Tuesday, 16 December 2008

The Works drain, IT WORKS!!

After looking at pics of this place for ages, i finally decided to get off my arse and explore it, and before long i was meeting with peanuts, lil-lilly and andyj23uk,

we made our way towards the outfall only to be met with a symbol of this area of manchester that no only made a nice forground to this pic but provided a handy access to the river!!

anyhow the precarious river crossing safely completed we were staring at the outfall to "the works" a lovelly mix of brick and stone which heightened our anticipation of what lay within.

the works is only around 400yards long, and most of the features are near the end, the twin pipes are the first feature you come accross, with the drain fairy watching over you like a guardian angel!!

the last 50yards is much like the first 350, BRICK!! untill you come to the giants steps, these have to be seen!! as they are truly awesome!!

well, the only was is up as they say!! your met at the top by the twin pipes that come from the otherside of the overflow chamber above, its the attention to these little details that gets me, and i find them stunning!!

the finall set of steps (to the left of the above pic) takes you to the overflow chamber, the drain that runs through it is called "inhospitable" and apparently lives up to its name, the big door of sluice gate loom large and the little steel bridge sags and groans with your weight as you walk on it!!

possibly the most intersting part of the explore, is the little room above the sluice that contains the winder for the gate itself!! it must be a heavy beast for 2 men to shift it!!

that done it was time to move out, but not before a few final pics!! the first of some drain finds that a previous explorer has stacked up in a manhole shaft recess!!

the final 2 were took on the way out in the outfall, i think these are my faves of all the trip!!

thanks for looking!!


Friday, 21 November 2008

New camera, and a trip to fletchers. perfect!!

I have been looking to get a new camera for ages, now dont get me wrong there is NOTHING wrong with the fuji S5600 i have been using, its just i have outgrown it, SO i have aquired a NIKON D40!! and i must say it really is marvellous!!

anyhow the day after i got it i thought to myself hmmmmmmmmm where can i got to test it out?? ahhhhhhhhhhh fletchers of course!! and as peanuts hasnt seen it yet i organised a last minuite trip!!

now it must be said, fletchers has been done by myself before, and it really is a marvellous place, i had expected it being TRASHED afterall every explorer in the country has been now, but suprisingly it wasnt that bad and i STILL managed to find stuff i hadnt seen before even after 4 visits!! and i came out with 100 ish images, a small selection i will post below.
not too bad for a first outing with a new camera eh!!


Friday, 14 November 2008

Padiham, memorial park air raid shelters 11/08

Visited with sparkuk and thenewmendoza


i got this lead earlier in the week and after some online investigation i found there was an access wasnt too sure about it at first but i found this photo on geograph http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/755046 and it piqued my interest somewhat.........

the size and layout of the park gave the feeling that this place was BIG, but sadly it wasnt, it was a small double U shaped shelter with the main antrance in the middle of the U, it is worth noting that the building facing the entrance was a school at some point and the shelter appers to have been used solely for the school...

After a half hour of tramping round the park in the rain we found the way in, and after getting the equipment set up, we made our descent into the shelters. our first impressions were WOW this is cool, but we soon realised how small the shelters were, and ended up slightly dissapointed, it must be said, BUT we had come all this way and we wernt going to give it up as easily as this!!

the shelters themselves were of a formidable concrete and construction, and the tunnels were VERY narrow, nothing like the wide passageways of brinksway/dodge hill or bidston hill, this set us to wondering how people would have "sheltered" in there and we came to the conclusion that the kids would have sat on a narrow wooden bench down one side of the shelters with a toilet cubicle at each end of the long corridor. it has to be said it was VERY dry down there, probably the driest shelter i have EVER been in, and i couldnt beleive the light fittings were still in there and sockets were still on the walls!!

this for me is what exploration is all about, this may not have been a big site, BUT it was an intersting site, that i REALLY enjoyed seeing!!


Saturday, 18 October 2008

Victorian Valve house.............................

Well, here we have something to marvel at!! a mixture of underground and overground, a tricky access, explorers getting wet after falling in the water, explorers getting muddy, and a whole host of other problems!!

BUT sadly im not going to give anything away, due to the nature of the site, and other factors im keeping this one close to my chest!! as i would expect anyone who THINKS they know where this is todo aswell!!

not much more to say really other than it was worth all the effort, i hope Stepping Lightly has dried out now :) and it was nice to meet north star!! thanks again chaps, this was ace!!



Monday, 15 September 2008

Crisp Delf mine, Skelmersdale, 14/09/08

EEK!! didnt realise it had been so long since i posted on here!!! so an apology to all my regular viewers for the lack of blogspot adventure pic action!! although if the truth be told i havent really done that much recently, i have been dooing a huge amount of reccying, and not too much exploring!!

However, i did have the pleasure to visit crisp delf mine the other day, thanks to bigjobs for the tour btw!!

apparenty it opened in the 16th century to mine flagstone, and it has been open ever since!! although we have NO idea when they stopped mining here.......

anyhow, on with the pics!! afterall its the reason why you all come on here!!! lol

The mine seems quite deep, i reckon it as deep as 300Ft although it could be more, the STEEP drift doesnt seem too bad until you have to go back up it to leave!!

theres also PLENTY of rock waiting to fall, you need to be carefull and watch what your standing under!!

hope that made up for the lack of update action!!!


Monday, 25 August 2008

Tinsley cooling towers, the end of an era :(

Well, at 3am this morning a VERY large part of sheffield was to come crashing down, but not without a fight!!
there had been rumor on rumor on rumor for the last 12 months about WHEN the towers at tinsley were finally going to be dropped, and a few weeks back the date was made public!! myself and havoc, finding ourselves at a loose end decided to pay them one last visit, so we made our way with the masses to meadowhall in sheffield we found a spot to stand and waited for the BANG
5........4..............3..............2.................1......................BANG!! and boy what a bang!!! you can see the vid i made a vid of the drop viewable here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAL5PYHp1ZM

anyhow, the drop done it was time to sit in the car for an hour to get out of the car parks at meadowhall!!!

once home it was decided to check the BBC news site for the full script, and it turns out about a third of the north tower was still standing!! woop woop, tinsley wasnt going to take it lying down afterall!! but i was sad to hear she finally gave in, and after 2 hours she fell of her own accord :(

RIP tinsley, you have been stood for 70 years, and been a proud icon of sheffield for millions.

you were in my eyes anyway the true angels of the north...............


Friday, 1 August 2008

Kings point office development, oldham, rooftops FFS!!

Ok i get bored with rooftopping, BUT i have hardly any rooftop views of oldham, so bored the other night and after a quick phonecall to peanuts, we had a go at this one!!

as you can see a TOTAL success got some nice pics of oldham at night and it killed a few hours to boot!! good stuff!!

Who are these two reprobates on our rooftop??

Short but sweet this one!!!


Big Butts, Rochdale, culverty goodness!!!

WOOP!!! ive finally got to name my own drain!! my discovery, My name!!

Big butts in rochdale is a HUGE culvert that runs under the town centre in the area known as the butts!! (get the name now), tis HUGE and VERY cool!! its got hidden bridges side pipes and a sewer oveflow with a processor too!! it wicked!! and its MINE :P

cool hu!! i think so and thenewmendoza did too!! so were going to go back at somepoint and spend a few hours under there!!!