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|Chester City Walls|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 23 Feb 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2 mile circular stroll around the city walls of Chester in Cheshire. The Grade I listed walls are the best preserved city walls in Britain and encircle the site of the medieval city. A footpath runs along the top of the walls and they are complete except for one small section of about 100 metres. On route you’ll have chance to see Chester’s many attractions including the castle, cathedral and racecourse. |
The walk follows the paved path on top of the walls. There are no gates but several steps (although if you are willing to carry a pushchair up and down the steps, it is possible to negotiate the route with a pushchair). Approximate time 1 hour.
The walk starts from Eastgate which is on the corner of St John’s Street and Foregate Street. There are many pay and display car parks nearby.
|Start to King Charles' Tower|
Start point: 53.1908 lat, -2.8885 long
Start from the junction of St John’s Street and Foregate Street. From here stand facing the Eastgate section of walls – the high arched bridge running over the top of the street.
|King Charles' Tower to Northgate|
Start point: 53.1942 lat, -2.8905 long
Continue further along the walls and to the left you’ll see the Deanery Fields. If you glance over the wall edge on the right you’ll see the Shropshire Union Canal running below.
|Northgate to Water Tower|
Start point: 53.1938 lat, -2.8932 long
Further along on the right take time to climb the additional steps to visit the top of Morgan’s Mount. This post has commanded some of the best views to the north and west for many hundred years and played an active part in the defence of Chester during the Civil War.
|Water Tower to Chester Castle|
Start point: 53.1927 lat, -2.8988 long
For more than 1,500 years Chester was the most important sea port in the North West. This pair of towers (Banewaldesthorne Tower and Water Tower) was built to defend the port.
|Chester Castle to Bridgegate|
Start point: 53.1852 lat, -2.8938 long
Chester Castle was once a stone fortress and seat of power. Chester was one of the last towns in England to fall to the Normans following the Norman conquest. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle here to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border. The castle was built in 1070 by Hugh Lupus, first Earl of Chester.
|Bridgegate to End|
Start point: 53.1863 lat, -2.8894 long
A little further along you’ll reach a semi-circular viewing area which gives a great opportunity to enjoy the views of the River Dee here. Follow the walls running alongside the river and then continue as the route swings left and up some steps to follow the walls as they head north.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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