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Report - Monkton Farleigh Tunnel, Wiltshire - August 2011

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by pseudo, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. pseudo

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    Monkton Farleigh Tunnel is a 1.25 mile tunnel under the Wiltshire countryside which played an important role as a throughfare for munitions (via conveyor belt) to underground storage. Haven't seen a report on this place for a while so assumed the worst, but all seems to be fine - the surface excavation appears to be unchanged and generally looks like little has happened for some time.

    I've been meaning to get down here for ages, and really enjoyed this - I went solo for this one.

    There have been many reports on this place so don't know if this'll stay up.

    As many of you are now familiar, the entrance is very unassuming:

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    And so the tunnel begins.. it should be said here that the quoted 12 degree slope feels much steeper and 1.25 miles is a long way! :crazy

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    A welcome change at this point from concrete box to more interesting tunnels, which are in some areas much more damp with some mist.

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    After quite some time, the end loomed into view:

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    The hole in the wall appears to look the same as reports from last year, and a surprisingly strong (and refreshing!) breeze can be felt. And yes, alot of rubble is packed up against on the other side. If you were small and flexible you might get somewhere but looked pretty tight beyond the hole. Needless to say, I didn't brave the squeeze on my own! :gay

    This is definitely one of my favourites this year, great fun.​
     

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