Report - Sloppy Seconds, Bury - Jan 16

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28DL Regular User
Regular User
Oct 24, 2008
I had wondered what the last culvert of the Walshaw Brook held since seeing Slop Pail, found around 60m upstream. I met up with @TunnelMon and went for a look on a cold and ultimately snowy day.

The infall looks to have suffered at the power of floods, a ladder was wedged in the stonework and a void had formed behind one of the walls. It wouldn't take much to lever the whole lot down.



A rusted pulley on the ceiling, another lose on the ground and the remains of a sluice suggest there was once a system for controlling the flow from outside.



The tunnel changes to stone arch for a bit before it rounds a corner and gets deep quick.




As I inched my way down the tunnel the water came up above waist level before I rounded the corner and emerged into daylight.


The water had deepened behind a weir in a small chamber with an outside window. It flowed down a stone cascade to a lower section, presumably at the level of the Irwell. Through the window a concrete slab could be seen which formed the roof, albeit an old knackered one seemingly full of holes from the light that could be seen below.



The final stretch remains a mystery for now although I imagine it's just deep and muddy.

For the fans, the outfall of Slop Pail looks like this:



A low arch can made seen behind the Iron beam that prevents easy access.


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Apr 5, 2015
It's odd to think that down that tunnel is a long passage that people actually spent time building, I've honestly never considered what's down places like these. I can't for the life of me recognize where abouts these drains are, though.