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If you are happy in your house, but feel it lacks space or the layout needs changing, the rst
thing to do is decide which areas of the property you would like to extend and improve.
Before you go ahead with any plans, it’s essential
to make sure the work is done by a reputable FMB
builder with the correct planning permission
and building regulations approvals. Otherwise,
when the time comes to move house, you may
nd yourself with a few problems.
“Once you are comfortable with your ideas,
make a list of your priorities, get a scheme drawn
up and then seek planning permission. Once
you have approval, you can choose a builder,
prepare detailed paperwork and get on with the
job - the key then is not to change your mind!”,
says Roy Ilott from the Federation of Master
Builders (FMB).
There are two ways of adding extra living space
to your house:
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extra room without altering the external
appearance of your home. Costing between
£15,000 and £35,000, they can add about 15%
to the value of your house. Most homes built
before 1975 are suitable for a loft conversion,
which adds another room or two in the attic
space. The work takes about 12 weeks and the
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means there shouldn’t be too much disruption
until they break through to build the new stairs.
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good practical space such as a bigger kitchen
or dining room. Costing between £30,000
and £50,000, one-storey extensions are more
common, but a two-storey extension can create
another bedroom or bathroom without going
into the loft. Again, the builders work from
the outside until the existing wall is knocked
through.
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DVDreview
A fairy tale too far?
I
t always worries me slightly
when a lm as obviously
expensive to make as this one,
featuring such an array of stars
(Peter O’Toole, Michelle Pfeier,
Robert de Niro, Sienna Miller,
Ricky Gervais, David Walliams) is
available on DVD quite
so soon. It has evidently failed at
the box oce, so why? Just how
bad is it?
The answer is not at all.
It is a fantasy escape movie in
the grand tradition, a tale of
nding the important qualities
in oneself and others, of nding
true love, of ghting witches
with great and terrible powers, of
mad pirates with split personality
issues and much general
derring¬do. Above all, and as
the presence of some of the cast
would suggest to be the case, it
is very funny. The transformation
by the witch of Mark Williams
(Mr Weasley from the Harry
Potter lms) from a goat
to human form, though
unfortunately
one who retains
his goatish habits
and abilities is
a comic tour de
force. Though
this performance
is purely visual,
there are many
excellent
moments in the
script, which is so
tongue in cheek
as to defuse any
potentially scary
moments for the
younger viewers
immediately, especially when
even the villains so obviously fail
to take themselves seriously.
For me, the weak spot was the
story. For example, the principal
female lead was a star. Yes, a
heavenly body fallen to earth in
human form in order to become
the love interest for our young
hero. Now I realise that this is
merely escapism, but it seemed
an odd premise
and one which
I found myself
questioning
again and again
to the possible
detrimentof
concentrating
on the lm. But
that is probably
because I am
a middle aged
bloke who has
lost the art of
suspending
belief. Better
that I just sit back
and laugh with the rest of them,
because there is plenty to laugh
at: far more than the lm’s early
arrival on DVD would have you
believe.
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pubreview
F
ollowing last month’s excursions out
into the countryside, I thought that this
month I should conne myself within the
realms of suburbia. With this in mind I set
o for Handbridge
to see exactly what
had been done to a
part of my youthful
stamping ground; the
Red Lion. From the hazy
memories of my drink
fuelled excesses of the
early 70’s, the Red was
a simple, honest to
goodness pub with no
pretentions whatever.
Blind Alec’s idea of
culinary sophistication stretched to oering
toothpicks with which to attack your pickled
egg. He was a landlord from the old mould; a
seller of beer. My God, things have altered. I
know all things must change, but to witness
change of this magnitude to somewhere once
so familiar is to feel the bed rock of one’s life
shifting. However, once I had got over the
shock and begun to examine the place with
a less jaundiced eye, it all began to make a
little more sense. The days of the street corner
pub making a living from its wet sales alone
are long gone. Today food is the passage
to survival. If you are situated on the edge
of a town oering the choice of dining that
Chester does, then in order to make a splash
you must be a bit dierent and the Red Lion
has certainly made an eort to achieve that.
The route that they have chosen is that of
a chique City wine bar aiming at those that
want a relaxing drink and meal also at those
returning home from a hard day’s work. But
during my stay there was an encouraging
lunchtime trade, but it still deserved more
attention that it was getting.
I was greeted by a
very pleasant young
waitress who was
busily polishing the
ttings of the already
immaculate counter
in this minimalist, yet
surprisingly comfortable
bar. The curmudgeon
in me was immediately
aronted by an array
of beer pumps with
nothing hand-pulled,
until I noticed with
relief a Timothy Taylor’s sign. A welcome sight
anywhere and in this instance, very well kept
into the bargain.
I asked for a menu and realised how far
removed the place now was from the old Red
Lion I remembered. The menu was delightfully
written, with amusing drink related poems
and a staggering array of very reasonably
priced cocktails. The food portion however,
was limited to several starters and a selection
of lled paninis; further underlining the
attempt to create an essentially Mediterranean
‘café society’ feel to the place. I ordered the
soup of the day, which was a (genuinely)
home made cream of vegetable and but for
a slightly heavy hand with the salt, delicious.
I followed with a toasted Panini lled with
chicken, mozzarella and sweet chilli sauce. It
came with a fabulously dressed salad, home
made minted potato salad and coleslaw.
Seemingly simple, yet perfectly done, very
tasty and £6.15 for the two which would not
buy a couple of sandwiches in a motorway
services. The menu promises an extension
of the food range ’soon’ and if this standard
is maintained, it will be worth another look.
Having soaked up the atmosphere, I stepped
outside half expecting to nd myself in central
Manchester: still being in Handbridge felt
incongruous. If however, you are this side of
town looking for a light lunch, you could do
far worse.
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Handbridge, Chester
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winereview
How do They Do That?
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range are, the price range to go for, or maybe
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I
do get asked a lot how we choose the wines
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insight into how the shop is stocked. The rst
myth to dispel is that we wander around
France dropping randomly into picturesque
little vineyards and haggling with an old guy
in braces and wielding a pair of secateurs; it’s
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There are also quite a lot of portfolio tasting
fairs. This is where a number of importers
and agents come together and show a
range of wines from their list, or sometimes
a single agency will show their entire range
by bringing over all their growers and
winemakers. Contrary to popular belief,
these events aren’t a big free for all where
everyone gets sozzled and has a party - it’s
serious business. There are big three foot
high bins full of sawdust by each table, and
once you’ve swilled and tasted your wine, it
gets spat and thrown into these spittoons.
It’s very bad form to over indulge at these
events - it’s business after all. Before you
even begin tasting, you need to have your
strategy. There are literally hundreds of wines
on show and you cannot possibly taste them
all, so you need to sit down with your listings
booklet and decide where the gaps in your
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Some products arising from the advice given may not be regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
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Grosvenor Park Road, Chester
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Times of Masses
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Vigial Mass: 6.00pm at Rowton Methodist Chapel
9.00am (Sung)
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6pm
MON-FRI 12.15pm
Exposition: Friday 11-12 noon
SATURDAY
Confession 11am - 12pm
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St Columba’s Roman Catholic Church
Plas Newton Lane, Plas Newton
Rev Fr Russell Cooke. Rev Lawrence Hordley.
Times of Masses
SUNDAY
Vigial Mass: 7.15pm
9.15am (Sung) and 6.45 - 7.10pm
11.00am (Sung, Children’s Liturgy)
MON-FRI 9.15am
SATURDAY
Confession: After Morning Mass and 6.45 - 7.10pm
Holy Days.: 9.15am 7.15pm
1 Newhall Road, Plas Newton, Chester CH2 1SA
01244 400873 Fax: 01244 409407
stcolumba@btopenworld.com www.stcolumbachester.org.uk
Cycling for people with disabilities
LIVE, a voluntary group based at New Scene
Youth Centre, Newton Lane, Chester have
Volunteered to supervise the use of 5 hand
bikes, a trike and a duet bike at the Youth
Centre for use on the millennium Cycle
Route, Chester to Deeside (traffic free).
Ordinary bikes have also been provided
and the facility is free of charge. For more
information or to reserve a bike call:
01244 320479
Join Slimming World
Experience a world of support that makes a world of dif-
ference. Discover Food Optomising – the no-diet secret of
weight loss without hunger!
Tues 5.30pm – 7pm
Tel: Katie 01244 401637
A mums,babies and toddler group meets in
Hoole united Reformed Church hall on Hoole
Road every Tuesday morning between
9.30am and 11.30am
Anyone interested in attending should ring
Gwyneth Lewis
On 01244 680445
Hoolitots - (Parents/Carers & Toddlers) Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am to noon
Who Lets the Dads Out - (Dads & Toddlers) one Saturday per month
Trackers Youth Club (& - 11yrs)Thurs 6 – 7 pm
D’Biz Coffee Bar (11 – 16 yrs) Thurs, Fri 4 – 5.30pm
D’Biz Youth Club (11-14yrs) Thurs 8pm
D’Biz Youth Club (15-18yrs) Fri 8pm
D’Biz Football (15-18yrs) Thurs 8pm
Crossway Colts Football (7 – 11 yrs) Sat 10.30am
Holiday Clubs Easter & Summer holidays
Parenting courses please ring for details
Hool e Li ghthouse Centre
68 Westminster Road 01244 342955
H.A.R.A. Centre
Westminster Road, Hoole
Meets each Thursday from
10am – 2pm at the Old Girl’s School
Hoole Art Society
Volunteers are always needed to
help with
Projects to enhance this wildlife
and tidy!
Contact the ‘friends’
01244 343055 Office hours
All Saints Church Vicarage
Road
Join Slimming World
Experience a world of support
that makes a world of differ-
ence. Discover Food Optomising
– the no-diet secret of weight
loss without hunger!
Tues 5.30pm – 7pm
Tel: Katie 01244 401637
Slimming World
Hamilton Street Methodist Church
Hamilton Street, Hoole
Rev Paul Taylor BA
SUNNDAY
Morning Service: 10.30am (Traditional)
Afternoon Fellowship: 4.00pm (Informal)
Services:
6th - Rev Paul Taylor (Sacrament)
13th - Mr Malcolm Pearson
20th – Rev Martin Hardy
27th – Mr Bernard Bentley
01244 321950
To book the Hall or Lounge for Birthday Parties, Meetings or Regular
Events, Contact John Jones on 344583.
Women’s Own
Wed 2.30pm - 3.30pm - New members welcome
Contact Edith Waterson on 383934
Chester Community Toy Library
Open to all children under 5
Meet Thursdays 9.30am to 10.30am and Saturdays
10.00am to 11.30am.
Contact Sally Banks on 317099 for further info
HAMILTON STREET CHURCH GROUPS
Art Exhibition & Sale
Saturday May 10th
All Saints Church
Corner of Vicarage Rd/ Hoole
Road
Hoole
10am – 4pm
Admission & Parking free
Meet on a
Monday 10am – 12pm
The pavilion Wealstone Lane
Enjoy a cuppa and a chat
Millennium Greenway
Upton Together
Slimming World
All Saints Church Vicarage Road
Toddler Group
Community...
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St Werburgh’s Roman Catholic Church
Grosvenor Park Road, Chester
Rev Fr Paul Shaw
Times of Masses
SUNDAY
Vigial Mass: 6.00pm at Rowton Methodist Chapel
9.00am (Sung)
10.45am (Sung)
6pm
MON-FRI 12.15pm
Exposition: Friday 11-12 noon
SATURDAY
Confession 11am - 12pm
01244 350236
werburgh465@btinternet.com
www.stwerburghchester.co.uk
St Columba’s Roman Catholic Church
Plas Newton Lane, Plas Newton
Rev Fr Russell Cooke. Rev Lawrence Hordley.
Times of Masses
SUNDAY
Vigial Mass: 7.15pm
9.15am (Sung) and 6.45 - 7.10pm
11.00am (Sung, Children’s Liturgy)
MON-FRI 9.15am
SATURDAY
Confession: After Morning Mass and 6.45 - 7.10pm
Holy Days.: 9.15am 7.15pm
1 Newhall Road, Plas Newton, Chester CH2 1SA
01244 400873 Fax: 01244 409407
stcolumba@btopenworld.com www.stcolumbachester.org.uk
Cycling for people with disabilities
LIVE, a voluntary group based at New Scene
Youth Centre, Newton Lane, Chester have
Volunteered to supervise the use of 5 hand
bikes, a trike and a duet bike at the Youth
Centre for use on the millennium Cycle
Route, Chester to Deeside (traffic free).
Ordinary bikes have also been provided
and the facility is free of charge. For more
information or to reserve a bike call:
01244 320479
Join Slimming World
Experience a world of support that makes a world of dif-
ference. Discover Food Optomising – the no-diet secret of
weight loss without hunger!
Tues 5.30pm – 7pm
Tel: Katie 01244 401637
A mums,babies and toddler group meets in
Hoole united Reformed Church hall on Hoole
Road every Tuesday morning between
9.30am and 11.30am
Anyone interested in attending should ring
Gwyneth Lewis
On 01244 680445
Hoolitots - (Parents/Carers & Toddlers) Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am to noon
Who Lets the Dads Out - (Dads & Toddlers) one Saturday per month
Trackers Youth Club (& - 11yrs)Thurs 6 – 7 pm
D’Biz Coffee Bar (11 – 16 yrs) Thurs, Fri 4 – 5.30pm
D’Biz Youth Club (11-14yrs) Thurs 8pm
D’Biz Youth Club (15-18yrs) Fri 8pm
D’Biz Football (15-18yrs) Thurs 8pm
Crossway Colts Football (7 – 11 yrs) Sat 10.30am
Holiday Clubs Easter & Summer holidays
Parenting courses please ring for details
Hool e Li ghthouse Centre
68 Westminster Road 01244 342955
H.A.R.A. Centre
Westminster Road, Hoole
Meets each Thursday from
10am – 2pm at the Old Girl’s School
Hoole Art Society
Volunteers are always needed to
help with
Projects to enhance this wildlife
and tidy!
Contact the ‘friends’
01244 343055 Office hours
All Saints Church Vicarage
Road
Join Slimming World
Experience a world of support
that makes a world of differ-
ence. Discover Food Optomising
– the no-diet secret of weight
loss without hunger!
Tues 5.30pm – 7pm
Tel: Katie 01244 401637
Slimming World
Hamilton Street Methodist Church
Hamilton Street, Hoole
Rev Paul Taylor BA
SUNNDAY
Morning Service: 10.30am (Traditional)
Afternoon Fellowship: 4.00pm (Informal)
Services:
6th - Rev Paul Taylor (Sacrament)
13th - Mr Malcolm Pearson
20th – Rev Martin Hardy
27th – Mr Bernard Bentley
01244 321950
To book the Hall or Lounge for Birthday Parties, Meetings or Regular
Events, Contact John Jones on 344583.
Women’s Own
Wed 2.30pm - 3.30pm - New members welcome
Contact Edith Waterson on 383934
Chester Community Toy Library
Open to all children under 5
Meet Thursdays 9.30am to 10.30am and Saturdays
10.00am to 11.30am.
Contact Sally Banks on 317099 for further info
HAMILTON STREET CHURCH GROUPS
Art Exhibition & Sale
Saturday May 10th
All Saints Church
Corner of Vicarage Rd/ Hoole
Road
Hoole
10am – 4pm
Admission & Parking free
Meet on a
Monday 10am – 12pm
The pavilion Wealstone Lane
Enjoy a cuppa and a chat
Millennium Greenway
Upton Together
Slimming World
All Saints Church Vicarage Road
Toddler Group
Community...
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7) Gnasher’s badly behaved owner
8) Desperate Dan’s favourite dish
9) Tintin’s faithful white dog
10) Paul McCartney’s favourite cartoon bear
11) Walt Disney dog with the same name as a planet
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doorstepdiary
your guide to local events
Monday
9am - 11.30am Pre-School (Term Time) Newton School, Kingsway West 314271
9.30am Parents & Toddlers Upton Baptist Church 377142
10am - 11.30am Carers & Toddlers New Church, Dicksons Drive
10.15am - 11.45am Retired Men’s Discussion Group United Reformed Church, Hoole 350591
12.15pm Luncheon Club (older people) United Reformed Church, Hoole 350591
2pm - 4pm Friendly Club (over 50’s) New Church, Dicksons Drive
5pm Rainbows United Reformed Church, Hoole 316231
5.45pm - 6.45pm Weight Watchers County Offcers, Plas Newton Lane
6pm 9th Brownie Guides United Reformed Church, Hoole
8pm Keep Fit United Reformed Church, Hoole 350591
Tuesday
9am - 11.30am Pre-School (Term Time) Newton School, Kingsway West 314271
10am - 12pm Hoolitots Hoole Lighthouse Centre
1.30pm - 3.30pm Hoole Babies/Toddlers United Reformed Church, Hoole 680445
5.30pm Slimming World All Saints Church, Hoole 401637
6.15pm Tuesday Club Upton Baptist Church (7-11yrs) 377142
6.15pm - 7.45pm 7th Chester Brownies Hamilton Street Methodist Church 317813
7pm Slimming World All Saints Church, Hoole 401637
8pm Womens Fellowship United Reformed Church, Hoole (fortnightly) 343632
7pm Deva Flamenco New Scene Youth Centre 383293
Slimming World
All Saints Church Centre, Vicarage Road
Every Tuesday 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.00pm. Tel: Katie on 01244 401637 - All welcome
Wednesday
9.30am Slimming World County Offcers, Plas Newton Lane 536754
9am - 11.30am Pre-School (Term Time) Newton School, Kingsway West 314271
2.30pm - 3.30pm Woman’s Own Hamilton Street Methodist Church
New Member Welcome - Contact Edith Watson Tel: 383934
2.30pm Beavers Hamilton Street Methodist Church 340411
5.30pm & 7pm Slimming World County Offcers, Plas Newton Lane 536754
6pm - 7.15pm 1st Upton Beavers United Reformed Church, Hoole 316231
6.15pm - 7.30pm 21st Chester Brownies St Columbas Church Hall 382761
7.30pm - 9.00pm 21st Chester Guides St Columbas Church Hall 382761
7pm - 9.30pm Scottish Country Dancing Hammond School, Manning’s Lane 545550
7.30pm Singing for Pleasure New Church, Dicksons Drive 351130
Chester Rambling & Hill Walking Club walks alternate Wednesdays Tel: 347742
Wednesday evenings through the summer cycle rides, meeting at the Town Hall at 7pm,
due to start soon, contact Sue on 315669
Thursday
9am - 11.30am Pre-School (Term Time) Newton School, Kingsway West 314271
10am Men’s Fellowship United Reformed Church 350591
10am - 2pm Hoole Art Society HARA Westminster Rd., Hoole
9.30am - 10.30am Chester Community Toy Library Hamilton Street Methodist Church 317813
1.30 - 3.30pm Line dancing St.Columba’s Parish Hall, Newall Road 546286
2pm Ladies Fellowship United Reformed Church, Hoole 350591
4pm - 5.30pm D’Biz Coffee Bar Hoole Lighthouse Centre
6pm - 7pm Trackers Youth Club Hoole Lighthouse Centre (11-14yrs)
6.00pm - 8.00pm 2nd Chester Guides St Michaels Church Hall 371498
6.15pm - 8.00pm Chester Music Society Youth Choirs - Hoole URC Church Hall 300717
7.45pm - 9.15pm 1st Upton Scouts Upton Drive, Upton
8pm D’Biz Youth Club Hoole Lighthouse Centre (11-14yrs)
8pm D’Biz Football Hoole Lighthouse Centre (15-18yrs)
Chester Family History Group meet at County Sports Club, Plas Newton Lane.
Last Thursday in Month. Members £1.20 Visitors £1.50
Friday
9am - 11.30am Pre-School (Term Time) Newton School, Kingsway West 314271
4pm - 5.30pm D’Biz Coffee Bar Hoole Lighthouse Centre
6pm 42nd Chester Scout Group United Reformed Church, Hoole 350591
6pm - 7.30pm 17th Chester Brownies New Church, Dicksons Drive
7.30pm Friday Club (1st/3rd Fridays) Upton Baptist Church (11-16yrs)
7.30pm Play Reading United Reformed Church, Hoole 350591
7.30pm - 9pm 17th Chester Guides New Church, Dicksons Drive
8pm D’Biz Youth Club Hoole Lighthouse Centre
1st Upton Explorers Upton Drive, Upton
Saturday
10am Chester Community Toy Library Hamilton Street Methodist Church 317813
10am Crossways Football Club Hoole Lighthouse Centre (7-11yrs)
9.30am 1st Saturday in month United Reformed Church, Hoole Rambling Club Mr A Wise 374347
Sunday
Ramblers Association. Upton by Chester. Contact John Chilton Tel: 377786
CTC Local cycle rides and events, contact Sue again on 315669
If you run a local group or activity and would like to advertise on this page email: doorstepdiary@livingmagazine.co.uk
Upton & Hoole
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New sections of a purpose-built promenade are now open to
the public alongside the River Dee. Stretching from the Groves
to the Cop Park on Sealand Road, it’s a fascinating walkway, with
many points of interest and views, previously in-accessible to the
people of Chester.
The walkway takes in the Roodee, Little Roodee and Crane-
Wharf along the way and was constructed with support from
various funders which included the Water in Historic City
Centres (WIHCC) project, a project which is part of the
European Union’s interregional programme for North-West
Europe.
The new trail (Groves to Cop Park) is approximately 2miles
(3km) and listed here are places/points of interest to help
you plan your walk and enjoy the rich heritage of Chester’s
riverside.
1. Starting at the Groves, commence towards the racecourse
along the Castle Drive. Take in the Weir as you pass, a structure
originating from as far back as 1092. Steps were built in later
years to help migrating salmon pass over this barrier - hence the
name Salmon Leap for the flats on the opposite side of the River
in Handbridge.
2. OLD DEE BRIDGE & HYDRO ELECTRIC STATION. The
bridge is thought to date from 1387. Alterations over the years
have included the widening of the upstream side by 7ft (2m) in
1826 to provide the present footpath.
The Hydro-electric station was opened in1913 on the site of the
old Dee-Mills on the City side of the bridge to use the excess
water created by the weir to generate some electricity. Since
1951 it has become a water pumping Station as rising demands
in electricity over the years, meant it was no longer viable.
3. CHESTER CASTLE - Passing along Castle Drive, Chester
Castle becomes visible on your right.
4. GROSVENOR BRIDGE - Passing through the Little Roodee
car park you come under the vast and very impressive Grosvenor
Bridge. Opened in 1832 and designed by Thomas Harrison, the
bridge had the widest single span arch in the world. A model
bridge can be seen nearby in Castle Drive.
5. THE RACECOURSE - Known as the Roodee - this is the oldest
racecourse in Britain and the Walkway trundles nicely around
the race-track itself. From here you can view the skyscape of
Chester from different points as you pass.
6. RAILWAY VIADUCT - After passing through the Grosvenor
Bridge onto the Racecourse walkway, you pass under the railway
viaduct at the other end. This impressive structure has a mass
of arches dotted all along it as it heads off towards the City,
alongside the Roodee.
Chester’s Riverside Walkway
by Paul Morris
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After passing under the Railway Viaduct a whole new promenade
section sees you pass the Racecourse Stable blocks and plush
new residential apartments before you arrive at the Old Port
area (also known as Crane Wharf). This was a previously
inaccessible stretch of the riverside which was cut - off by the
former gasworks, the site now occupied by the stables.
7. CRANE WHARF From the approach to Crane - Wharf you
will see on your right the Water Tower. Built in 132 as the New
Tower to help protect the City from any ship- borne attack.
(Of course back then it stood in the waters of the River Dee!)
The river has long since changed its course and the Wharf was
developed during the second half of the 18th Century. Taking
sea-going vessels of up to 350 tons, the port was connected to
the City by a new road (now known as New Crane Street). The
walkway here has been constructed directly above the former
quay and a listed former riverside warehouse still remains.
8. COP-PARK Walk along out of Crane Wharf (Old Port) passing
the various new riverside apartments, you will pass the Dee-
Lock where the Shropshire Union Canal meets the River Dee.
Currently undergoing some renovation the lock was constructed
in1801.
After passing the lock, a short walk onto Sealand Road brings
you to Cop-Park. This is named after the bank (cop) which
is still clearly visible and was raised in the early 18th century
to protect low-lying areas from flooding. A Cheshire Cheese
Warehouse stood here, next to the bend in the river in the late
18th Century.
After the Cop-Park - beyond the river bend, it is worth a little
look at the “new-cut” a straight section of the river made from
cutting a channel through marshes in the 1730’s to aid navigation
between Chester and the open sea. Here on, a newly created
path/cycleway extends riverside to Queensferry in North Wales
(approx 8 miles away).
Do enjoy exploring the fascinating walkway, but as ever, by
the river, do take care and be safe. Please also note that the
racecourse section is not open on race days.
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