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Chester Canal, Chester

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The Chester Canal was an English canal linking the south Cheshire town of Nantwich with the River Dee at Chester. It was intended to link Chester to Middlewich, with a branch to Nantwich, but the Trent and Mersey Canal were unco-operative about a junction at Middlewich, and so the route to Nantwich was opened in 1779. There were also difficulties negotiating with the River Dee Company, and with no possibility of through traffic, the canal was uneconomic. Part of it was closed in 1787, when Beeston staircase locks collapsed, and there was no money to fund repairs. When the Ellesmere Canal was proposed in 1790, the company saw it as a ray of hope, and somehow managed to keep the struggling canal open. The Ellesmere Canal provided a link to the River Mersey at Ellesmere Port from 1797, and the fortunes of the Chester Canal began to improve.

The Ellesmere Canal was also building branches in North Wales, which were intended to link up to the River Dee at Chester, but eventually linked to the Chester Canal at Hurleston Junction, just to the north of Nantwich, in 1805. The canal then became the middle section of a much longer and more profitable canal.
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  • Chester Canal is one of those things that you will enjoy it can get smelly on a hot day, but then again its been here so long so would you smell a bit, you can walk at the bottom of the Roman Walls, f...  more »
  • We had a short walk along the canal, but only at night. I was surprised it wasn’t more lit up - it was quite dark to walk along. It was a nice walk and there were a few bars / restaurants along the wa...  more »
  • The canal offers some great city views and is near some great restaurants. The canal barges and seeing the swans is great.  more »