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CH­ESTER is a beau­ti­ful city where there is a lot to see. Start with a walk along the city walls where at times you can see the canal far below. Then there is the enor­mous cathe­dral where, in 1842, Han­del heard the first pub­lic per­for­mance of his Mes­siah. Just walk­ing along the streets is a plea­sure, with the fa­mous Ch­ester Rows and East­gate with its over­hang­ing clock. There are plenty of shops, pubs and restau­rants. the out­let for the Ellesmere Canal – hence its name. How­ever, the Ellesmere Canal was never com­pleted: the sec­tion from Ch­ester to Ruabon wasn’t built; plans were changed for the length south of there, and it ended up as what is known to­day as the Llan­gollen Canal.

Af­ter leav­ing Tower Wharf the canal at first passes through an area of hous­ing es­tates be­fore Ch­ester’s sub­urbs are fi­nally left be­hind and the wa­ter­way heads out into the coun­try­side. De­spite its ru­ral ap­pear­ance, this route was busy with boats car­ry­ing oil from the Mersey re­finer­ies to the in­dus­trial Mid­lands as late as the mid 1950s.

Con­sider a stop at Bridge 134 for a short walk to Ch­ester Zoo, one of the largest in Bri­tain with a huge col­lec­tion of an­i­mals from all over the world.

Next comes a flurry of mo­tor­way in­ter­changes that al­most over­whelm the small vil­lage of Stoak. Nev­er­the­less, it might be worth a stop here to visit the old vil­lage pub which is well known for

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