Cottages at Cotton's Bridge. The bridge, which was originally the only access to the cottages, was removed in the 1890s.
Approaching Preston Brook Tunnel. Boats heading southwards are only allowed to enter the tunnel between 30 and 40 minutes past each hour.
The northern portal of Preston Brook Tunnel, where the Bridgewater Canal meets end on with the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Looking north from above the portal of Preston Brook Tunnel.
Although the Bridgewater Canal stops here, we will have a quick look at the other end of the tunnel.
The southern portal of Preston Brook Tunnel. The 1239 yards long tunnel is straight enough to see the daylight at the other end! Boats heading northwards are only allowed to enter the tunnel between 00 and 40 minutes past each hour.
The southern portal of Preston Brook Tunnel, Trent and Mersey Canal.
Dutton Stop Lock. The waters of the Trent and Mersey Canal are just a few inches higher than those of the Bridgewater Canal. This was probably the first stop lock in the country and, as with such stop locks elsewhere, the arrangement was to protect the older canal from losing water to the newer canal.