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Report - Castlefield Basin Culvert, Manchester, June 09

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by concreteJungle, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. concreteJungle

    concreteJungle 28DL Regular User
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    After a few aborted attempts I finally got to have a look at the Medlock culvert that runs from the plug hole nearer the city center, under Castlefield Basin, to the outfall near Potato Wharf.

    (Sorry iphone pic was only one I had!)
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    I only got 50m or so down before the water threaten to breach my chest waders, so this is definitely a boat job. I spotted a few things beneath the surface that would puncture one so caution would be required.

    I only took a few photos as the culvert wasn't tripod or camera friendly, but I haven't seen any others of it so I thought I would post them anyway.

    Looks like there was another branch on the left some time ago
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    It would be interesting to see if the tunnel opens out into a straight or goes on one big curve, alas the depth got the better of me so I turned back.

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    If the end was reached there is the plug hole
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    I've heard some people have been down it, although the current is weak at the outfall it looks like a beast here!
     

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  2. stepping lightly

    stepping lightly Stolenmoments
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    Yes but not recomended , we had all the gear and its still dodgy , nice to see the other end....if we have a drout the chances are it will get a through trip :popcorn
     
  3. stepping lightly

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    It seems we are all going to have to wait :popcorn

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    An impasse in the boat means its time to don those speedos :crazy
     
  4. Nickindroy

    Nickindroy A Porky Prime Cut
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    Great to read this gem again. :thumb
     
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