West of Chester town, the River Dee flows through an artificial canal dug between 1732 and 1736. The work was planned and carried out by engineers from the Netherlands and paid for by local merchants alongside Chester Corporation.
Since the end of the seventeenth century trade in Chester had steadily declined due to sediment preventing the navigation of larger craft.
The new waterway would reduce silting and offer up a valuable means for transportation.
Passing through four bridges, half-hour daytime or evening boat cruises on the river are offered, making for an excellent opportunity to relax with pretty scenery if you should have a free slot in your schedule.