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Report - Royal Marines Deep Refuge, Chatham. June 2020


Urban Ginger Hog

28DL Full Member
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With so many previous reports being submitted along with YouTube vids, I shall spare you all the history as it's already been covered nicely by IKS, and others.

A group of pals whom I hadn't seen since 2019 agreed to meet up in order to hit a nicely hidden location, which thankfully has only been covered by 1 other person. Well, after spending the early part of the evening in this particular location it was off to Chatham to try and go one step even further. Still on a high from our initial explore I was sceptical that it could be bettered, especially in the same evening. Well, after trying not to draw attention to ourselves, we quickly entered the RMDR. From reviewing previous reports on this site I was expecting a nasty surprise but found the staircase down into the lower depths quite simple and all added to the experience. After we had sorted out our kit and got a trusty Olight and camera out, we were off. Coming into the main tunnel section we came across a rare sight of the original fold down bunks still being in place. A few shots later with both my camera and mobile, we proceeded further into the tunnel system which seemed as long, if not longer than our first explore of the evening. It wasn't long till I was by myself further down a certain section, which gave me time to focus on a bit of photography. As I pressed on without the others I soon realised just how vast this great complex is. Upon shooting the ablution area, which has original signage still in place, it was time to chill for 10 minutes with a drink and let the others catch me up. With so much to see I decided to explore rather than spend ages on taking photos. Passing back by a pal, I sat and watched his technique with the camera and took a few mental notes before moving on. I had already turned right at a T-junction and taken a shot of some dodgy looking stairs. Now it was time to head back to the junction and head down the other part of the complex. I soon came to a wall with a small hole which required a crawl through but again all added to the fun. Approx. 30 metres in and I came to another staircase which was considerably more dangerous looking than the others. A pal had joined me and we were discussing photography techniques, etc., when the others rocked up. They stated they had already been to this section but hadn't gone any further as the stairs looked a step too far (pardon the pun). Knowing damn well I wouldn't be seeing this location possibly ever again this was no time to pass an opportunity by. So, despite most of the staircase being non-existent we cracked on. Thinking it would be just 2 flights of stairs it turned out to be about 6!! It was well worth the climb though as there was a whole other floor, with a plant room and tunnel which came back round on itself. Another great gem found, and a first, was a green speaker which was no doubt part of an announcement system. This was a fantastic explore but it was time to go, especially as I wasn't the one driving us all home. Managing to nicely smack my chest coming out of the site, I still had a big smile on my face. A great evening with good pals in awesome locations.

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That's about it people, till next time, stay safe
 

obscurity

Flaxenation of the G!!!
Regular User
Good effort. That upper section is definately my favorite part. Just goes to show these things are never sealed if you put some effort in :thumb
 

Grom

Camera Drowner
Regular User
Wow I thought this one was long gone after they had the container sat ontop for a while. Nice to see it's till doable. It's a lovely set of tunnels. Well done in getting it done!
 

Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
I imagine the reason why you found the staircase down ok was the fact it was not the one used previously, which was a tad sketchy, and the ones going up to the second level where much better , but the ones going to the very top where knackered 6 years ago. nicely lit shots mate and its not a bad one is it
 

Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
The MoD say this is not a military refuge so nothing to do with the Royal Marines? It is more likely a civic (ARP) deep shelter.

without looking at the link, but going from what i remember when researching before visiting it's a dressing station and used by the barracks on the upper level ?

After reading your link thats a very odd response considering its location and entrance within the barracks itself
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
Regular User
Always nice to see this place pop up. Well done on getting in unnoticed. Always wanted to do here. Great shots, yep ive seen the ropey stairs, glad you were safe going up there. Nicely covered :thumb
 

Urban Ginger Hog

28DL Full Member
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I imagine the reason why you found the staircase down ok was the fact it was not the one used previously, which was a tad sketchy, and the ones going up to the second level where much better , but the ones going to the very top where knackered 6 years ago. nicely lit shots mate and its not a bad one is it
An awesome location but wish I had spent more time on my shots, but was happy as larry to experience it
 

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