The Old Harkers Arms and Chester City Walk

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Chester, Cheshire, England

The Old Harkers Arms and Chester City Walk is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Chester, Cheshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 249 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

River

Views

Wildlife

City walk

Historic site

Pub walk

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Getting There

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.

The walk starts and finishes from the Old Harkers Arms, on Russell Street (directly alongside the canal) in Chester. Approximate post code CH3 5AL. The pub does not have a car park, so if you are coming by car you'll need to park in one of the paid car parks in Chester. The nearest ones are the rail station car park (CH1 3NS) and Browns Yard car park on Bold Place, off York Street (CH1 3LZ).

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Kate Walsh
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Hiking

This was a good urban walk through my hometown. The section through the Grosvenor park seemed a bit convoluted in winter when everything is cut back but in summer I can imagine the meandering route would be nice through the flowers. I’m a bit surprised the route doesn’t take you through the Roman Gardens that runs parallel to Souters Lane - well worth the diversion for very little extension onto the trip. If you are on your own, the section along River Lane is a little isolated. An alternative to this is to cut across The field to Westminister Green and through Brown Lane to the cemetery. The section along the canal around the walls at northgate is fascinating archaeology and geology but the path is narrow next to the canal and some may find that combined with the steep walls a bit claustrophobic. If you at all anxious about this I would recommend sticking to the walls higher up all the way around to the cathedral and then exiting out onto Frodsham Street and turn left to rejoin the canal there. Again, this adds very little extra to the route and has its own interesting things to find. Firm under foot, no mud to worry about.

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Andrew Carr
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Great walk around Chester

Peter Merricks
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First to Review

Very enjoyable walk with a mixture of city walls and parks.

Ammar Alhassan
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Peter Chambers
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Steve Walsh
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Michael Robinson
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Ciaran Smith
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