Saturday, 16 June 2012
Weekend Reflections: Saltersford Tunnel
The northern entrance to Saltersford Tunnel reflects in the Trent and Mersey Canal, making a perfect egg shape. The tunnel was built almost a quarter of a millennium ago, in the 1770s, and is 424 yards (388 metres) long. The narrow tunnel requires a strict timetable to ensure craft don't meet in the middle as they'd be unable to pass. Southbound barges can enter between 30 minutes past and ten minutes to each hour. Interestingly the tunnel is crooked inside, as tunnelling started at different points and didn't quite meet in the middle...
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If you enjoyed this post then you might also like to read my monthly guest post for Smitten by Britain, which is entitled Aberdovey Dreaming and is at: http://www.smittenbybritain.com/2012/06/aberdovey-dreaming