This site uses cookies please click 'Accept' to continue and remove this message or 'More....' to view our cookie policy

Continued use of this site indicates that you accept our cookie policy

For full access to iFootpath, to join the walking community, rate the walks, print, leave comments, mark walks as Favourite & Completed (mirror in the App), and much more please register and login. It's free (no subscription, no charge to view or download a walking guide or GPS route) and only takes a moment or two. Already registered? Login here.


Make Chester your fairytale destination

When the American newspaper, USA Today, asked readers to vote for the Prettiest European City in October this year, you may have been forgiven for thinking the outcome would be a foregone conclusion. After all, Americans just like to tick off the ‘classic’ destinations when doing the European tour, don’t they? Eifel Tower... tick, Big Ben...tick, Colosseum...tick...


Well, that’s where you’d be wrong. Our Atlantic cousins are looking for something a bit more out of the ordinary these days. As the article explained, ‘Sometimes, beauty is in the intimate charms of smaller destinations.’


The only UK city to make the top ten was Chester, coming in at an impressive Number 5, beating some of the more obvious competition from Venice and Prague. The article explains Chester’s charms, ‘In Chester, England - voted into fifth place by our readers - Roman walls surround a charming collection of Tudor and Victorian buildings, and a delightful shopping district filled with half-timbered shops. It's reminiscent of a Grimm fairytale.’

So why not consider a short winter break in Chester to see what all the fuss is about? iFootpath has three city trails to follow while you’re there, giving you chance to see the various sides of the city. You can explore the Roman city walls, follow the peaceful stretches of the River Dee or explore the old industrial canals and beautiful parks. There are plenty of sites to enjoy including the Rodee, the oldest racecourse still in use in England and several Roman ruins including the Amphitheatre. You’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat, our favourites being The Architect and The Old Harkers Arms, which are the starting points for two of the trails.

Chester City Walls, 2 miles

The Old Harkers Arms and Chester City Trail, 3 miles

The Architect and River Dee, 6 miles

If you’re wanting to extend your stay and walk some of the rural areas surrounding the city you might also want to try some of the following trails.

The Grosvenor Arms and Aldford, 3 miles

Frodsham and Sandstone Trail, 5 miles

Coed Llandegla Forest, 7 miles

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, just click this link to find hotels, B&Bs and guest houses>>

Finally, I know what you’re which other cities were in the top ten? Well here’s the complete list:

1. Riga, Latvia

2. Bergen, Norway

3. Innsbruck, Austria

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

5. Chester, England

6. Prague, Czech Republic

7. Budapest, Hungary

8. Santorini, Greece

9. Venice, Italy

10. Bruges, Belgium


Check out the iFootpath Accommodation Directory 

30 November 2013



All aboard with the Canal & River Trust
Remembering with Edwin Lutyens

Related Posts



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
default_blogger Make Chester your fairytale destination - iFootpath
Already Registered? Login Here
Friday, 23 March 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

What our customers say

We've an App too

Did you know that we have an iFootopath App? - includes all walks with directions and a live map...

No need to print and no more wrong turns....

Get the iFootpath App

appstore  en badge web generic

Click top right X to close.

Do you want to download the GPX/GPS for this Walk?

Did you know that we have an iFootopath App? - includes all walks with directions and a live map powered by the GPX file? - Find out more...

We have an FAQ for GPX files, how to download them and how to translate them for use on a Garmin etc - Click here for help 

Know what you are doing? - then just dismiss this notice and click the GPX icon again.

Get the iFootpath App

appstore  en badge web generic

Click top right X to close.


The length of our walking guides is given in miles and rounded to the nearest full mile (whole number) for simplicity. For short walks (of less than 2 miles) or walks that have a length that ends in .5, a more accurate walk length may be given in the first section of the walk introduction. For example, the Length in the header may be listed as 6 miles, and the introduction may confirm that the exact length of the walk is 5.5 miles. The walk length is calculated from the GPS file that was created by the walk author GPS tracking the walk whilst walking, using the iFootpath App GPS Tracker, meaning it is very accurate. Our bespoke tracker is particularly detailed and plots a walkers position about every 10 seconds. The tracker is calibrated to match two other reputable map and walking sources, Ordnance Survey and Nike. As with all standardised walk and map lengths, the distance does not take account of hills and slopes, just the distance you would measure using a piece of string on a flat map version of the terrain, so hilly walks will feel longer than stated. If you track the route using another GPS App or Tracker App or Fitness Device, you can expect the distance you record to be different due to different calibrations. This is particularly true of those Apps and devices that count your motion and steps – these can only guess the distance you have travelled with each step and so are much less accurate.

Grade (Boots)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult the terrain is that you will encounter along the way. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. It takes into account things like hills, path surfaces and obstacles (like stiles, gates, steps and rock scrambles). An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 Boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well-worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 Boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles that require scrambling with your hands. Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

NOTE: Do be aware that the level of stamina required for any walk will vary depending on both the walk length and the difficulty grade - you should only walk within your limits.

Click top right X to close.