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Best trails in Chester

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Looking for a great trail near Chester, Cheshire? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Borsdane Woods or Clifton County Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 13 easy trails in Chester ranging from 0.7 to 13.6 miles and from 16 to 298 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Chester
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#1 - Raw Head Circular
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
#2 - Chester City Walls
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
A 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. Show more
#3 - The Old Harkers Arms and Chester City Walk
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
A circular pub walk from the Old Harkers Arms in Chester, Cheshire. The Old Harkers Arms is a proper old city of London boozer, only in Chester, that is set close to the commercial and professional heart of the city. The walking route follows a trail exploring some of the highlights that the city offers the canal towpath, the old city walls, the famous racecourse, the River Dee and several of Chester's beautiful parks. The walk follows solid well-made paths and there are just a couple of inclines on route. There are no gates or stiles to negotiate, just a few flights of steps. Approximate time 2 hours. Show more
#4 - Chester Meadows and River Dee
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
The River Dee is a river in the United Kingdom. It flows through parts of both Wales and England, forming part of the border between the two countries. Show more
#5 - River Dee and the South
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
#6 - The Architect and River Dee Walk (Non-Chester Race Days Version)
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
NOTE: There are two versions of this walk. 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 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. Show more
#7 - The Grosvenor Arms and Aldford Walk
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
A (extendable along a riverside path) circular pub walk from the Grosvenor Arms in Aldford, Cheshire. The Grosvenor Arms is a charming pub with well-spaced rooms and a great outside terrace leading into a small but very pleasing garden. From the outside it appears a rather austere Victorian governess of a building, but once inside it's very welcoming. The walking route explores the village of Aldford and follows a lovely peaceful stretch of the River Dee, visiting the impressive local iron bridge on route. Aldford is an immaculately kept 19th century model estate village with a church, village hall, post office and the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle. The walk is almost entirely flat and there are a few kissing gates/gates but no stiles. The riverside path is uneven and can get muddy/overgrown so robust footwear and long trousers are recommended. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours. Show more
#8 - Chester Ultra Marathon Course
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 50.5 mi
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#9 - Chester Zoo to Manchester Ship Canal
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 21 m
#10 - Chester City Walk
Chester, Cheshire, England
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
This walk is highly recommended. Outside of two very beautiful shopping streets you would probably miss out on lots of nice places around it. Walk through the park, along canals where there is a lot of ambiance and over a historic Roman bridge. A little later it goes along the banks of River Dee and along the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. However, nothing is left of this. Walk on the medieval city walls, through old city gates and in tiny alleys. Finally, stroll along some beautiful, ancient Gothic churches and through characterful streets with charming shops. Chester has a rich history that goes back to the time of the Romans. They wanted to make this place the capital of their province of Brittanica. The city is very charming with many medieval buildings and very beautiful half-timbered houses similar to those in Strasbourg. The medieval touch together with the presence of water sometimes reminds one of Bruges. The historic center is almost completely surrounded, which makes Chester really special. The city wall of about 3 kilometers was laid by the Romans and was regularly adapted during the Middle Ages. Since 1200 the wall has remained unchanged. The wall encloses Victorian and Tudorian buildings in the center and is an ideal way to further explore Chester. With the tourist information they also distribute leaflets that provide extra information for walkers on the wall. Stroll in the center, certainly along The Rows, four medieval shopping streets that fan out diagonally between the two central streets. These molts are flanked by beautiful covered shopping galleries in two floors with numerous original small shops and restaurants. Do not skip the St. John The Baptist Church. This photogenic site combines a church of more than 1000 years old with the ruins of an attached Gothic monastery. It is reminiscent of a small version of the mysterious and also photogenic Villers-la-Ville in Belgium. The city certainly offers enough variety to amuse you for half a day. Also stop in the Roman museum and visit the Gothic cathedral. Chester can easily be a full-day trip.Show more
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