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Report - Digley Reservoir Bellmouth - Nov 2010



The Lone Ranger

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To be honest I can't beat this one, all I'd do would be cut and paste it http://www.huddersfield1.co.uk/huddersfield/tolson/water_supplies/digley_reservoir.htm

THE VISIT

I found myself with a few hours to kill and no plans, thought about Fletchers Mill or a couple of other local venues, but decided to head over to Holmfirth and see if there was anything worth an explore. I had the ROC site to fall back on if it all went pear shape.

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I drove past the reservoir and thought that it would be rude not to have a look at the bellmouth, especially due to the Ladybower thread!

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Generally it went well, a quick look down followed by a wander to see if I could exit it without too much hassle. I tried to work out how much rope I would need, due to being alone and not liking ascending ropes too much I decided to throw 100m down the hole ( thought it was about 50m). I geared up well away from the hole and pre-rigged my rope, harness with SRT kit put on and hidden under a baggy coat.

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A short walk had me stood over the hole throwing the bagged rope down the hole, attaching my descender and dropping out of view of the public.

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Well I was in and could feel from the weight of the rope it had reached the bottom, so onwards and downwards.

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The base of the vertical shaft and steep section of the bend (plus simple rigging) used 48m of dynamic rope (2m of rigging and rope was not loaded when measured).

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I continued down the tunnel and at this point it hit home that I was down there alone, knowbody knew I was there, I wasn't 100% sure that I could get out at the end (was sure there wouldn't be a a fence within the tunnel) plus anyone could have pulled my rope back up if they had found it. A quick check of my mobile found as thought no mobile coverage!

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I relaxed after passing the bend and could see the light at the end of the tunnel :-)

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Well finally the end, it makes a good through trip, had to avoid the water athorities on the way out and dodge the locals to pull my rope back out, all in all it was a good explore and a great way to kill a few hours.​
 
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