Chester: Handbridge - River Dee - Herronbridge - A55 - Dukes Drive - Handbridge

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This is a delightful and very popular long and circular walk from Handbridge in Chester, starting along the bank of the river Dee you pass under the famous suspension footbridge, (photo on the right), and a long way along the river bank footpath. Then walk up through the Diamond Jubilee Wood to the Duke of Westminster's woods, then down his long drive - now a bridle path - back to Handbridge. The river is probably the most interesting feature of the walk, with large passenger boats, rowing eights and canoes to watch sail by. In summer the river is so full of boats that even the police have a launch. Do not attempt this walk after severe storms in Wales or long periods of very heavy rain as the Dee may be in flood, and as the meadows are a flood plain they may become submerged. This walk is an alternative route to three others in this locality, the very short 7839 walk, the shorter 7832 walk or slightly shorter 2290 walk, and includes instructions for walkers from moored river boats.

The walk is suitable for all the family and excellent for dogs. However it's difficult for buggies and hopeless for wheelchairs due to flights of steps and lots of kissing gates. Suitable footwear will be anything flat soled, but boots will be best after wet weather as the ground may be quite soft. There should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. There are refreshments and toilets in pubs and cafes near the end of this walk, but no picnic tables. There are several bench seats along the path by the river and at other odd places on the route. If you wish to use the Grosvenor Arms car park you will need to book a meal with your drink at the end of your walk and obtain their permission to park for your walk. Tel. 01244 680221. Website: -

England - North England - Cheshire - River Walk


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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