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Report - Holton Heath Reservoir, Dorset - July 2014

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by squiddey4, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. squiddey4

    squiddey4 28DL Full Member
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    Decided to visit Holton Heath, specifically the Reservoir. The area is so overgrown that it was just a case of blindly heading in the right direction in the hope of coming across it eventually!
    Found the site, spent an hour fighting through the overgrowth around each side looking for a way in with no luck. Sat down, exhausted, only to realise I was sitting directly on top of the access!

    This reservoir would've provided water for the entire site of the Royal Navy Cordite Factory, a large complex dedicated to the production of explosives and rocket propellant during both world wars. The site officially closed in 1992.

    Some reservoir-specific history, shamefully stolen from The Urban Explorer:
    A massive expanse, capable of holding 3,000,000 gallons of water in each side. One side of the reservoir had been open to the elements and with the attention of seagulls and other wildlife, it was decided to place disused cordite trays on the surface of the water. Unforeseen, nitro-glycerine had seeped from the wooden trays in to the water supply and caused head aches on site! In 1934, it was finally decided to build a roof.

    Anyway, here are some pics:

    A structure next to the Reservoir, I can only assume it also had something to do with it - there were pipelines running through this section.
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    Path/Road to the Reservoir?
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    The Descent:
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    Looking from one end to the other
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    Seemingly Endless:
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    And of course some light painting:
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    Happy Exploring!
     

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  2. The Kwan

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    Cheers for posting this squidey4, would you have any other pictures to add ...cheers man :)
     
  3. Will Knot

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    Do like that matey, very nice :thumb
     
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    Reservoirs are cool. I like the light painting shots :thumb
     
  5. squiddey4

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    Sure can, I will do it in a couple days when I get home. Was going to do a full post for the whole site but decided to split it into two because I've got a lot of pictures of the RNCF labs and bunkers there.
     
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    Cheers man! Urbex and Light Paint seem to go hand in hand :)
     
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