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Report - Tidenham Tunnel, Tidenham, February 2009

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by theMusicMan, Feb 21, 2009.

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    I posted these elsewhere, but thought that many here might like to have a peek at them too. They are just a few shots of what was an excellent trip.

    I do have to say though that this was a considerable achievement for me - as I have a fear of the dark i.e. pitch black, well not quite a fear of the dark, I don't know what it is a fear of exactly, maybe a fear of being trapped in the dark or something similar. I don't like flying, lifts, caves etc... so not sure what the exact phobia is. However, as this tunnel is 'S' shaped, it is pitch black for 1000 yards, and I mean pitch black... one cannot see ones hand in front of ones face black!!

    After a few weeks of planning with a mate and his family, and we managed to get out yesterday to the disused railway tunnel at Tidenham. The tunnel was built to serve the Wye Valley Line, and runs adjacent to the now closed Tidenham Quarry, and is just over 1200 yards in length. The rail track is still in place, very rusty it is, though it hasn't had a train on it for 40 odd years I think.

    We started by driving to the Southern portal, but unfortunately this has recently been blocked off by a fierce looking 6' metal fence. Several of us could have climbed over this, but we had our lady wifes and younger kids with us, so we decided to seek out the North Portal and take a look there. This too was found to be fenced off, but someone had considerately 'bent' one of the end verticals, making some room between the fence and the wall of the tunnel, and so it was passable for all but my mate and I. So... they went through and we climbed over!!

    The quarry itself is private property, and so the entrance to it is barriered off, which means one has to park up and walk a good 1.5 miles to get to the North portal entrance. We followed the track past an alarmed building that, though unoccupied, sounds a very loud alarm and 'voice warning' message if you wander too close to it telling you to keep away!! Found that quite funny tbh.

    So here's some of the pics from what was an excellent day out.

    Small caves on the approach to the North portal (my son and his gf in the pic)

    The North portal

    Some light painting in the tunnel

    Small workers refuge (many of these along the length of the tunnel)

    ... and the same image but with some tone mapping to bring out some more detail...

    Some more light painting

    Looking into the North Portal at the entrance (it gets dark - pitch black dark - around 80 yards into the tunnel)

    Gallery to all pics here.

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