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Report - Majestic Culverts , Oldham [July 17]



elhomer12

Maglite size T-rex, It's time for urbex!
Regular User
#1
Explored with @EOA as a nice relaxed Sunday afternoon explore... the best type of explores. He mentioned he was planning to explore these culverts a few days beforehand and invited me along, and how can I resist the offer of drains?
Once again I've abandoned my best kit in favour of a humble 28mm f/3.5 prime from the early 80s... because who needs this modern plastic autofocus crap?


Some History
The Majestic Culverts are a series of 3 culverts along the infant River Medlock, running from the Strinesdale reservoirs, under the site of the former Orb Mill, now a school, and finally under the Majestic Mill - hence the name.


First off we started with the top-most culvert. After completely dismissing entry via the infall, we headed off to find the outfall. Finding it wasn't hard, but the size of it was clearly a bit of an issue.... look at it.... it's tiny :eek:

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So @EOA gets stuck in while I'm sort of half in the outfall, wondering if I can be bothered actually going in. If I was on my own I probably would've written this one off, but with somebody already further inside you don't have a choice, you are carrying on. Thankfully this increadibly stoopy section only lasted 10 or so metres, before opening up.

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Now on to the second Culvert. A little deep on the way in but still no breaches yet.

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Mmmmmmm, spraycrete

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...and to finish of the second culvert, a nice 12ft brick pipe. Just behind the camera here it gets rather deep, I did well to avoid a dunking, but didn't escape completely dry.

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Upon leaving the second culvert and walking downstream, a nice little footbridge appears, and beyond that the Majestic Mill itself.

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For the final culvert we entered at the outfall, because I didn't fancy a 10ft drop or tackling the slide of death, and EOA agreed.

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Here a small CSO seems to flow in from the right, easily given away by the distinctive smell of fresh and prescence of wetwipes.

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And finally we reach the end of the third culvert, complete with shopping trolley.​
 

EOA

Exploring with Bob
Regular User
#2
Cracking set of snaps there chap! I especially like the final shopping trolley shot.

Yeah I was more than happy to avoid the slide of death! I think we'd earned an easy entrance through in inflow from the stooping!
 

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