Chester to Hargrave to The Canal Cruiser

Chester to Hargrave ‘The Canal Cruiser Cycle Ride’

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An easy cycle ride approximately 6 miles long which takes you from the historic city of Chester along the Shropshire Union Canal passing the outskirts of Chester and out through the suburbs of Christleton and Waverton to the village of Hargrave, situated on the canal. Remember to take care when cycling near water and give way to pedestrians. The surface is a mixture of tarmac and finley compacted gravel surface and a very flat cycle route.

The historic City of Chester is full of places of interest to see and visit. It also has a busy city centre full of shops, cafes and bars etc., as well as the lovely River Dee.


Stating from the locks on the canal at the bottom of Water Tower Street, just by Northgate. From the locks you cycle to you right along the canal which takes you along the tow path through a deep cutting towards Northgate.
After about 200 yards as you approach Northgate with the main road crossing high over the canal you will see another very narrow bridge crossing high above the canal. This bridge is where they used to make convicts cross over the canal on their way to the gallows which where sited somewhere near to this spot.

Continue to cycle along the towpath which takes you under the bridge at Northgate and after another few hundred yards the canal bends to the right and you pass under the low bridge at Frodsham Street with the pub on the water front.

Continue along the tow path and after you have passed under the second bridge from Frodsham Street Bridge you will see a tall chimney on the other side of the canal this is Chester Shot Tower. The tower stands beside the Canal and forms part of the disused Chester Leadworks. Built by Walkers, Parker & Co. in 1799, the tower is the oldest of three remaining shot towers in the UK, and probably the oldest such structure still standing in the world. It is 168 feet tall.
Continue to cycle along the tow path and after about three quarters of a mile you will find yourself passing the suburbs of Christleton and Waverton and cycling along the canal out in the open countryside. Along the way you will find the odd pub to stop for refreshments on the canal.

After about another two and a half miles you come to the small bridge over the canal at the small village of Hargrave. The end of the cycle ride. You can if you wish continue along the canal towards Beeston with its castle high above the village.

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