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Report - "Made Of Stone" - River Irk Culvert, September 2011.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Ojay, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Ojay

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    "Made Of Stone" - River Irk Culvert

    Around 400 metres this was quite an interesting culvert, constructed entirely of stone it was apparent it was very old from the outset

    I narrowly missed being stung by some angry wasps on the way in here too :eek:

    Once I reached the infall I was relieved to be inside, it was a little stoopy to begin with as I made my way under the stone arch


    I chose to test drive the new Aldi wellies, which again with hindsight was a bad idea, especially as there are some really deep bits along the way

    Navigating the first stretch was tricky, as no sooner could I stand straight, there was a deep bit which had been blocked with washed up debris

    Luckily there was a large piece of corrugated roofing that I managed to scramble over to avoid a soaking

    The next section was quite long and easily 6ft which made a refreshing change


    Ahead there was a small weir, with a fairly deep sump below, clearly no match for the wellies I had to pack up and traverse round the age old crumbling stonework to avoid the drink


    Relieved to be across I took this shot looking back


    I continued downstream, where the culvert changed direction ever so slightly here and there, with a couple more deep sections along the way



    Eventually I could see daylight, a sign that I had reached the outfall, which was just beyond this goit


    Although it doesn't look it, this final stretch was around 4ft and had silted up, so I left my gear behind and took only my camera to grab a quick handheld of the outfall

    (Excuse the poor quality, as I was literally sinking into the mud whilst attempting this shot)


    I decided I would go back the way I came rather than head out here as I didn't fancy getting stuck!​
    #1 Ojay, Sep 23, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2011

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