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.
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 39.105 miles, 18 locks, 2 movable bridges and 0 tunnels. Which will take 2 days, 1 hour and 25 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.
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Related Nicholson Guide:
Four Counties & the Welsh Canals - Nicholson Guide No 4
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