Getting Here

Access to the Festival

The main Active Travel Festival site will be on the middle car park near to Chester Castle, also known as the Lower Car Park,

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The site can be accessed from the pavement alongside the Grosvenor roundabout, opposite the HQ Building. This access will be for pedestrians and those using specialist mobility cycles/wheels coming from the City centre.

Alternative access will be available from Castle Drive, opposite to the Roodee Car Park via a gate under the city walls, for those arriving by bicycle/wheels along Castle Drive or on foot from south of the city.

Bicycles and other wheels (unless used as a mobility aid) will not be allowed onto the main festival site for reasons of safety and to limit congestion. Bikes and wheels can be parked in a dedicated parking area opposite the river on Lower Castle Drive. Parking will be at the owner’s risk so we strongly recommend that locks are used to secure bicycles and other wheels.

Access: The nearest step-free station is Chester Railway Station, which can be accessed by Bus Route 3 to Grosvenor Street which is 3 minutes walk to the venue.

Nearest train station: Chester Railway Station.

Bus routes: Bus Routes 3, 16, 61, 62.


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Travelling into the town centre and want to save on expensive parking and stressful congestion? Stagecoach park and ride sites are perfect for allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey especially with our free on-board features.

Stagecoach currently operate 3 Park & Ride services, operating direct into the heart of Chester then back to your car park….

PR1 – Wrexham Road Park and Ride: Grosvenor Road (for Racecourse and Law Courts) – Bus Interchange – Foregate Street stop AA (for shops and visitor attractions) – Pepper Street (for the River Dee and Boat Trips) – Grosvenor Road – Wrexham Road Park & Ride

PR2 – Boughton Heath Park and Ride: Boughton Waitrose (for Business Quarter) – The Bars – Bus Interchange – Foregate Street stop AA (for shops and visitor attractions) – Boughton Waitrose – Boughton Heath Park & Ride

PR3 – Upton (Zoo) Park and Ride: Liverpool Road (for Countess Hospital) – Liverpool Road Abbotts Grange (for University) – Bus Interchange – Foregate Street stop BB (for shops and visitor attractions) – Liverpool Road Abbotts Grange – Liverpool Road (Countess Hospital) – Upton (Zoo) Park & Ride

Cycle Routes to the Festival

Cheshire West and Chester Council Colour Coded Route Maps

Cheshire West and Chester Council have identified cycling routes around and into the city-centre from the residential areas of Chester. Each different coloured route is signposted with colour coordinated signs along the journey. A wider range of pedestrian routes are available but the coloured routes are also a helpful option for walking as well.

It is proposed that Cyclists/Wheelers approaching the Festival from north of the River Dee enter the city via Northgate Street, Frodsham Street, Eastgate Street, etc. and travel down to the Groves or via Lower Bridge Street to join Castle Drive near the Handbridge. It is proposed that Cyclists/Wheelers approaching the Festival from south of the River Dee cross the Handbridge to access Castle Drive

An overview of the full set of coloured routes can be seen below

Black Route – Boughton Heath
Providing the villages of Boughton Heath and Huntington with a route through to Chester City Centre, the 2½ mile Black Route takes advantage of the canal tow path to lead riders into the city centre via Frodsham Street. The route passes by Christleton Road Shops, the Bishop’s Blue Coat School and Caldy Valley Nature Park.

Blue Route – City Centre
Providing a 2¾ mile circular loop around Chester City Centre, the predominately off-road route is ideal as a leisure ride or a regular commuter route to work. Passing by Grosvenor Park, the River Dee, the Roman Walls, Chester Racecourse and the Shropshire Union Canal there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

Brown Route – Canal Towpath
The 8 mile Brown Route connects the villages of Waverton and Christleton with Chester City Centre and the University. Passing by some of the area’s key industrial and heritage features including the Victoria Mill in Waverton, the Lead Shot Tower, the Roman Walls, King Charles’ Tower, Watergate Tower, the Canal Basin provides an off-road route to the Zoo via the Pink Route at Caughall.

Green Route – Greenway
The 7½ mile Green Route runs between Mickle Trafford and Saughall. Most of the route follows the Greenway, an off-road route which continues past Saughall to Deeside and North Wales. The route passes Guilden Sutton, Newton, Hoole, Northgate Village, the University and Blacon.

Pink Route – Chester Zoo
The 3½ mile Pink Route provides a direct route from the city-centre to Chester Zoo via Northgate Village, Newton and Upton. The route passes by the Northgate Arena, Northgate Ponds, Upton Library, Upton Heath Shops and near to Upton High School.

Purple Route – Westminster Park
Connecting Westminster Park and Lache with Chester city-centre, the 2 mile Purple Route takes advantage of the off-road cycle path along Wrexham Road. The route to the city-centre will take you across the Dukes Drive down through the village of Handbridge before heading over the Old Dee Bridge into Lower Bridge Street.

Scarlet Route – Hoole / Vicars Cross
The Scarlet Route links the city-centre with Hoole (1 mile) and Vicars Cross (1¾ miles). The route takes advantage of the canal tow path, heading out past the Lead Shot Tower. As you leave the tow path at Hoole Lane Lock, follow the route left to Hoole Lane. The route splits here – follow the signs ahead for Hoole and to the right for Vicars Cross.

Silver Route – Blacon
The Silver Route provides the Blacon area with routes to the city centre. The 2 mile journey runs from the shopping area at Blacon Avenue and from the library on Western Avenue using low traffic routes, via the University campus on Cheyney Road.

Turquoise Route – Sealand Road

The 2½ mile Turquoise Route links the Greyhound Park with Blacon and the city-centre (Northgate Street) via Sealand Road.  Excellent off-road cycle paths along Sealand Road provide access to the Chester West Business Park, Sealand Road Industrial Estate and the Greyhound Retail Park.

White Route – Deva Link / Bache

The 2½ mile White Route provides excellent access to the retail and business parks located along Sealand Road for people living in the Upton, Newton and Bache areas. The route connects Blacon and the Bache areas to Chester Zoo via a combination of off-road and on-road cycle ways.

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Team Talk

Chester is a unique city with a fabulous range of historical and modern features, excellent facilities and a vibrant community. Its compact nature means that all of these are readily accessible to residents and visitors alike.

Some aspects of our city centre infrastructure limit easy access by walking, cycling or wheeling but it is a far more accessible city than many residents realise. Active Travel for those 1-2 mile journeys into and across the city is a real alternative, with many more possible routes than people realise. Why not join us on 18th June 2023 and help us to broaden your knowledge and experience. Register now…

Whether you are motivated to improve the health and well-being of yourself and your family, or feel passionate about the need to reduce city centre air pollution and limit the risk of respiratory diseases, or you just want to make a small step to help reduce your carbon footprint, Chester’s first Active Travel Festival is a great place to start.

We will be working with local school, social and business communities to encourage as many people as we can to join in the fun and entertainment provided on the day. We also want to make sure that the journey into the city is part of the fun by encouraging community groups to travel in together, maybe in fancy dress, maybe dressed in school sports wear, maybe with decorated bikes. It’s up to you all to make it fun for everyone.
Email us now with other ideas that you may have to make the day more fun.

Our ambition is to ensure that at least 2000 residents from Chester and its near suburbs feel motivated to join us for a day of fun, entertainment and education. However there is also a serious side to our ambitions for ATfest 2023. We hope for many residents to make this event a first step for them to make a significant change in their travel behaviour.

In this process before, during and after the event, we want to understand the real and practical issues that dissuade people from using active travel and thereby identify ways to mitigate against these constraints and barriers in the future. Your participation and honest feedback will play a major part is helping us to achieve this ambition. Register now and complete our survey.