Today I was heading towards Chester with the intention of either getting to the other side of Liverpool or stopping just before so that I could get through without stopping much the day after. The problem was that I had no maps of the area, so I stopped off at every shop and garage along the way to look for standard OS Landranger maps. Nowhere seemed to stock them though.
I found the cycle track leading into Chester which was a relief after travelling on the main roads. I located the tourist information office in Chester which is part of a visitor centre and bought the local OS map. Here I also obtained local maps of NCN route 5 and 56 and a city centre street map. The staff told me about a good bookshop in town which was an official OS agent.
I sat down at a table outside to eat a jacket potato and decide what to do next. I located a campsite at Birch Bank Farm, and cycled out there to set myself up. I returned to the city centre and found Bookland on Bridge Street where I bought 5 more OS maps to get me to Lancaster.
I cycled back along the canal towpath, dodging the office staff making their way back home. Later I noticed that the latest OS landranger map of Liverpool has the NCN routes marked on it. The distance today was 31 miles or so.