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Report - Windybottom Tunnel and waterfall - Marple - Mar 13

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    2 Tunnels - Roman Lakes Marple


    Following on from an earlier report from the Roman Lakes in Marple, I thought I'd post a few more of the many tunnels dotted about the area. What they lack in size they more than make up for in being amazingly photogenic :thumb

    The first is situated at the far end of Lakes Road, opposite the unfortunately named Windybottom farm :D


    A rather attractive stone bridge, but what lies beneath ?

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    A slip down the embankment and into the river reveals a small tunnel, around 30 metres in length,
    sporting a small waterfall and two separate tunnels branching out on either side.

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    On closer investigation, the left tunnel is extensively backfilled, or collapsed

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    whilst the right runs around 10 metres, although I suspect it ran much further

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    Atop the waterfall and looking upstream, the top end is fenced off

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    Looking back down stream and towards the millponds

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    heading downsteam we pass the largest of the millponds which feeds into this

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    Which in turn, splits two ways into...this

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    which meets up with this, slightly further downstream

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    along the way I came across a small well type structure

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    a quick drop down reveals yet another tunnel

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    which is once again backfilled or collapsed and no more than 3 ft in height

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    Looking back up towards daylight and the embankment along the side of lakes road

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    continuing downstream and another in-fall and the promise of another lovely tunnel

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    a fair old stoop at around 4 ft with shallow water and fairly easy underfoot

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    heading in and down towards a glimmer of light

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    the small doorway and steps lead up to a fenced off entrance on the enbankment

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    the tunnel drops away and the flow gets deeper as we head to the outfall

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    An impressive little waterfall feeding the river Goyt and the end of another water-tunnel

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    Another enjoyable and chilled little explore, still loads more to see too..
    Cheers for looking :thumb
     
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