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Report - More underground Boating. Crimson Hill Tunnel, Somerset 05/2010 - UPDATED OCT' 10

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Styru, May 23, 2010.

  1. Styru

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    EDIT: - revisit October 2010 with Urbanity and Frayedsanity - deeper, darker, further - seen end of thread:thumb

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    Hi, I’m Troy McStyru!

    You may remember me from such 28DL underground boating extravaganzas as

    “Why is all of Bristol staring at us?”

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    “If these are Catacombs – why don’t the locals speak French?”

    For today’s third installment in the underground boating series we leave the UK, and head to a quaint nearby country called ‘Somerset’.

    Situated literally next-door to modern-day England ‘Somerset’ has no formal entry requirements – but you must remember to turn your watches back (about 25 years)

    Building on the lessons learned during previous trips (yeh –right!) we took a veritable flotilla of vessels this time (4 people + 5 boats = flotilla!)

    We assembled a crack team of explorers – but sadly they all told us to bog-off – and so the party consisted of Mr Urbanity, the Reverend Spungletrumpet, Troy McStyru and Rob (a friend of Urb’s who lives in the real world, and so hasn’t got a silly pseudonym)

    Our quest for the day was Crimson Hill tunnel:


    Rarely explored, and certainly never reported here full credit to Urbanity for getting out there and finding/scouting this one*.

    *(what does he want want, a medal or something??)




    Oh, OK, go on then...





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    Pre-access access point (the way all good explores should start on a sunny day) the aptly named Canal Inn

    The canal itself has long since silted up/been drained.

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    Sad remains of the once great waterway:

    An interesting navigation, we were already aware that a roof fall about halfway in had put the mockers on a through trip, and with the water depth varying between about 8 and zero inches our passage was a combination of paddling, punting, and wading (whilst the water level was low you will be pleased to hear that the mud/silt level under the water was a healthy 10-14 inches of wader grabbing goodiness!)

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    Please remove muddy footwear before entering craft

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    It was at this point that Mr urbainty piped up with the soon to be regretted line:

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    Camera hints number 453 - always ensure a firm base for your tripod

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    The Explorer 200 - a modern day classic in underground boating

    At about its midpoint the tunnel widens to allow boats to pass, it was also at this point that water turns to some of the deepest, stickiest mud and silt that I've waded in ages:

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    Urbanity (top) and Spungletrumpet about to experience an altogether higher level of mud sinkingness

    Whether coincidence, or whether it was due to the wide nature of this section, this is the point at which a fall blocked the tunnel a few years back:

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    Urbanity inspects the damage - anyone got a bucket and spade?



    Beating an equally muddy, wet retreat, we retired back to the Canal Inn

    But not before Spungletrumpet had stopped to kiss the ground, and give thanks to the Lord for a safe trip:

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    (or he might have just been deflating his trusty 'Explorer 200')

    The looks on the faces of the locals upon seeing boating gear and much mud were priceless - I think few of them had any idea that there was a waterway nearby (although you'd think that the fact that it was the Canal Inn would have been a bit of a give away :rolleyes:)

    A big thanks to my (so far) trusty £9.99 Union Jack boat that is now survived 3 underground trip, and to my Lidl waders that, despite a year of launching/retrieving boats in the Bristol Channel and being stuck in some of the worlds stickiest mud once again stayed watertight.

    Cheers for the company guys - look forward to your pics, comments, laundry bills, insults, etc. :thumb

    BUT WAIT - there's more! - we returned at a later date and got past that fall - see further on in this report!!!
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    #1 Styru, May 23, 2010
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  2. Styru

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    Re: More underground Boating. Crimson Hill Tunnel, Somerset 05/2010

    As my fellow Subterranean Argonaut rightly says this is a tale of two halves, the previously explored section, and the world that lies behind the fall, a veritable Styx – with water deep, cool and clear.

    Below are a few of my shots from the day, I’ll not even tell you which are before the fall, and which are after – it is so obvious – a tale of two parts, with brown water and mud one end, and virgin clean goodness beyond.

    As Urbanity says, the main fall is very dodgy looking – and as you can see some parts of the roof beyond this have suffered multiple falls, leaving large sections with little or no visible means of support.

    Cheers to Urbanity and Frayedsanity for the company.

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    Thats not camera distortion - look at the profile of that roof - how the f*uck is that supporting itself :eek:

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    One of the many falls - no support for the roof at all thanks to the fall on the left
    - at least the right side is intact ... oh f*ck - no it isn't...


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    #2 Styru, Oct 10, 2010
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    those are some serious cave ins!
    Interesting viewing, looks like you guys enjoyed it; well the first part at least, understandably anxious the second part
     
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    Looks a fun site, those cave-ins are a bit daunting though. :thumb
     
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    Thoroughly wholesome stuff, looks like a good time was had by all, Good to see something completely different, not like this down our neck of the woods !
     
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    Sadly, I went to check the entrance today and some time in the last 4 years, a huge, solid gate has been installed, with welded bolts and a massive padlock. :( Feels extremely unfair.
     
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    Loved this little series you posted, looking forward to some more :thumb
     
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    Someone forgot to close this, that said, always good to read again and almost (nearly) forgot about it :p:

    More reports like this please and less silly vanity shyte!
     
  9. Styru

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    Yep, knew about the gates, another local posted pics of them on the Facebook wall a while back :(


    Well I'd like to agree - but today is Rear Admiral Spungletrumpet's birthday (happy birthday Sir :) ) so he might be too sensible and grown up now (yeah, right ;) )
     
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