Free Download – Full Set of Council Cycle Route Maps!

CWAC Cycle Route Map Network

CWAC Cycle Route Map Network

The Campaign is pleased to be able to offer for free download the full series of coloured route maps produced by Cheshire West and Chester Council.  The set of ten maps have been produced by the council as a guide to the main cycle routes into and across the city.  These colourful and attractive maps can be downloaded using the links below.

We suggest that if you are not familiar with Chester, you may wish to use the maps in conjunction with a good street map of the city.  This will enable you to get a better idea of how the routes may be used to help you get to your chosen destination.  Please note that these maps were not produced by the Chester Cycling Campaign, nor were we involved in their conception or design.  We are making them available as digital downloads on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council, to whom any comments about the maps should be directed.  

The ten maps indicates some of the safest routes around the city and into the city centre from residential areas in and around Chester.  Each of the different coloured routes is signposted with colour coordinated signs along the route.  Below are details of each route with download links.

Happy cycling!

Black Route – Boughton Heath

Providing the villages of Boughton Heath and Huntington with a route through to Chester City Centre, the 2 ½ mile Black Route takes advantage of the canal tow path to lead riders into the city centre via Frodsham Street. The route passes by Christleton Road Shops, the Bishop’s Blue Coat School and Caldy Valley Nature Park.

Blue Route – City Centre

Providing a 2 ¾ mile circular loop around Chester City Centre, the predominately off road route is ideal as a leisure ride or a regular commuter route to work. Passing by Grosvenor Park, the River Dee, the Roman Walls, Chester Racecourse and the Shropshire Union Canal there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

Brown Route – Canal Towpath

The 8 mile Brown Route connects the villages of Waverton and Christleton with Chester City Centre and the University. Passing by some of the area’s key industrial and heritage features including the Victoria Mill in Waverton, the Lead Shot Tower, the Roman Walls, King Charles’ Tower, Watergate Tower, the Canal Basin providing an off-road route to the Zoo via the Pink Route at Caughall.

Green Route – Greenway

The 7 ½  mile Green Route runs between Mickle Trafford and Saughall. Most of the route follows the Greenway, an off-road route which continues past Saughall to Deeside and North Wales. The route passes Guilden Sutton, Newton, Hoole, Northgate Village, The University and Blacon.

Pink Route – Chester Zoo

The 3 ½ mile Pink Route provides a direct route from the city centre to Chester Zoo via Northgate Village, Newton and Upton. The route passes by the Northgate Arena, Northgate Ponds, Upton Library, Upton Heath Shops and near to Upton High School.

Purple Route – Westminster Park

Connecting Westminster Park and Lache with Chester City Centre, the 2 mile Purple Route takes advantage of the off road cycle path along Wrexham Road. The route to the city centre will take you across the Dukes Drive down through the village of Handbridge before heading over the Old Dee Bridge into Lower Bridge Street.

Scarlet Route – Hoole / Vicars Cross

The Scarlet Route links the city centre with Hoole (1 mile) and Vicars Cross (1 ¾ miles). The route takes advantage of the canal tow path, heading out past the Lead Shot Tower. As you leave the tow path at Hoole Lane Lock, follow the route left to Hoole Lane. The route splits here, follow the signs ahead for Hoole and to the right for Vicars Cross.

Silver Route – Blacon

Blacon is 2 miles from Chester City Centre. The Silver Route provides the Blacon area with routes to the city centre. The routes run from the shopping area on Blacon Avenue and from the library on Western Avenue using low traffic routes to the city centre, via the University campus on Cheyney Road.

Turquoise Route – Sealand Road

The 2 ½ mile Turquoise Route links the Greyhound Park with Blacon and the city centre (Northgate Street) via Sealand Road.  Excellent off road cycle paths along Sealand Road provide access to the Chester West Business Park, Sealand Road Industrial Estate and the Greyhound Retail Park.

White Route – Deva Link / Bache

The 2 ½ mile White Route provides excellent access to the retail and business parks located along Sealand Road for people living in the Upton, Newton and Bache areas. The route connects Blacon and the Bache areas to Chester Zoo via a combination of off-road and on-road cycle ways.


Try the Online Cycle Route Planner

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In partnership with our colleagues in the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, the Chester Cycling Campaign is pleased to offer an online cycle route planner for Chester.  The planner allows you to plan a cycle route between any two places with the results presented in three ways:

  • Fastest Route
  • Quietest Route
  • Shortest Route

CycleStreets will also tell you the overall length of your trip and how long the trip will take at various cycling speeds.  It also displays ‘Quietness Rating’ for each route.

Click here to plan your route!


List of Cycle Friendly Cafes Near Chester

Our friends in the Chester and North Wales CTC group have published a definitive guide to cycle-friendly cafes within cycling distance of Chester.  So when planning a cycle ride, you can use this list to plan your refreshment stops.  The list includes a wealth of information about each cafe, including opening times, directions, OS grid references, and telephone numbers.

The production of this list is an example of the services which the CTC provides to its members.  All Chester cyclists should consider joining the CTC to experience the camaraderie and support that the organisation provides. The link below takes you to the CTC website and the list of cafes.

CTC List of Cycle Friendly Cafes

 A late addition which is to be added to the list:

The Cake Fairies
Address: 3 Old Port Square, Earls Port, Chester, CH1 4JP
Telephone: 01244 665889
Website:  http://www.wix.com/chester_/thecakefairie
Open 7 days.  11 am to 3 pm on Sundays.  Sandwiches, soups, cakes, jacket potatoes, and various breakfasts. 

 

 


River Dee Round

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riverdeeroundThe River Dee round is a safe, completely traffic-free loop of 24 kms (15 miles). It follows the National Cycle Network Route 5 to the west of the city as far as Hawarden Bridge, returning via the riverside cycle path along the River Dee.

Chester Cycling Campaign’s seven Family Cycle Rides have been planned with all members of the family in mind. The routes use quiet lanes, established cycle routes and canal tow paths wherever possible, except for some occasional short sections on busier roads. All rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length, and are suitable for families with children, either riding their own bikes or riding on a trailer bike. Some rides include short off-road sections. The directions for these rides also include a description of a minor road alternative.

Route Grading: (A) Quiet Route – This is a route with long stretches of off-road cycleway.

Click on the link below to open a PDF leaflet of the ride containing a colour map of the route which you can view or print.

Download “The River Dee Round” Ride Leaflet

River Dee Round Map

River Dee Round Map


The Backford Beat

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canalThe Backford Beat explores the countryside to the north of Chester. It follows the canal towpath north to Caughall, and takes in Stanney Woods Country Park. The 26 km (17 mile) route uses National Cycle Network Route 56 and the canal towpath to return to the city.

Chester Cycling Campaign’s seven Family Cycle Rides have been planned with all members of the family in mind. The routes use quiet lanes, established cycle routes and canal tow paths wherever possible, except for some occasional short sections on busier roads. All rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length, and are suitable for families with children, either riding their own bikes or riding on a trailer bike. Some rides include short off-road sections. The directions for these rides also include a description of a minor road alternative.

Route Grading: (A) Quiet Route – This is a route with long stretches of off-road cycleway.

Click on the link below to open a PDF leaflet of the ride containing a colour map of the route which you can view or print.

Download “The Backford Beat” Ride Leaflet

Backford Beat Map

Backford Beat Map


The Hockenhull Hobble

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hockenhallThe Hockenhull Hobble explores the countryside to the SE of Chester, including Christleton Pond, Bruera and Hargarave villages, and Hockenhull Platts. The route is 33 km (20 miles) long. There is a short off-road section over the interesting ‘Roman Bridges’, a series of pack horse bridges along a wooded path.

Chester Cycling Campaign’s seven Family Cycle Rides have been planned with all members of the family in mind. The routes use quiet lanes, established cycle routes and canal tow paths wherever possible, except for some occasional short sections on busier roads. All rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length, and are suitable for families with children, either riding their own bikes or riding on a trailer bike. Some rides include short off-road sections. The directions for these rides also include a description of a minor road alternative.

Route Grading: (B) Some Traffic – This is a route on quiet lanes where some light traffic is to be expected.

Click on the link below to open a PDF leaflet of the ride containing a colour map of the route which you can view or print.

Download “The Hockenhull Hobble” Ride Leaflet

Hockenhull Hobble Map

Hockenhull Hobble Map

 


The Capenhurst Caper

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fatherdaughterThe Capenhurst Caper is a 26 km (18 mile) route, exploring the countryside to the north of Chester. It makes use of National Cycle Routes 56 and 5, as well as quiet country lanes and canal towpaths. There is a short section on a bridleway which has a surface suitable for bicycles. Highly recommended route.

Chester Cycling Campaign’s seven Family Cycle Rides have been planned with all members of the family in mind. The routes use quiet lanes, established cycle routes and canal tow paths wherever possible, except for some occasional short sections on busier roads. All rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length, and are suitable for families with children, either riding their own bikes or riding on a trailer bike. Some rides include short off-road sections. The directions for these rides also include a description of a minor road alternative.

Route Grading: (B) Some Traffic – This is a route on quiet lanes where some light traffic is to be expected.

Click on the link below to open a PDF leaflet of the ride containing a colour map of the route which you can view or print.

Download “The Capenhurst Caper” Ride Leaflet

Capenhurst Caper Map

Capenhurst Caper Map

 


The Manley Meander

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boybikeThe Manley Meander explores the countryside to the east of Chester, taking in places of interest such as Christleton Pond and the Manley Windsurfing Centre. The route is 27 km (17 miles) in length, with no off-road sections.

Chester Cycling Campaign’s seven Family Cycle Rides have been planned with all members of the family in mind. The routes use quiet lanes, established cycle routes and canal tow paths wherever possible, except for some occasional short sections on busier roads. All rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length, and are suitable for families with children, either riding their own bikes or riding on a trailer bike. Some rides include short off-road sections. The directions for these rides also include a description of a minor road alternative.

Route Grading: (C) Care Required – This is a route which has short sections on roads which may be busier at times.

Click on the link below to open a PDF leaflet of the ride containing a colour map of the route which you can view or print.

Download “The Manley Meander” Ride Leaflet

Manley Meander Map

Manley Meander Map

 


The Dodleston Doddle

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femalegreenThe Dodleston Doddle explores a mixture of countryside and more urban areas to the south-west of Chester, including Dodleston, Gorstella, Lower Kinnerton and Westminster Park. The route is 26 km (16 miles) in length with no off-road sections.

Chester Cycling Campaign’s seven Family Cycle Rides have been planned with all members of the family in mind. The routes use quiet lanes, established cycle routes and canal tow paths wherever possible, except for some occasional short sections on busier roads. All rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length, and are suitable for families with children, either riding their own bikes or riding on a trailer bike. Some rides include short off-road sections. The directions for these rides also include a description of a minor road alternative.

Route Grading: (C) Care Required – This is a route which has short sections on roads which may be busier at times.

Click on the link below to open a PDF leaflet of the ride containing a colour map of the route which you can view or print.

Download “The Dodleston Doddle” Ride Leaflet

Dodleston Doddle Map

Dodleston Doddle Map

 


The Zoo Circular

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Family with Bikes at Chester ZooThe Chester Zoo Circular is a short, circular route of 13 kms (8 miles). It follows the canal towpath for the outward journey to Chester Zoo, and then follows NCN Route 56 and NCN Route 5 through Newton back to the starting point at Northgate Arena.

Chester Cycling Campaign’s seven Family Cycle Rides have been planned with all members of the family in mind. The routes use quiet lanes, established cycle routes and canal tow paths wherever possible, except for some occasional short sections on busier roads. All rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length, and are suitable for families with children, either riding their own bikes or riding on a trailer bike. Some rides include short off-road sections. The directions for these rides also include a description of a minor road alternative.

Route Grading: (A) Quiet Route – This is a route with long stretches of off-road cycleway.

Click on the link below to open a PDF leaflet of the ride containing a colour map of the route which you can view or print.

Download “The Zoo Circular” Ride Leaflet

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Zoo Circular Map

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