Ellesmere Port to Villages Chester and River Loop

Ellesmere Port – Villages, Chester and River Dee Loop

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A 34 mile cycle route which takes you from Ellesmere Port along mainly ‘B’ roads and country lanes through some of North Cheshire’s well known villages and then on to Chester via a canal towpath and the cycle route then takes you along the banks of The River Dee to Connah’s Quay, before returning to Ellesmere Port via some country lanes. The cycle route is flat with very few hills. On the stretch of the cycle route to Chester along the canal towpath the towpath is a good surface and we completed it on road bikes without any problems. On some canal towpaths you may require a permit from British Waterways. You can download your FREE Permit from our homepage via the link to Waterscape.com. You can get refreshments at various places along the route. You can of course start/ finish at any point on the looped cycle route as with any other circuit route.

Starting in Ellesmere Port at the Junction of Capenhurst Lane and Chester Road A41.

Cycle along Chester Road in the direction of Chester. This short section can be busy but there is a designated cycle lane for you to keep to. Cycle along Chester Road for about 500 yards and then you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout TURN LEFT. At this point you can mount the kerb and get onto a traffic free cycle path which runs alongside Ring Road A5117.

Continue to cycle along the cycle path alongside the A5117 for about three quarters of a mile and as you do so it takes you over two roundabouts and past Cheshire Oaks Shopping Village. After thee quarters of a mile you come to a large roundabout with the M53 passing over the top. At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT AHEAD keeping to the A5117 heading towards Helsby. On this stretch of the road there is a designated cycle lane and the road is usually a quiet road. Cycle along the A 5117 for about three quarters of a mile where you TURN RIGHT along Thornton Green Lane which takes you into the village of Thornton Le Moors. Cycle through the village and after about a quarter of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT then after 50 yards TURN LEFT along Hob Lane.

Continue along Hob Lane for about three quarters of a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction with the A56. At the junction you GO ACROSS THE JUNCTION AND SLIGHTLY TO YOUR RIGHT up the lane (short steep hill) and into the village of Dunham on the Hill, which was mentioned in The Domesday Book. At the top of the hill TURN RIGHT through the village and cycle along the road for about 200 yards and as you leave the village as the road bends to the right you TURN LEFT along the country lane and follow the lane for about quarter of a mile to its end where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT along the lane and after about 300 yards you come to a cross roads. At the junction TURN LEFT along the B5132 which takes you 1 mile to the village of Great Barrow.

Continue through Great Barrow and after quarter of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction with Tarvin Road A51. At the junction TURN RIGHT along Tarvin Road and after 100 yards TURN LEFT along Cotton Lane towards Cotton Edmunds. Cycle along Cotton Lane for about three quarters of a mile to its end where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT along Plough Lane and after quarter of a mile you come to a cross roads. At the junction TURN LEFT along Brown Heath Road which takes you 500 yards to a ‘T’ junction at the centre of the village of Waverton.

At the junction TURN RIGHT on to Eggbridge Lane and cycle along the road for about 150 yards where you come to the bridge over the The Shropshire Union Canal. At this point you turn/cross the road to the right and go down the path to the canal. At the canal TURN LEFT and cycle along the towpath towards Chester. (The water on your right hand side as you cycle along). The Shropshire Union Canal was built in 1835 by Thomas Telford.

Cycle along the canal towpath towards Chester and after about a mile and a quarter you come to the centre of Chester passing old renovated warehouses, the city walls and pass through a deep cutting at Northgate Street. If you look up above you at this point you will see a very narrow bridge crossing over the canal. This small bridge was the bridge that prisoners used to cross from the prison on their way to the gallows. Continue to the end of the cutting and there you come to a set of locks.

At the bottom of the locks you TURN LEFT off the canal towpath (by the railway bridge) and at the top of the short road you TURN LEFT down South View Road and cycle down the hill 200 yards to the ‘t’ junction at the end of the road. At the junction you CROSS THE ROAD and enter the park in front of you. Cycle along the path in the park and follow it round to the left as it takes you along the dedicated traffic free cycle path alongside The River Dee.

River Dee Cycle Path

Continue along the cycle path for about one and a half miles where you come to a small pedestrian bridge crossing the river, known locally as Saltney Ferry Bridge. Follow the cycle path past the bridge keeping to the same side of the river and cycle along the cycle path for approximately 2 miles where the path comes to a zebra crossing at The Queensferry Bridge, known locally as ‘The Blue Bridge’. CROSS OVER THE CROSSING and continue along the river bank and after about half a mile you come to the old ‘Summers’ steel works head office building by the bridge over the river.

At the bridge TURN RIGHT along the traffic free cycle path (Do not cross the bridge) and cycle away from the river. Cycle along the cycle path for about half mile and then you come to a bridge where the cycle path passes over the dual carriageway. At the bridge TURN LEFT AT THE FOOT OF THE BRIDGE and follow the cycle path along side the road.
Continue to along the cycle path and follow it as it turns to the left after a few hundred yards and then after 100 yards at the roundabout TURN RIGHT along Drome Road keeping to the cycle path. The cycle path then takes you along for about 200 yards and as you start to climb up the brow of the hill you TURN LEFT down what looks like a slip road. Follow the road the short distance down under the underpass and as you climb the short hill on the other side of the underpass Bear Right onto the cycle path in front of you.

Continue to cycle along the path for about 500 yards where you reach a set of traffic lights. At the traffic lights FOLLOW THE CYCLE PATH ACROSS THE LIGHTS and continue along the Woodbank Lane in front of you.(take care at this busy junction and make sure you use the zebra crossing). Cycle up Woodbank Lane and at this point you will be cycling

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up a gentle hill for about a quarter of a mile. Continue along the lane for half a mile to its end where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along Parkgate Road and then after 400 yards TURN RIGHT down Capenhurst Lane. Notice the Emu farm on the corner as you turn right.

Cycle along Capenhurst Lane as it twists and turns and takes you through the village of Capenhurst and over the railway. Continue to the end of the lane (about 1 mile) and there you come to the set of traffic lights where you started your ride. Enjoy……..

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