Welcome to the 2017 season

Our website will shortly be updated so that you can book and pay for your paddling online. Until then, reach us by phone, or by email at enquiries@chesterkayakhire.co.uk, where there will always be a prompt and friendly reply. See you on the river soon!

Tel: 01244 422007

What you can see from upon the River Dee

The River Dee is a 70 mile-long body of water that runs from Snowdonia in Wales to the Wirral peninsula in the North West of England. However, it is arguable that the 12 mile stretch that flows east through Chester is the most impressive, thanks to the many interesting sites along its banks.

Here are just some of the sights you can expect to see should you ever go kayaking in Chester:

The Groves

The Groves is located along the northern bank of the River Dee. It is home to a popular promenade, which includes a bandstand, a number of bars and restaurants, and usually lots of people out enjoying the historic city.

Old Dee Bridge

The Old Dee Bridge is actually the oldest crossing in the City of Chester. The first incarnation of the bridge was built by the Romans when they roamed the city’s streets long ago, but the present version dates back to 1387 and is a Grade I-listed monument. It is possible to travel directly under the historical monument when kayaking in Chester.

Grosvenor Park

As you’re paddling along the River Dee, you may well come across the many sights and sounds of Grosvenor Park, a public space in the heart of Chester city centre. The 20-acre park overlooks the River Dee. Of particular interest is Grosvenor Park Lodge, which is the first known building to incorporate its designer John Douglas’ trademark black and white architecture. It also features some interesting carvings of William the Conqueror and the Norman Earls of Chester on its upper floors.

The walls

With some sections dating back as far as the Roman era, Chester’s walls are an interesting piece of history, with many of its towers visible from the Dee. There are lots of interesting things to see while travelling along the battlements themselves, including the Eastgate clock, which was erected to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.