9am Longer Explorer WALX Chester:Woods, Fields Riverside and graves

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Pace: Moderate

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Intensity: Medium

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Gradient: Low

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Explorer Open WALX

Price: £8.00

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Kathleen Smith

Walk Description:

From one hour WALX in your local country park to a half day in the hills, our Explorer WALX capture the variety of scenery, themes and types of WALX that suit your lifestyle. If you love WALX to the pub or WALX with the dog or simply WALX in wild locations we have them all! Whether long, short, tough or gentle we welcome all ages and all levels.

Woods, fields, riverside and graves. A moderate 6 - 7 mile circular walk around Handbridge, Chester. This is an easy to moderate walk starting from the entrance to Dukes Drive. Mostly flat on earthy, possibly muddy paths, some short stretches on urban roads, with a few slight inclines. We pass through some dense forest, cross a steep field and land beside the River Dee then walk towards the Edwardian Footbridge where coffee/ice cream (and toilets) may be available. This area has been a pleasure garden for Chester since the C18. (At this point, depending on weather, pace and state of feet, we could also visit the ruins of St Johns Cathedral – Chester’s oldest Cathedral. ) We then cross the medieval Handbridge, in single file, to Edgar’s Field, once a Roman Encampment now overlooking the racecourse and cut up a field to Browns Lane. We will pass through Chester’s Victorian churchyard, cross a busy road, dip into the Dingle and return to our starting point.


Parking: Parking at Dukes Drive Gate is awkward. So either park (a) at the far end of the Nuffield Health car park on Wrexham Road (CH4 7QP), and cross the little wooden bridge onto Dukes Drive or (b) head towards Lache Lane, turn into Cavendish Road (a dead end) and then turn right into Westminster Avenue – another cul de sac – where there is plenty of parking space on road. (CH4 8JB ) Dukes Drive Gates are then just across the Wrexham Road with pelican crossings to keep you safe.



We`re stepping back out with caution as Government guidelines are allowing us a little more freedom to get out and Nordic Walk again. These walks will follow STRICT Social distancing rules 

All walks must be booked online and you will be asked to complete the updated ParQ health questionnaire when booking which includes new Covid-19 related questions. Please DO NOT BOOK a walk if you currently have ANY Covid-19 symptoms, have had in the last 2 weeks or have received a positive Covid-19 test result. 

I`m sorry to say that we are NOT ABLE TO LOAN POLES at the moment, so you will need your own Nordic Walking poles if walking with poles.

Please bring a mask, hand gel/wipes, a pair of disposable gloves in a small rucsac with your drink/ snack  and any medication you may need

IMPORTANT - Due to current Covid-19 requirements and protocols 

1 - Participants must stay 2m apart wherever possible (min 1m+) and respect other participants personal space upon arrival, during and when leaving a session. 

2 - Participants must adhere to instructions given by the instructor/walk leader at all times including walking patterns adopted by the group and the adoption of double bubble small groups. 

3 - Face coverings are optional. However please bring one with you in case they are needed. (a scarf or similar is fine). Please also bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser with you.

PLEASE NOTE, you need to have your own poles to attend this walk as no poles will be available for hire. 

We may be walking on both grass and paths so make sure you’re wearing supportive walking boots or shoes/trainers with a good tread that you are happy to get dirty and comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather. Paws may be required (on and off on different terrains).

Please remember to bring

1 - bottle of water /hot or cold drink

2 - any medications you may need

3 - a small rucksack as you`ll need both hands free at all times

4 - a mobile phone is useful for any last minute notifications. 

Depending on the time of year you may need sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat ( if hot) or hat, gloves, warm clothing and a flask (if cold!).