Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 1

Day 25 - Prestatyn to Chester

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.

Photograph of an interesting looking house
An interesting looking house

Photograph of the welcome to Chester and England signs as I re-enter England
Welcome to Chester and England signs as I re-enter England

Photograph of old buildings at the farm campsite in Chester
Old buildings at the farm campsite in Chester

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