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Report - Continuing with the River Dean / Harrop Brook, Bollington Cheshire.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by JMRodwell, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. JMRodwell

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    Having wetted my wellies and whetted my appetite my paddle along the River Dean in Bollington, Cheshire, continued.

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    Actually the aim of today's outing was merely to take a closer look at this strange weir-with-a-hole behind the Tullis Russell paper mill.
    I think that the modern car-park was once a mill-pond and this was used for draining it.

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    But a few yards behind me the High Street tunnel caught my eye, as tunnels do.

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    Actually only the far end of it is under High Street, most of it is under people's back gardens and a large pub. But it really is a tunnel of three parts.
    The first bit of it has been rendered with icing for some reason.
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    The second bit was corrugated which a pain to walk on, especially in the dark as my torch that I happened to have was pretty feeble
    I think there had been a collapse here back in the 70s or 80s. I wonder who had made their home in the bird-box.

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    Then the third part opens out into plain but not unnattractive stone-work. The water at this point also opened up to above welly-level, which was a bit annoying.

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    The pipes were a bit tricky as the bed was uneven and rocky, but at least there was a bit of light now.

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    The view back up towards the top end
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    Emerging out at alongside the verdant back-gardens of Water Street in the sunshine.

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    More photos here

    That was fun! Now my plan was to carry on down the river to a spot just above the Rat Tunnel where I'd be able to clamber out, but as I passed the tributary Harrop Brook I thought I might as well take a look up there.
    The next tunnel was under Queen Street, well more of a long bridge really. (A tunnel is longer than it's wide, and a bridge is wider than it's long - is that right??)

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    Can't think what those flanges are for though... More photos here.

    Then came the looming concrete opening of the Oak Bank Tunnel, which ran under the now-demolished Oak Bank Mill.

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    I had no idea what to expect up here and peering into the blackness and other than a few steps I wasn't sure whether to carry on, it did look very dark & daunting.
    And not at all inviting. But hey - when did that ever put a drainer off??

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    I could only really see anything when the flash went off, and had no idea how deep the water was. But tentatively carried on for sake of knowledge!

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    I guess the square hole would've been a drain from the mill above, but it looks more like an access shaft.
    Up at the top end I still had no idea what the terrain was, and the flow was very loud indeed.
    Obviously looking at it now there wasn't much to worry about! And the bed-rock might even have made a nice water-slide.

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    And this one I think is one of my favourite subterranean snaps that I've taken - so much going on! I should really go back with better torches I think...

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    Another square access / drain shaft / vent thing, a big valve and we're back in the sunshine.

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    More Oak Bank Tunnel photos here.
    The next tunnel is under Shrigley Road, and is really only notable for the soggy clamber up the weir to get out.

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    Just one more Bolly tunnel to go now - but that's going to be tricky...
     

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  2. Stopford_lad

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    It's been a while since I stumbled down here Some decent little culverts..some of it's proper stoopy too, looks as though you found out the hard way :thumb
     
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    Well in mate, looks alright that! :thumb
     
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    Fantastic report, not to far from me either. :thumb
     
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    Thanks Gronk - you should check it out. The Oak Bank tunnel especially!
     
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    Ta Wildboyz! Was good fun - clean, safe and a nice and cool on a hot day! :-)
     
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    Thanks Nick - yeah, a nice afternoon out! will try again this summer.
     
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    Cheers Jason! Some nice little culverts indeed, but it's all quite roomy! Although I was on my hands and knees over the rocks on the left in the Oak Bank Tunnel - but mainly cos I couldn't see anything!! haha.
     
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    I followed it upstream from Bollington rec ground and it was in full flow.
    You did well, it's a real ankle breaker it parts, especially through Oak Bank, and quite deep too..reminds me of Hyde falls.
     
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    You're right Snake Oil - the Oak Bank Tunnel would have been built 200 years ago or so, but of course it's hard to say how much of it now might be that old.
     
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    good effort, looks an interesting set of culverts
     
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