GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Along the River Dee from Chester to Connah's Quay

6 miles (10 km)

Follow the River Dee from England into Wales on this easy waterside walk or cycle. The route starts on the England and Wales border at Chester and follows a good riverside path to Connah's Quay in Wales. You'll pass Saltney Bridge and Queensferry Bridge before finishing at Hawarden Bridge at Connah's Quay.
It's a good surfaced path which is great for cyclists looking for a safe, traffic free ride. It runs along National Cycle Network Route 568 with nice views of the surrounding countryside.
Near the end of the route you'll find the delightful Wepre Park. You could extend your exercise by exploring the 160 acre country park with its river, waterfall and the 12th century ruins of Ewloe Castle. Also nearby is the fascinating ruins of Flint Castle with views over the Dee Estuary.
In Chester you can explore the city on the Chester Walls Walk. There's much to enjoy with more views of the River Dee and a visit to a number of interesting historical sites.
To turn it into a circular route you could pick up the Chester Millennium Greenway. This popular traffic free ride takes you along a disused railway line from Connah's Quay to Mickle Trafford.

Along the River Dee from Chester to Connah's Quay OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Along the River Dee from Chester to Connah's Quay Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

GT's Bar and Grill is a great choice for some post walk refreshments. There's a splendid large garden to sit out in on warmer days and it's located just a stones throw away from the famous Wepre Park. It's easily accessible from the A55 and can be found on Wepre Lane at postcode CH5 4JR.
On the nearby Hawarden Estate there's a farm shop with a nice cafe which you could head to after your walk. It serves warming breakfasts, delicious light lunches, and tea with scones and cake. There's also an outdoor seating area for the summer months. You can find it on Chester Road at postcode CH5 3FB for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The route links with the Burton Marshes Greenway around the Deeside Industrial Park and Hawarden Bridge. The shared cycling and walking trail will take you north through the RSPB's Burton Mere Wetlands where you can look out for a wide variety of birdlife on the River Dee Estuary.

Photos

Deeside (21140554315)

Deeside

Jubilee Bridge - Queensferry, Wales (2015)

The Jubilee Bridge, in Queensferry, Wales, is a double-leaf bascule bridge completed in 1927. It is a Grade II Listed building in the U.K.

River Dee by Connah's Quay - geograph.org.uk - 198883

River Dee by Connah's Quay. This was taken from the Flintshire Bridge, towards Queensferry.

River Dee, Queensferry 1

View of River Dee at Queensferry, Deeside, Flintshire, Wales as seen from the B5441 blue bridge.

View of the River Dee from Hawarden Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1131830

View of the River Dee from Hawarden Bridge. Looking southeast along the River Dee breakwater from the walkway alongside Hawarden Bridge railway bridge. The broad area on the right is designed to flood at times of exceptional high tide to ease the pressure on the river banks. The treeline indicates the line of the higher bank, which no one in the area wants to see over-topped.

Hawarden Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 2431940

Hawarden Bridge. The bridge was built by theManchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway(which later became theGreat Central Railway), as part of theChester & Connah's Quay Railway. It opened on 3 August 1889. National Cycle Route 5crosses the River Dee on the path, adjacent to the railway line.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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