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 Chester (1) Walk from Blacon into Chester

including an old railway track route

and the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal

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Walk from Blacon to Chester: The road bridge over the site of the railway track and where Blacon Station once stood, though the solid road bridge still stands over where the railway track ran. You can walk or cycle ride left to Connah's Quay or right to Chester on the bed of the old railway track that once connected Chester-Blacon-Connah's Quay. The signs read CONNAH'S QUAY to the left, and CHESTER to the right.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: The Connah's Quay to Chester cycle track and footpath is a fine track to cycle down but pedestrian walkers and bikers must watch out for each other and be courteous to each other.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: On the cycleway-footpath, near Chester you pass war cemetery before reaching the Ellesmere Canal (effectively part of the Shropshire Union Canal Company eventually). On your left, heading towards Chester, just before reaching the canal, you pass Chester's Blacon cemetery dating from 1940 for service burials. Buried here are Royal Air Force airmen personnel including Commonwealth burials and for the burial of servicemen from the numerous Polish hospitals and camps in the area.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: After crossing the Shropshire Union Canal you leave the old railway track can drop down onto the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal for a more interesting route into Chester. This piece of working 'industrial archaeology' was built in the late 18th century.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: After a pleasant mile of walking with the company of many ducks you arrive at the Chester Basin. There find a bridge (Bridge 126, called the Roving Bridge) used by horses to change from one towpath to another. No need for horses for the barges these days, they are all motor driven these days e.g. the SOUTHERN CROSS narrow boat registered from Darshill Dock. All the canal complex around the Chester Basin ('Chester's Port') were constructed in the late 19th century. Chester Basin lies at the junction of the Chester Canal, the Wirral line of the Ellesmere Canal (now part of the Shropshire Union Canal).

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: General view of the Chester Basin with the canal boatyards, including a dry dock, Taylors Yard and graving dock. On the left is the Taylor's Boatyard. Here in the Chester Basin the Ellesmere canal meets the Chester Canal (both becoming part of the Shropshire Union Canal Company system later in the 19th century.  The Chester Canal linked the Cheshire town of Nantwich with the River Dee. The Chester Canal became part of the Shropshire Union Canal system.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: Several canal barges moored up in Chester Basin (Chester's Canal Port), from left (of left picture), locks descend into Williams Moorings (right picture). The buildings comprise 'The Canal Warehouse Workshop'. The canal barge on the left of the left is called Sanity?, well a canal is definitely a pleasant tranquil place to potter on foot or boat!

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: Williams Moorings (where fishing is prohibited!) in the Dee Basin is an offshoot of the Chester Basin, and, at its lower end, there is a series of locks that lead down into the River Dee. The red canal barge in the left picture is called 'PIST'n' BROKE', no comment! This is a location were 'residents' may 'park' their barges (narrow boats). Historic Chester, not bad place to visit on a canal boat holiday.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: The Chester Basin and the red brick buildings of the Tower Wharf Development (flats, offices etc.).

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: Williams Moorings and the locks leading down to the River Dee.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: After passing under the road bridge and railway bridge (by 'Telford's Warehouse', on the right of the left picture) you climb up the path by the side of Northgate Lock with the City Walls on your right.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester:  Looking up and down the Northgate staircase of locks, restored and maintained by the Canal and River Trust, well done guys!

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: Above Northgate Lock the canal has been cut through the sandstone rock creating a dramatic man-made valley called the 'Northgate Cutting' through which the narrow boats once lied their commercial trade, now just tourists!

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: A canal barge entering the top lock of Northgate

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: The sandstone 'canal cut' of the Northgate Cutting near the centre of Chester, the city walls are high up on the right, this must have taken some arduous hacking out, with the help of explosives?

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: From the canal you can climb up into town and emerge by the city walls just below the Northgate gateway itself.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: Looking up Northgate Street to Northgate.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: On walking down Northgate Street you arrive at the Town Hall in the City centre from which you can explore this great historic city.

 

Walk from Blacon to Chester: Across the road from the Town Hall is Chester Cathedral.

 

CHESTER INDEX

Chester (1) Walk from Blacon into Chester & Canals

Chester (2) Chester Street Scenes and building architecture

Chester (3) Chester Cathedral

Chester (4) Fragments of Medieval Chester and later 'bits'

Chester (5) St John's Church, Chester

Chester (6) Roman Chester, Roman Gardens

 

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