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Report - Belstone Pump House, Dartmoor. December 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by wellingtonian, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. wellingtonian

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    BELSTONE PUMP HOUSE​


    Seen this before and was working nearby, so thought I'd take a mooch and check it out. Lovely walk up to the site on crisp December day.

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    "Dotted around the valley floor are various boreholes, their presence marked by mounds with concrete entrances that make them look like underground military bunkers. There is also a sunken aeration plant and pump station, with skylights puncturing a turf roof now burrowed by rabbits.
    It is less than a mile up a service track from Birchy Lake, downhill on the left, just as the ruin of Irishman's Wall running up to Belstone Tor is reached.
    The plant was built to pump spring water from boreholes under the valley floor, treat and store it for use in the local area. Despite being done by an act of parliament, the water sprites never delivered the quantity decreed and the site was abandoned.


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    The other end


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    Corridor with the water holding tanks either side

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    The pumping room was about a foot deep in water. Had to wade very slowly to avoid overflow into my wellies.


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    Inside one of the water holding rooms

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    Looking down from outside through broken pane

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    A relaxed explore in beautiful surroundings. Managed to collect plenty of nearby geocaches as a bonus too.

    Thanks for looking.
     
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