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Nature destinations from Chester - without a car

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Nature destinations from Chester - without a car

Hello! I'll be visiting Chester in August, and am interested in seeing countryside, wildlife and doing hiking. What suggestions do you have for someone using public transportation? Thanks!

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1. Re: Nature destinations from Chester - without a car

You could catch the train from Chester to Delamere where there is a forest run by the Forestry Commision. There's lots of hiking trails, several cafes and you can also hire bikes.

forestry.gov.uk/website/…infd-5k2bu9

You could also venture over the Welsh border and walk up Moel Famau, the highest peak in the Clwydian Hills.

forestry.gov.uk/website/wildwoods.nsf/LUWebD…

It's further off the beaten track though and you would have to catch a bus from Chester to Mold and then from Mold to Loggerheads.

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2. Re: Nature destinations from Chester - without a car

For hiking try www.sandstonetrail.com for details of the trail that goes all through Cheshire. Or go into North Wales to Loggerheads Country Park in the beautiful Clwydian Hills www.carlberry.co.uk gives public transport details.

you could do worse than walk in the Chester area. Walk along the river as far as Eccleston and then walk back along the Chester Mile the original driveway to the Duke of Westminster's estate. www.walkingincheshire.co.uk has lots of suggestions for walks in the area which can reached from Chester.

lots of lovely scenery,trees and plants to be seen but our local wildlife (except for squirrels in parks etc) is usually rather shy and difficult to see.

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3. Re: Nature destinations from Chester - without a car

If you're a long distance hiker the Wirral Shore Way- about 23 miles between Chester and Red Rocks ( Hilbre Point) - the North West tip of the Wirral -is a decent day's hike. You can get between Chester and West Kirby or Hoylake by train. On the walk the area around Parkgate is good for wildlife as the River Dee was diverted in the first half of the 20th Century meaning that the west shore around Parkgate has silted up and become salt marsh which is a wildlife haven. Parkgate itself is a lovely little town, that is now a seaside resort without the sea.... and has an excellent ice cream parlour!

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4. Re: Nature destinations from Chester - without a car

I'd also second the Sandstone trail- my favourite long distance trail in the UK. 34 miles form Frodsham ( you can catch a train from Chester) to Whitchurch ( also with trains to Chester changing at Crewe). I did it in two days and stayed at the Bickerton Poacher at Bukeley www.bickertonpoacher.com/

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