Report - Farleigh Tunnel Amunition Depot - August 2016

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"Just having a look officer"
28DL Full Member
Sep 29, 2015

There is loads of information and stuff online about this place and the history but I have taken a few bits which I found interesting.

Monkton Farleigh ammunition depot utilised an old stone quarry below a plateau some 450 feet above the valley floor in which ran the main line railway that was its principal source of supply. Before the depot could be commissioned, an efficient means was need to bring in ammunition from the railway at Farleigh Down Sidings. The sidings were just over a mile from the depot as the crow flies but more than four miles by road along steep and tortuous country lanes.

The tunnel was designed to handle 1000 tons of ammunition daily. This was not scheduled for completion until 1941. The tunnel to the railway sidings at Shockerwick was a key feature of Monkton Farleigh mine, offering a secure route, invisible to aerial reconnaissance. The tunnel terminated at a loading platform thirty feet below ground level at a right angle to the main-line platform. The design was finalized in December, 1938, and by the end of the following year the upper terminus was completed.”

The Explore

I explored this with my partners in crime @Benyy and @Tizmeister and in the same trip we visited Browns Folly mine and scratched the surface of Box freestone mine. Farleigh Down tunnel was the perfect start to the day as the access was a walk straight in jobby and we didn't see a sole apart from a few railway workers.

The entrance area and the large rooms underground were amazing just because of the amount of laughing gas cannisters laying around on the floor. You couldn't move for nitrous cannisters, beer cans and used johnnys. It was clearly a massive site at one point (80's and 90's) for illegal raves and free parties, and to be fair what a place for a rave!

I was surprised by the size of the main room and the amount of graffiti and years of abuse that place has clearly been through. The tunnel itself was a horrible mile or so walk up a large tunnel which about half way up get smaller in size. At the end of the tunnel someone has made a good bloody effort with a disc cutter and concrete breaker to try and break through the steel plate blocking off the tunnel....none of us had the balls to climb through but I think its possible and we could feel a real draft coming through!

A good explore and defiantly worth a visit if your in the area. Not sure how long it will be left open like that though. I'm surprised the entrance hasn't been backfilled already. And if anyone ever throws a rave there....let me know hahaha.
















Thanks for looking


"Just having a look officer"
28DL Full Member
Sep 29, 2015
Hah, the hole at the end gets a little bigger each year. Still a long way to go though :D
Nice snaps fella :thumb
Yeah someone has been to some serious effort to break through! does it take you to the mine up the road do you know? Il have to loose a couple of stone before i can fit through i recon haha.


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Aug 24, 2016
Hello, Just to say I went there today, Its still open and I walked straight in, All still looks the same as your pictures and no one about


28DL Member
28DL Member
Nov 18, 2016
Good report! I went there today and nit much has changed. The iron shed is slowly rusting and collapsing but the rest is pretty sound. The hole at the end of the tunnel is a tight fit, but you can fit through. However, there isn't much the other side - a pile of old, rusted junk which you can clamber a bit of the way into, but then you get stuck!
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Garou Garou

28DL Regular User
Regular User
Jun 8, 2012
You can climb through the metal junk (if you want to risk it) and emerge into a large room stacked high with hundreds of tonnes of old metal shelving. Walk over the top of that to the point where they built a solid wall blocking off the continuing passage. No way on.

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