Farndon to Chester on the Dee
On Saturday, we got on the Dee, at last!
Farndon is only an hour's drive from Manchester, and is set in beautiful Cheshire countryside. The put-in is via fisherman's steps (Quite steep, but do-able!) on river right, just above the road-bridge. This is also a good place to leave the car.
The bridge in Farndon;
You soon leave the roads behind, and head into really quiet countryside. On your left is Wales, your right England. You pass lots of weekend homes, some of them really nice little hideaways, which if i'm right, are reached by boat rather than road.
Yes, that is a Jolly Roger flying;
There are miles of river winding through woodland and farmland, with hardly a road to be heard;
It started to pour down, so we took a break in an eddy,underneath an overhanging tree, for a spot of lunch... how civilised!! Half an hour later, we were back underway...
The first bridge for miles is this iron one, dated 1823, that leads to Eaton Hall;
In four hours, we saw only one other canoe, and this boat-trip from Chester, (time to try and look like a serious canoeist, and smile for the cameras!)
Some really desirable locations along the way;
And eventually, Chester comes into view!
Found a great car park for a take-out at Sandy lane ferry, although looking at Google Earth, you could continue right into the town, and take-out just before the weir, which we'll definitely do next time.
A great day out, very flat water, but gorgeous scenery, very quite paddling, and tiring in it's own way!!
Thanks for looking!
"the river flows, flows to the sea, wherever that river goes, that's where i want to be"- the Byrds