotton

Flintshire


Slow Ways linking Shotton and Buckley, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Flint, Neston

Wales / Flintshire / Shotton

Shotton’s five Slow Ways are 70% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 2/5
and surveyed: 2/5

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Walk to Shotton from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Buckley—Shotton
Bucsho two

Double check Distance 9km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Buckley—Shotton
Bucsho three Pioneer me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Flint—Shotton
Flisho one

Double check Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 186m Descent 187m
Flint—Shotton
Flisho two

Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 219m Descent 220m
Flint—Shotton
Flisho three Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Neston—Shotton
Nessho one

Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 102m Descent 131m
Neston—Shotton
Nessho two

Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 27m Descent 57m
Neston—Shotton
Nessho three Enjoy 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 -
Shotton—Ellesmere Port
Shoell one Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 81m Descent 69m

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Collective progress

66% of Shotton’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

10/11

reviewed

5/11

surveyed

3/11

verified

11 people have contributed to Shotton’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

6 people have surveyed a route in Shotton

129km out of 137km have been walked and reviewed

346km of reviews have been shared in Shotton

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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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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 Flisho three

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Unfortunately, about 40%-50% of the route is along main roads, but it is the most direct route and is probably the best available as it is all part of the Wales Coast Path. Where the route finally left the road again at Golftyn, I briefly struggled to find the path – it was right alongside some housing the far side of the car sales yard, and not through the car sales yard as indicated on the OS Map....

Mary Oz

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The pathfinding through Burntwood whilst it gives the right impression isn't nearly accurate enough, especially as it uses footpaths and roads on a residential estate, and once at the Mormon church, there isn't really a footpath to the footbridge over the A494 except through bushes or on often boggy grass; it's easier to go through the small industrial estate car parks....

Hiking Historian

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Buckley—Shotton

Hiking Historian added Bucsho three, a new walk from Buckley to Shotton

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David Sanderson took this photo on Flisho three

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There's some time away from the main road as you pass the power station but then you rejoin it to enter Flint. The section of pavement into Flint is the least enjoyable of the walk as the road is busy, but there are a few interesting historical buildings on the way. A promenade leads to Flint Castle and the Life Boat Station and it's a short walk into town from there....

David Sanderson

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Flint—Shotton

David Sanderson added Flisho three, a new walk from Flint to Shotton

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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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geopenny surveyed Flisho two

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Access was still possible through the gate a little further down the road, but the field had been planted perpendicular to the route of the public access path, with no space around the edges to avoid trampling on the growing corn. As the road became rutted and gravelly after this point, and wasn't marked as public access on the Flintshire map, I turned around to pursue a different set of public access paths from the farm at the 90deg bend in Starkey Ln. Not wanting to give up, the least bad option at this point was to divert via the main road into Northop, and from there follow Connah's Quay Rd back towards the other end of Starkey Ln. There is a public access path at the end of Starkey Ln through a cow field, which eventually brings you out on the main road at the point where the pavement starts. However, you have to leave the field via the access road (2 gates to climb), not the overgrown public access point/stile, and you have to cross a 60mph road to get to the pavement (do not do this at rush hour due to commuting traffic from the A55). The official route continued through the next few fields to the junction of Connah's Quay Rd and Smithy Ln, but as I'd had more than enough of pulling thorns out of my fingers at this point I went up Starkey Ln to Connah's Quay Rd and hugged the verge for the short distance up to Smithy Ln (50mph main road - be very careful). However, the farmers were busy in a further field collecting the grass (not sure hay or silage), and so I ended up exiting early through a marked public access gate out of the second field, emerging onto Alun Close in Northop Hall. It is worth noting that the road section between Ewloe and Wepre Lane in Northop Hall is a major commuter route for those using the A494 to reach Connah's Quay, and at certain times of day crossing the road here will be impossible/hazardous....

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geopenny surveyed Nessho three

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It is easy to see how this route earned its snail - a route that takes in pretty villages, scenic views and a variety of terrains, and provides multiple options for breaks and refreshments along the way. There are a number of food/toilet options directly on the route, from supermarkets/convenience stores in Neston and Shotton, to pubs in Little Neston and Shotton and cafes in Denhall and Puddington....

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A short unpaved section, and, once more, many fields and tracks to the crossroads just outside Northop Hall, where we have a crossing and another unpaved road, but only for a few yards. A short footpath takes us away from an uphill unpaved stretch of road to a paved one, which we follow before taking the footpath into, and through, Wepre Park, a wooded country park with good paths, and also Ewloe Castle....

Hiking Historian

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Flint—Shotton

Hiking Historian added Flisho two, a new walk from Flint to Shotton

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It starts well, and has some great rural footpaths, but there's many errors with this route in terms if access and safety....

Hiking Historian

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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....

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Burton is a lovely little village, but the road through it, and away, is more unpaved roads, hedges on each side, proving to be blind corners in places. The path takes an unnecessary kink around a field before the bridge (much easier to stay on the main path following the line of the old railway), but this route properly shows the means of which to navigate the confusing nature of the two Shotton stations to reach the main road beyond....

Hiking Historian

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The path through Little Neston is along quiet unpaved roads, which are safe enough to use and often used by walkers. Burton is a lovely little village, but the road through it, and away, is more unpaved roads, hedges on each side, proving to be blind corners in places....

Hiking Historian

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Second half of the walk was much more interesting than the first half, with historic halls and farmhouses in the 3 villages and open views across the Dee to the Welsh hills....

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Buckley—Shotton

Eric Forgan added Bucsho two, a new walk from Buckley to Shotton

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Neston—Shotton

Mary Oz added Nessho three, a new walk from Neston to Shotton

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I haven't walked the whole of this route, but I have walked NesSho Three (in attempting NesSho One) which starts from Shotton along the same route....

Mary Oz

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You can walk directly alongside the railway from the northbound (west side) platform of the high-level station next to the start of the route. This path continues over the low-level railway line, and descends a flight of stairs onto the low-level station. You then need to cross under the high-level line to reach the cycle track that goes through a narrow cycle barrier, then cross the River Dee on the east side of the railway bridge....

Mary Oz

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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....

Team Tato

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geopenny surveyed Shoche one

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Second half of the walk was much more interesting than the first half, with historic halls and farmhouses in the 3 villages and open views across the Dee to the Welsh hills....

DerbyshireBBguide

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Wheelchairs are excluded right from the off at Shotton station, due to the only access to the lower station being via stairs, but there are also stiles and kissing gates later on....

Hiking Historian

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We had problems knowing exactly where to walk as we set off from Shotton as the route just flies from the start point over the low level railway line and over the river above the railway bridge....

Mary Oz

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The Neston end may be too muddy, and lots of kissing gates, for bikes or wheelchairs, and there are pinch gates and stairs at Shotton station, but rest of the route is along a good stretch of quiet road or wide paths, with a section of boardwalk. Despite a brief excursion through an industrial estate, it's a lovely walk along a nice stretch of the Dee salt marsh....

Hiking Historian

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An easy walk that for most of it's length follows an established paved cycle route, saying that the first mile or so down to the Dee Marshes doesn't, the last part of this section to the bottom of Marshlands Road and The Harp Inn can be very muddy when wet, The route then follows the edge of the Marshes (popular with bird watchers) to Deeside, the section through the Ind. Est. shouldn't spoil your enjoyment....

Dermot Byrne

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A straightforward route that is flat and mostly paved although you do need to watch out for speeding bikes and those cyclists who also don't ring their bells to warn you....

Mike111

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A brief walk round an industrial estate but pavements throughout....

Philippa

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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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Neston—Shotton

Philippa added Nessho two, a new walk from Neston to Shotton

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Shotton

alanpoy85 surveyed Shotton

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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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Flint—Shotton

Slow Ways added Flisho one, a new walk from Flint to Shotton

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Neston—Shotton

Slow Ways added Nessho one, a new walk from Neston to Shotton

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Shotton—Chester

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

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Shotton—Ellesmere Port

Slow Ways added Shoell one, a new walk from Shotton to Ellesmere Port

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Shotton, Mon 27 May

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Shotton’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SJ3069368861

Lat / Lon

53.21229° / -3.03927°

Easting / Northing

330,693E / 368,861N

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Facilities

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

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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