Countess of Chester Park

Countess of Chester Park

This lovely quiet park is full of fur friendly dogs and their owners. Everybody today had a wonderful woofing dog that loved the open space. There are options to stick to the concrete, paved paths or whack on those wellies and adventure the grassland paths.

This park is situated on a former landfill site which is next to the Countess of Chester hospital. The landfill site has been closed since 1970s and since then it has been covered in soil and grassed all over making it a safe and splendid area to walk dogs, entertain the little ones and have a wonderful picnic, as there are benches and picnic tables scattered around the lovely 19 hectares of grassland and bins well placed all over the park.

Located in Upton, Chester and boarders on the Shropshire Union Canal there are so many places to explore with your ‘pawfect adventure buddy’. There are many trails to choose from: Health trial, Smile for a mile, Silva’s trail, Cultural trail and the Chester park run trail. These are just a few options but many paths intertwine and therefore you don’t have to stick to just one trail.

Obi and I had fun exploring Silva’s trail. Silva’s owners Natalie and Jamie had to say goodbye to the beloved Silva in 2018 after walking through the Countess of Chester park (which they often did) and on that specific day, Silva slipped down the side of Knoll Bridge, fell into the water and drowned. In memory of Silva, a beautiful medium sized German shepard x Collie, her parents (owners) decided to raise funds for a safer area for all dogs to enjoy.

Silva’s funding page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/silva

This walk is lovely and the scenery is breathe taking for the owners. In addition, it’s fun for the dogs to have their noses to the ground, smiles on their faces, and tails wagging at top speed.

The park is opened from 7:30am till 6:00pm. There is a car park which is open from 7.30am till 9.00pm giving you plenty of time to finish up your walk with your furry friend. Park users are permitted to use the Hospital staff car park at the weekends when the Country Park car park is often full. The car park is managed by the NHS. Alternative car parking can be found at the Mollington Banastre Hotel on Parkgate Road. If using this please park in the overflow car park which is on the left of the entrance road. You can then take a short walk along Parkgate Road and enter the park via the Parkgate Road entrance. There is a ‘Pay and Display’ machine located in the car park as well. There are public toilets located in the hospital which is a five minute walk for the car park. The parks paths are easily accessible and can be used/shared by walkers, dog walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs and children’s buggies. Meaning its perfect for a family get together/ adventure.

There are many things to do around the park and if you wanted to add more to your walk with your ‘bouncing, full-of-energy doggo’ then there are FIVE totem poles in the park to discover, dipping platforms and boardwalks, measured distance routes to follow, and the ‘Fallen for the Fallen’ Poppy route (a map can be provided with information about the fallen poppy route located by the map stands)

Location address: Valley Drive, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1UL.

Rating: Obi scoring this Dog walk ‘4/5 wagging tails’

It was a good walk and Obi really enjoyed it. But, if you have a young family or you, yourself, need the toilet or a drink its annoying having to leave the park to go find the cafe or public toilets situated in the hospital.

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