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Report - Kettleness & Sandsend Tunnels

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Mike26, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Mike26

    Mike26 28DL Member
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    Jul 7, 2010
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    Kettleness & Sandsend Tunnels

    I know there has been a few reports on these two tunnels but I thought I'd do a report for the visit me and my mate made last Saturday.

    It was a cold wet day and armed with a lantern, two torches and camera we set off from Kettleness along the Cleveland Way to the north portal of the Kettleness Tunnel.

    Kettleness Tunnel
    308 yards long

    Sandsend Tunnel
    1652 yards long

    Both tunnels were opened in 1883 and closed in 1958

    Making our way in...

    About half way through we noticed a small ventilation tunnel branching off which required a small amount of exploring.


    If we had been wearing wellies we would have ventured through this to see where it led to....

    Any way on with our trek..
    We passed through the Kettleness Tunnel really quickly and onto the ledge where the track used to run. Didn't take us long until we spotted the portal for the Sandsend tunnel


    Some of the old railway sleepers

    The collapse of the north portal - some parts of it look fairly recent :(

    After climbing over the rocks we made it into the tunnel. It is an eerie feeling walking into pure darkness but as we approached the first air shaft we could see the south portal - a tiny dot of light in the distance.

    Unfortunately my camera screwed around with the date and time so I can't work out the order the pictures were taken in so have added a collection of pictures that we took in the tunnel.




    I remember seeing pictures of the first drainage tunnel being clear but this now looks like it has since collapsed at the cliff end as you can no longer see daylight.


    The second drainage tunnel is still clear though...


    We had struggled getting though some places of the tunnel because of water and clay but had managed to find a way round but once we approached shaft number 5 we could go no further as we didn't have the right footwear and weren't sure how deep the water was :(


    Any way that was the end of our adventure and headed back to the car in Kettleness then off for some fish n chips.

    Hope you enjoyed the report :D

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  2. Richard

    Richard 28DL Member
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    Mar 29, 2013
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    It seems you visited on a good day like us the other day. We went through the last adit (with the ladders) almost to the end but my wellies sunk so I got cold and wet. One of my crew is part of the mining heritage and says they are the old boundary fence, not a line of sleepers as you called it :) It's a great place, good post

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Oct 19, 2013
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    Look forward to seeing your up to date report from here :thumb

    Admittedly the worst report photo wise ive ever seen from here. Why you dug this one out ?
  4. The badger

    The badger 28DL Full Member
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    Jul 7, 2015
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    Great post
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