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Report - Esplanade Tunnel, St. Margaret's Bay - 1.9.09

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by DarkDog, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. DarkDog

    DarkDog Too old to give a f*ck...
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    The origin of this tunnel system is something of an enigma. All the brick, concrete and steelwork is typical of the type and style used in the early part of WW2, but the tunnels are obviously much older judging by the pick marks and location. Late 19th century maps indicate 'The Old Battery' on the clifftop above the tunnels, but the area is also linked heavily with smuggling in the late 18th/early 19th century.
    The tunnel runs from the Esplanade, just above the high water mark (this entrance is sealed) and emerges in the cliff face at Ness Point, 30/40 feet above the high water mark.

    The WW2 OP/LMG position
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    View from the OP
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    Tunnel Sections
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    The sealed esplanade entrance
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    Eroded stairs leading to the cliff face - 40ft down to the English Channel!
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    Parallel tunnels at the back of the system
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    And back out
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    Moonlight Bay!
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    Not a massive system, but the comedy access, rabid rats with wings and suicidally, slippery stairs made it interesting evening - all the better for finishing off with a pint on the beach!
     

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  2. Herbivore

    Herbivore 28DL Full Member
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    Nice report my friend.And we didn't even get our feet wet!

    Here's my attempt:
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