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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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  • Always nice to amble along next to a canal. There were plenty of boats using the water - so nice to see the canals still being so well used. Good for a quiet walk, but still close enough to the hussle...  more »
  • We stayed in a Premier Inn outside the city,and walked in to the city every day,and to the Railway Station.Barges and locks,plenty of wildlife,and places of historical interest,with information boards...  more »
  • Pleasant walk in Glorious sunshine and being able to sit by the canal side. Nice pint and just watch the ducks go up and down  more »