Chester Railway Path

Route Details

  • From - To: Connah's Quay - Canal Basin, Chester
  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Terrain: Tarmac surface; Traffic-free and fairly flat.
  • Access: Nearest rail stations are Hawarden Bridge, Shotton and Chester
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 5

Route Description

This route is the ideal undemanding ride, following the former Mickle Trafford to Dee Marsh railway line from Connah's Quay into the centre of Chester.

Fairly flat and traffic-free, the route has directly linked railway stations at either end (Shotton; Chester) providing the option to cycle/walk one way and return by train. 

Begin at Hawarden Bridge and cross the Dee to the north side. Pass through farmland with the Clwyd Hills as a backdrop before crossing the England Wales border and heading into Chester. As you approach Chester, the railway path crosses the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal (National Route 45), which provides an excellent link to the centre of town.

Chester is an attractive city surrounded by medieval walls with fragments dating back to Saxon and even Roman times; Roman archaeological finds and displays on local history can be seen at the Grosvenor Museum, and the route travels right past the 13th century Chester Cathedral.   

As well as its wonderful old buildings Chester is also home to England’s largest zoo, and was recently voted the best shopping city in the country.

Consider making your return journey on the excellent National Route 568 which runs alongside the River Dee.

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Things to see and do

This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway

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Towpath Code

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

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This route connects the historic city of Chester to the Wharf at Connah's Quay. The path takes you along an old railway line and is an attractive open ride from the north side of Chester out into the Wirral’s rich arable farmlands.

8 miles