Report - Blebo Quarry, Fife, November 2009

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Visited this with Foz101 and another explorer, who's not on this site....

Sandstone has been quarried here for centuries, apparently it is particularly good in this area :
Vast deposits of sandstone are to be found in Kemback Hill. Because of its silicon content it was easy to hew and dress and had the added quality of taking a fine polish. Consequently it was in great demand by builders and a thriving industry developed with Blebo Craigs as its centre.
(Taken from 'A Short History of Kemback Parish' by Maurice Milne, Session Clerk)

After a wee stroll through the woods (past the 'slipper'o'doom') and left at the rope-swing, we arrived at our destination :


In we went :)


All the supports that had been left in place had been hand-dressed, I can only assume this was done as practice for the masons.

Further in, a small pond of water, the only real damp in this place :


We also noticed the vein of shale, visible at the top of every support, and often visibly crumbling :(



The curved, dressed wall, a real work of art :)


The infamously well-endowed 'Ladyboy of Blebo' :gay


This place has seen severall rockfalls, I cannot stress enough how dodgy the roof in here is :


It may look as though the large slab is resting on the rocks in the middle of this shot, but that is due to the perspective - it's just hanging there :eek:

Cracks abound in the roof, sometimes you only notice 'em on the photos! This was a rather neat little timber arrangement, packed with rocks, a form of support I assume :


Another timber and rock-packed arrangement :


The 'wall of deads' - pretty much the most stable part of this place


This place is not as spacious as it appears - here's a 'ghost' crawling in to give a sense of scale :


More ceiling-collapses litter the floor :



A ghostly Foz101 doing his thing :


Daylight beckoned, time to go :)


I really enjoyed my first foray underground :)



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