The Zoo Circular

Chester ZooThe Chester Zoo Circular is a short, circular route of 13 kms (8 miles). It follows the canal towpath for the outward journey to Chester Zoo, and then follows NCN Route 56 and NCN Route 5 through Newton back to the starting point at Northgate Arena.

Chester Cycling Campaign’s seven Family Cycle Rides have been planned with all members of the family in mind. The routes use quiet lanes, established cycle routes and canal tow paths wherever possible, except for some occasional short sections on busier roads. All rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length, and are suitable for families with children, either riding their own bikes or riding on a trailer bike. Some rides include short off-road sections. The directions for these rides also include a description of a minor road alternative.

Route Grading: (A) Quiet Route – This is a route with long stretches of off-road cycleway.

This route is available as either a GPX file or as a downloadable colourful PDF map. Choose your option from those below.

GPX File

Click the link below to download the GPX file for this route.

The Zoo Circular – GPX File


Click on the link below to open a PDF leaflet of the ride containing a colour map of the route which you can view or print.

The Zoo Circular – PDF Map

Chester Zoo

A visit to Chester Zoo can be incorporated into this bike ride.  Find out more about Chester Zoo.

Those visiting the zoo and arriving by bike are entitled to a 15% discount on the price of admission.  Information about this offer and a link to the discount voucher are provided below.

Travelling by bike to Chester Zoo

Get a free 15% off voucher for your zoo visit


Zoo Circular Map