Canoe Days Out

Cheshire - River Dee - Farndon to Eccleston Ferry

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How to get there - From A534 enter Farndon. Follow signs to Holt and take a left at the bottom of the hill immediately before the bridge traffic lights.

For those with SatNav a nearby postcode is CH36PU.

Get a map with driving directions to start or end (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)

Suggested Launch Site - Easy launching from the free car park at the foot of the Dee cliffs.

General Description - About eight miles of easy paddling with no obstacles downriver to Ecclestone Ferry where you can leave a car. Normally there is a helpful flow. Spring tides reach over Chester weir and up to Farndon so cautious canoeists might want to check the tide tables.

To my mind, the scenery on the first half of the trip is enlivened by the many holiday chalets along the bank. In the second half Eaton Hall, the home of the Duke of Westminster, is almost completely invisible from the river. Perhaps that also is a good thing - it has been called "the largest petrol station in Cheshire". Paddlers only see the lovely Eaton Hall iron bridge built by Thomas Telford.

Ecclestone ferry is no longer functioning but landing on the left bank there is easy, with plenty of roadside parking.

This trip is a continuation of one from Bangor-on-Dee which can be found here.

If you want to, you can extend the trip to Sandy Lane Car Park & Slipway in Chester which will add two and a half miles to the trip.

Comments on this trip

Samantha Myller
30 May 2020
What is the cost and availability

18 Jun 2019


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