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Chester is easy to reach by canal boat. The Shropshire Union Canal meanders across Rural Chester offering superb views of the surrounding countryside and forms part of the Cheshire Ring, the longest canal network of any county in Britain stretching over 151 kilometres. Cheshire has more canals than Venice and they are equally attractive with their humpback bridges and acres of lush dairyland along their banks.
The Shropshire Union Canal skirts Chester’s City Walls – the most complete in Britain – and follows the line of a Roman fosse or ditch built to protect the Fortress of Deva 2000 years ago.
Just outside the Walls is the Canal Basin, to reach it you’ll need to pass through the staircase locks, although it’s well worth the effort. Nearby is the Water Tower built to guard entry to the Port of Chester in the Middle Ages. Here you can easily access the City, where you’ll find great treasures from the past including the unique two-tier Rows, the largest Amphitheatre and oldest Racecourse in Britain, a beautiful 900 year old Cathedral and the Eastgate Clock, the most photographed in the world after Big Ben.
Plan your visit to Cheshire now. Browse the list of attractions, places to eat, stay, boat hire companies and marinas along the Shropshire Union Canal below:
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