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Report - 3 Stoke Drains, 10/09/07

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by LittleMike, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. LittleMike

    LittleMike Do. Find. Drains.
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    Couldn't wait to write my weekend up, but now having seen Zero's latest posting spree it all seems somewhat underwhelming lol :gay
    Anyway, having exhausted most of my current Stoke list, I had a few final spots that looked vaguely interesting on google earth so I decided to check them out.

    First up is Inferno.
    This is the giant infall, surprisingly well hidden. It's about 13' high and has a sewer running through it. I have absolutely no idea where the outfall is so the length is unknown.

    Inside is nice and roomy, even for the tallest of explorers! Only a trickle of water too.

    Just around the first corner the sewer disappears and the tunnel shrinks down to about 8'. A pair of fire extinguishers are provided at this point to help combat those drain fires that are becoming increasingly common (?) :crazy

    Unfortunately soon after the ground became increasingly sludge infested. Most of the time it was ok to walk on quickly, but occasionally there'd be a soft patch and I'd go sinking straight in to the top of my wellies. I headed out pretty annoyed, I'll have to go back with some planks of wood or something.

    Next up was chasm. Looking at the location on google earth I really didn't expect anything more than a useless 2' RCP. However, after climbing a fence, squeezing through a gap and hopping down a ladder, I was happily greeted with a decent sized drainage channel.

    Following the channel led to a nice surprise! A rather cool concrete arch about 6' high in the middle.

    Inside, the drain switches between brick and concrete. At this point my pathetic 2 hours of charging time on my new 1mil torch had already run out so it was back to the old flash...

    After a short walk, the chasm threatens to swallow up any careless explorers who forget to watch their step. Solidified mud and debris forms cliffs at the sides of the tunnel, too unstable to stand on. The floor suddenly drops off to...I have no idea how deep. I tried testing it with a 2' stick + my forearm but it was instantly swallowed up (the stick, not my forearm). I only had wellies and wasn't in the mood for getting wet so I had to head out. Will be back here with some waders at some point.

    Kinder surprise is a 1km long culvert that goes under the pit heap of a nearby colliery. It starts off as a strange egg shaped tunnel 7-8' high. The water gets above welly height pretty quickly, so I didn't bother going more than a couple of hundred feet the first time. Well yesterday I was bored and couldn't resist the temptation so I decided to brave the water. This is a shot of the start of the tunnel from my first visit.

    Just after the first welly filling secion a tunnel joins from the right. It's the same height, but narrower. It's in pretty bad condition and the water is almost fluorescent red from the rusting reinforcing bars.

    The end of the tunnel is blocked. I have no idea where it goes, I can't find any matching infall from google or walking around. Would be amazing if it joined up with one of the mines (pretty nearby at this point), but I doubt it's deep enough. Didn't hang around here for long as there was clearly no air flow and it smelled pretty funny.

    Continuing down the main tunnel, things start to get interesting :)

    The concrete disappears and it suddenly feels more like a mine than a drain. This section is really awesome, I'll be straight back here as soon as I get my new camera!

    Short girders stick out from both walls at regular intervals, no idea what they were for. Sometimes there are just holes where the girders used to be.

    Further on the condition of the tunnel deteriorates and it begins to look like a natural cave from all the decay

    The wall was collapsing in at this point. Gutted this shot came out all blurry, but I didn't want to hang around here too long!

    Just after the bad section there is a short RCP

    The tunnel then changes back to brick before reaching the infall. There's no way out here due to the massive amount of debris so I walked back to the outfall, back through the chav infested housing estate, and off home! Gotta hate leaving the car in places like that :p

    A final shot of the outfall at night.

    Should hopefully be back to take some decent photos over the next week or two!

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