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Report - Waterloo Lake Overflow & Roundhay Tunnels, Leeds - October 2010.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Ojay, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Ojay

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    Waterloo Lake Overflow & Roundhay Tunnels - Visited By Ojay & Woodburner.co.uk

    This one had been pushed down the list for sometime now, so whilst in the area (sort of) decided to drag WB along for a mooch.


    Built in the 1800's by Napoleonic Soldiers, this man-made lake dominates Roundhay Park, Leeds.

    Originally this area was heavily mined for Coal, Iron & Clay dating back to the 12th Century, now Waterloo lake (12-15ha) occupies this age old land.

    The lake is fed by the Wyke Beck from the North, with a more modern overflow system being constructed in recent times, replacing the old waterfall and drainage system.

    The new levelling system carries water down a slide,

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    into a 30ft deep man-made culvert

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    and out through this concrete box of tricks which runs South through nearby Woodland and on towards the River Aire.

    Bit of a stoop towards the end eh WB :D

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    To the left the Stone Arch presents another system, the Outfall from the original overflow.

    Once inside, quickly gives way to a brick tunnel which leads underneath the Park towards where was once situated the Old 'Lido' (outdoor baths).

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    Continuing for around 100 yards, the tunnel comes to an abrupt end.

    On the left you can see the bricked up remains of the original overflow

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    ahead, the stone wall where the old waterfall was once located.

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    On the left a 200yd (approx) RCP runs it's course towards Waterloo lake.

    WB sadly couldn't make it up due to wellie fail, by this point I was so distracted by my shiteye that I just thought fuck it and trudged through!

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    After slippin' & Slidin' the entire length of the RCP it eventualy turned a final corner,

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    and again came to an abrupt end? Although water still runs through here from the lake

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    All-in-all we had a good old nite of draining, apart from the 'eye' incident earlier. I managed 2 hours of sleep before dragging my arse off to Hospital to finally get checked out..


    Shouts to Woodburner :thumb (Click)

    (Mandem)

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