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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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  • August 20, 2017
    I think calling this part courses part of the Shropshire Union Canal and Chester City. I take a walk along the Canal.
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  • August 20, 2017
    You can walk for miles! Start in Chester and walk to Chester Zoo along the canal. About 90 minutes. Or go the other way out towards Huntingdon. No refreshments other than in the city centre  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Lovely place to take a walk down. Especially in the sun! There are coffee shops and eating places. Quiet spots too. Not many places to sit i.e benches. Steps outside Waitrose are a good place to peopl...  more »

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