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|The Architect and River Dee (Non-Chester Race Days Version)|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 25 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|NOTE: There are two versions of this walk on iFootpath. This one is for use when Chester Races are NOT running (see http://www.chester-races.co.uk to find out the date of fixtures) as it includes the section of the riverside promenade that is closed to the public during racing. |
A 6 mile circular walk from the Architect in Chester, Cheshire. The Architect is a classic pub restaurant within Chester’s city walls overlooking the racecourse at Roodee. The walking route has real variety with something for everyone: the bustling city streets, quiet suburban residential lanes, modern commercial estates, a section of the ancient city walls and very long peaceful stretches of paths alongside the River Dee.
The walk is relatively flat and follows mostly well-made surfaces. There are just a couple of short stretches which follow grass bank paths which can get a bit muddy after rain and in winter. There are no stiles or gates on route, just a few flights of steps and staggered barriers. You will be sharing the riverside paths with cyclists so take care with children and dogs. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from the Architect, which is sandwiched between Nun’s Road and Nicholas Street in Chester. Approximate post code CH1 2NX. There is a very small pub car park accessed from the Nicholas Street side, but whilst you are completing the walk please use one of the public car parks nearby. The easiest is Little Roodee Car Park (alongside Grosvenor Bridge and accessed from Castle Drive, CH1 1SL) which costs £3 for 3 hours (correct Summer 2013). From this car park come out of the steps to the right of the cafe, cross over the road junction into Nun’s Road and walk up past the racecourse on the left – you’ll find the pedestrian entrance to the Architect just a little way along on the right.
|Start to Riverside Path|
Start point: 53.1874 lat, -2.8953 long
From the courtyard garden in front of the pub, come down the steps and along the paved path to leave the pub grounds through the gate into Nun’s Road (with the racecourse directly opposite). Cross over with care and turn left along the pavement with the racecourse and part of the old city wall running on the right.
|Riverside Path to Mount Pleasant|
Start point: 53.1841 lat, -2.8954 long
Turn right along the riverside path and follow this under the tall red sandstone arches of Grosvenor Bridge. Grosvenor Bridge, at one time the longest single arch masonry bridge in the world, was designed by the architect Thomas Harrison and opened in 1832. Harrison, born in Yorkshire and completing his early training in Rome, also designed much of Chester Castle. The Architect pub is named in his honour. He designed the pub building as his own residence, and lived there for many years.
|Mount Pleasant to Dee Footbridge|
Start point: 53.1817 lat, -2.9128 long
Immediately after the garden fencing and brick sub-station, fork right down a signed stone footpath. Keep straight ahead at the bottom of the slope as this path passes under a pretty old railway arch. Pass through the staggered barrier and continue on the path which passes through a tunnel of trees with a golf course to the right.
|Dee Footbridge to Border Crossing|
Start point: 53.185 lat, -2.946 long
Turn right across the bridge towards the collection of houses known as Higher Ferry and, at the far side, turn sharp right to join the cycle path (Number 568 to Chester) heading back along the river. Follow the tarmac track with the river now to your right.
|Border Crossing to End|
Start point: 53.1833 lat, -2.9202 long
Continue on the (now very straight and seemingly endless!) path with the river still on the right. Some people consider walking on this sort of long straight path to be lacking in interest, but I always believe a path is what you make of it. Take time to appreciate the peaceful setting and look out for the many birds that make the river their home (you may be lucky to see a heron and/or cormorants drying their wings); a great opportunity for reflection.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
Philip Forber: Just did The Architect and river dee 6 mile walk start and finishing at Chester and it was great to just walk and see some lovely scenery
|By Facebook on 15 Aug 2016|
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