• Carolyn Bell

Favourite Dog Walking Places in and around Chester

As lockdown eases its great to be able to explore the many great dog walks we have in and around Chester. Whether you are looking for a local park for a quick run around and play with other sociable dogs or a more challenging route to tire out the more active dog, Chester has it all on the doorstep. Some of our favourite walks can be found at https://www.allcreaturesuk.co.uk/walks but here are our top 5 dog walks.


Roman Bridges, Tarvin

Living between Great Barrow and Tarvin the Beagles are lucky to enjoy many lovely walks from the doorstep (particularly useful during lockdown!) but our favourite has to be the one that takes in the picturesque Roman Bridges. The three stone bridges are thought to have been constructed around 1470 and used by pack horses travelling from Chester to London and now runs through the nature reserve run by Cheshire Wildlife Trust. The 5.5 mile walk can be done as a circular route from The Stamford Bridge Country Inn which welcomes Dogs in the bar area, conservatory and extensive beer garden. The Beagles are regulars and always get a warm welcome and a biscuit! For a detailed description of the route The Stamford Bridge Inn has published a leaflet at

https://www.stamfordbridgeinn.co.uk/walks/StamfordBridgeWalks.pdf


Beeston Castle, Tarporley

Just under 5 miles this walk along the Sandstone Trail can be taken from The Pheasant Inn Pub (can you see a theme emerging!) and takes in the stunning Cheshire views as well scenic views of Beeston Castle, Peckforton Gatehouse and Peckforton Castle. Much of the walk is through woodland and across fields and you can pay an admission charge (English Heritage) to climb up to Beeston Castle to be rewarded with stunning views that extends for miles. Dogs are allowed within the grounds. As well as enjoying the beautiful views the added bonus is finishing the walk with a well earned drink and some fine dining in one of Cheshire's most dog friendly pubs. The staff at The Pheasant Inn give every dog a warm welcome and they're allowed anywhere inside the pub or take one of the benches outside to continue enjoying panoramic views across the Cheshire Plain. With dog friendly accommodation you can always choose to stay over night to explore more of the 34 miles of Sandstone trail. For a detailed description of the walk The Pheasant Inn has published a leaflet which can be viewed at

http://thepheasantinn.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Pheasant-Walks-Leaflet-lowres.pdf


Delamere Forest, Chester

There are loads of great walks to explore the vast woodlands of Delamere Forest but our favourite is to park at Gresty's waste at the top of Kelsall Hill. Cross over the road and follow the track on the right climbing up. It takes you out in to open fields then follow the track round and up to Old Pale Hill. A clear day allows views across seven counties (Cheshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Flintshire and Denbighshire). After taking in the stunning views follow the track down back to the path. A circular route with parking and dog waste bins at the start. Plenty of other routes to explore from the visitor centre where there is also a cafe.

https://sandstonetrail.co.uk/grestys-waste-to-tarporley/


Dukes Drive, Chester

Lovely walk through the Duke of Westminster woodland, along the banks of the River Dee and into Handbridge. Popular walk with the Beagle club not just because we end it with a quick trip to the dog friendly pub The Red Lion! Ample parking and dog waste bins at the beginning of the walk. Guided walks available on Sundays by members of Friends of Dukes Drive. https://www.friendsofdukesdrive.org/


Tegg's Nose Country Park, Cheshire SK11 0AP

Venturing further a field the spectacular views from Tegg's Nose Country Park are definitely worth the drive but be prepared for a more challenging walk with steep climbs over the 2.5 mile route. The route passes through Woodland and Bottom's reservoir and wild landscape and colourful wild flowers adorn the route. Parking (pay and display) and a cafe is available at the visitors centre. Dog waste bins are provided at the beginning of the walk.

http://www.teggsnose.co.uk/


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