Chester to Christleton: 2.5 miles, 8 locks
A guided walk – with a
tour guide? It seemed like a good idea and indeed it was. At 1030 the little
group of UK nationals (and one visitor from Minnesota) congregated outside
Chester’s Town Hall for a 90 minute stroll plus commentary around the city.
In a place like Chester
it helps to have some idea of historical era: the city has developed via contributions
made by the Romans, Saxons, various medieval kings; there were references to Edward 1
and his castle-building, jibes about the Welsh, stories of Charles 1 and his
escape from the Parliamentarians, the Victorian enthusiasm for adding
Tudor-look facades... and Chester even had a brief Viking presence too...
Just round the corner
from the Town Hall are the excavated remains of the Roman strong room. Later
there was the Roman Garden (not authentically sited but a pleasant arrangement
of Chester’s Roman stonework).
Chester is famed for its
Rows, A street name provides evidence
of Viking visits:
You can stand and gaze
at the impressive weir on the River Dee.
The tour of course
pulled in the Eastgate Clock (the second most photographed clock after Big Ben)
Beat the weather became
the next mission; after fresh food shopping in the covered market there was a
hasty retreat to the boat to start the 8 lock retreat from Chester. The Northgate
three lock staircase drew a small crowd; by the time Cleddau reached the top lock a new theatre
studies graduate had taken over paddle-winding, her family and another dealt
with the gates
Three down, five to go: on round past the ancient city walls and under the Bridge of Sighs...
On balance though, it was a good sort of day!
Tomorrow, on towards Barbridge Junction.