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Beeston to Chester and onto Ellesmere Port

Please note that these route pages are a work in progress. The figures below indicate route length; however, not all locks and bridges are included currently, so the time required may be underestimated.

Departure Point:  
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 39.105 miles, 18 locks, 2 movable bridges and 0 tunnels. Which will take 2 days, 2 hours and 52 minutes when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.

From the Beeston hire base, the first lock is only a mile away. Beeston Castle is easily reached via the footpath that leads away from the lock. This impressive ruin can be seen from miles away and shouldn’t be missed on your trip to Chester. The journey continues lock-free through rich pastures and peaceful countryside until it reaches Chester. Here, the canal quickly descends through 4 locks into the city centre, through an impressive rock cutting, and eventually reaches the Northgate staircase locks and Telford Basin beyond. This is a great place to moor up. Highlights, which are easily reached on foot, are the Chester city walls, the Roman amphitheatre, and the tranquil River Dee. Now it’s time to retrace the journey back to the Beeston hire base.

Places of interest on the Beeston to Chester and onto Ellesmere Port route

Places to visit & highlights on the canal itself

Northgate Staircase Locks
National Waterways Museum
Beeston Castle Wharf
Ellesmere Port Canal
Grosvenor Park
Chester park
Eastgate Clock
Breakout Chester
Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens
Chester Canal
Tarvin Lock
North Gate
Cathedral Gardens
Countess of Chester Nature Reserve
Roman Amphitheatre
Sandy Lane Park and Aqua Park
King Charles Tower
Water Tower
Deva Roman Discovery Centre
Dewa Roman Experience

Top Rated Pubs And Restaurants On to Near the Canal

Telford's Warehouse
Lockgate Coffee House
Jaunty Goat Coffee
The Old Harkers Arms
The Cheshire Cat
Ristorante Sergio
Upstairs at the Grill
The Cellar
The Lock Keeper
Istanbul BBQ
Bar Lounge
The Cavern of the Curious Gnome
Ring O' Bells
Côte Chester
The Cornerhouse
Chester Racecourse
Brewhouse & Kitchen
Lockgate Coffee Shop

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Further reading and learning about the Beeston to Chester and onto Ellesmere Port route


Related Nicholson Guide:
Four Counties & the Welsh Canals - Nicholson Guide No 4

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