Chester Virtual Stroll: route map

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Chester: A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls

Our Route Map


"A very delectable walk, feeding the eye, on the one side, with the sweet gardens and fine buildings of the city;
and on the other side with a prospect of many miles into the county of Chester, into Wales and into the sea"

William Webb 1615

We recommend that you join us to commence our virtual exploration of the unique and beautiful City Walls of Chester at The Northgate- number one on our sketch map- from where we will progress sedately around the two-mile circuit in a clockwise direction. You are, however, most welcome to join us at any of the following locations, as your time, energy and curiosity suits- a click on one of the links below will take you straight there. Search our site in detail with Google..
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The Red line on our map represents the circuit of the City Walls as we know them today. The Blue line indicates the approximate area included within the original Roman fortress and Purple indicates the location of Chester's unique covered shopping galleries known as the Rows

A Brief Introduction to Chester

1. The Northgate

2. The North Wall

3. The Phoenix Tower

4. The Kaleyard Gate

5. Chester Cathedral

6. The Eastgate

7. The Newgate & The Wolfgate

8. The Chester Amphitheatre

9. St. John the Baptist Church

10. The 'Roman Garden'

11. The River Dee

12. The Bridgegate

13. Chester Castle / 2

To help you make the most of your visit...

chester guided walksDuring the summer, exploring the two mile circuit of City Walls can be exhausting during the hottest part of the day- consider instead walking in the early morning or in the evening, when things are quieter, and the Walls and much of their surroundings can look particularly beautiful. But fear not- as we shall discover, there are many pleasant spots along the way to rest and ample opportunities for partaking of all manner of refreshments..

Our ancient City Walls and unique covered walkways known as The Rows are lovingly maintained but inevitably contain uneven surfaces and steep steps that are likely to prove an obstacle to prams, wheelchairs and those of you who have difficulty walking. There are however, a number of ramps which will allow you access to limited stretches of the Walls. You will find these at the Kaleyard Gate (point 4 on our map) on Park Street near the Newgate and close to the Albion pub (7) the Castle (11) and near Bonewaldesthorne's Tower (16).

Moreover, most of the western part of the circuit is at pavement level, and therefore easily accessible to all- but do please mind the traffic!

Our Chester Virtual Stroll is but the latest in a long line of guides to the splendours of our ancient city, but the first to be published exclusively on the World Wide Web, instantly and freely available to you, wherever you may be. One wonders what the guides of yesteryear such as Thomas Hughes, Joseph Hemingway or Lucian the Monk would have made of it?

Bear in mind that our intention is not to present a definitive history of the City of Chester, many of which already exist- British History Online's comprehensive A History of the County of Chester being by far the finest online example- but rather to give you a pleasant and illuminating day out with a few anecdotes, pictures and personal comments thrown in. Nevertheless, if you do need specific information about Chester, Liverpool or their surrounding areas, don't hesitate to get in touch and I will do my best to help. All your letters will be answered- and may even be published on our Reader's Comments pages.

If you're planning to visit Chester, you're welcome to print these pages and bring them with you- a better companion by far than most tourist guidebooks. However, you must not use any of this material for commercial or other purposes without talking to us first...

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"A very young boy, for a trifling wager, ran twice around the City Walls of Chester (three miles and a half) in 23 minutes; numerous spectators were present, who deemed it a very extraordinary pedestrian exploit, particularly as the youth was only 12 years of age." The Sporting Magazine, May 21st 1792

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If you think this, our 'Virtual Stroll'
is informative & entertaining,
that's nothing compared to our real guided walks!
Join us to explore Chester's world-famous circuit of ancient City Walls- the most complete in Britain- and discover the rest of our lovely city as well.
Quick introductory tours or lengthy and detailed study walks upon specific themes, the choice is yours. Available all year round, reasonably priced, friendly, informal and very informative. Hear stirring tales you'll never find in a guide book- you'll never forget Chester!
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