Try the Dee Marshes Route

Cyclist on Boardwalk Across Burton Point Marshes
Cyclist on Boardwalk Across Burton Point Marshes

The cyclepath link between Deeside Industrial Park, Burton and Neston is one of the jewels in the crown of Chester’s cycling infrastructure.  Sustrans, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Flintshire County Council constructed a 3m wide cyclepath running adjacent to the Railway line and the MOD Sealand Range. The path then crosses the marsh on a raised wooden boardwalk before connecting Burton, Little Neston, and Neston with additional sections of tarmacked pathway.

There is no direct access to the RSPB reserve or Ness Gardens from the route.  So if you plan to visit either of these, you need to leave the route and enter using the access used by motorised traffic.

There are refreshments available at the Harp pub which has a great beer garden overlooking the estuary and in Parkgate, including the famous ice cream shop.

Nettie's Cafe at Burton Marshes
Nettie’s Cafe at Burton Marshes

There is also a cyclist friendly cafe at Denhall Lane, Net’s Cafe. The cafe is open every day, 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Click on the link below for a map of the access point from the Deeside Industrial Park.

 Burton Marsh NCN 568 Map of Access from Deeside Industrial Park 

The Chester Cycling Campaign highly recommends this vital, safe, and traffic free link between the Wirral and the NCN Route 5 to Connah’s Quay, Flint, Prestatyn, Conway and beyond.


  1. I’m a mountain bike rider and walker and have used this particular path for both walking and riding. You get good and bad in both worlds but cyclists tend not to leave dog poo everywhere. Sorry but before dog owners say it is only a very small minority that do this the evidence clearly suggests otherwise, it’s everywhere you go.

  2. I only discovered this route this year, as i only recently began cycling, after many years bereft of a bicycle. Yes, there is sheep muck and a lot of gates, but the ride is superb and I often begin from Sealand, or Deeside Industrial Estate zone 3, where there is no good parking and marked cycle lanes. I have experienced problems with cyclists, on what appear to be time trials, who give me and my arthritic knees little room. Some cyclists will insist on not giving way at all, but most are courteous. I ring my bell for walkers, who I must say, cause me the most worry, as they often meander along regardless, or can’t control their dogs. There are signs along the Greenway and up the Wirral Way, which ask dog owners to keep their dogs on leads, but sadly, there are some owners, who ignore this, but are not able to control the dog, which can result in calamity. I was spoken to quite badly by someone as I rang my bell. to warn of my approach. I don’t understand the rudeness. It is a cycle and pedestrian route for all, and we all need to be courteous and considerate toward each other. I cycle off road to avoid cars and wagons and the impatience on the roads, only to be met with it to a certain extent on the cycle paths, which is a shame, as the route is wonderful and there’s the lovely Net’s cafe entice the bacon and cake lovers!!

  3. I’m I right in thinking that this is a cycle route . Built to link the Wirral , Cheshire and Wales national cycle way.

  4. I walked today (midday Sunday) this route for first time with a dog on a lead from Harp Inn to Sealand Ranges and back. There were literally hundreds of cyclists. I had to give way to single cyclists and groups of up to 10 continually. They all seemed to believe it was purely a cycle route and walkers were in their way. Sometimes they were two or three abreast and some at great speed. It was very unpleasant and other walkers were saying the same. I often couldnt hear them till they were a yard behind me. I lost count of times I had to pull into a patch of nettles. Does anyone know when is a good time to walk without so much cycle traffic please?

    • On behalf of ignorant cyclists (I’m one with manners) I apologize. There are unfortunately a number of cyclists who thinm they’re in the TDF and won’t slow down and consider others. There are also numerous so called “serious riders” who look upon ringing a warning bell in good time as some sort of weakness, and having a bell on their bike in the first place, as something only lesser riders have.
      Having said that there ARE numerous dog owners who don’t have their dog under control on a lead and allow the dog to wander left, right, and always which can be dangerous to both cyclists and dogs even at low speeds.
      I think ALL OF US need to be considerate to others and understand each others viewpoint.

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