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  1. History Eyebrook Reservoir is located in the East Midlands, straddling the borders of Rutland and Leicestershire. The closest village is Caldecott, which can be found to the south of the reservoir near the dam. The reservoir itself was constructed between 1937 and 1940, by Stewarts & Lloyds, to supply water to their Corby steel works which required 8 million gallons of water per day. The dam was constructed using concrete blocks and clay; it is 517 metres long overall, with a width of 4.6 metres at the top and 90 metres at its base. Just like Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District, Eyebrook was used during the Second World War by the RAF and the bombers of 617 squadron, as a practice site for the Dambuster raids. A plaque commemorating Mohne, the dam that was partially destroyed in Britain’s efforts to disrupt Germany’s war effort, has been placed at Eyebrook reservoir. The reservoir and dam was selected as a training ground because of its close resemblance to German dams. Several weeks before the raids were due to take place, Lancaster bombers could be heard roaring over nearby villages, including Caldecott, as they barely skipped over the tree tops; there was a mere 18 metres between the giant machines and the ground. It was crucial the four-engined planes kept as low as possible though, to remain undetected, and for the bombs to work effectively. Nonetheless, none of the planes had altimeters that worked at such low levels, so large spotlights fitted to the nose and tails of the aircraft were used instead to illuminate the surroundings. The practice raids took many of the local residents by surprise at first and many sought shelter beneath kitchen tables when the area suddenly became intensely active, especially at night. Beams of light flooding through windows, and the loud thunder of powerful engines, caused mass panic in the area as people believed the Germans were invading. The reason for the bombers being in the area was only revealed after the success of the mission was announced by the BBC over the radio. In total, the site is approximately 201 hectares (500 acres); 155.12 hectares of this consists of canals and open water that has an average depth of 17ft throughout, except near the dam where it is a little deeper. Since 1942, the reservoir has been used as a brown and rainbow trout fishery. Most of the fishermen who gather at this location specialise in fly fishing, as this location responds well to this style. The remaining land is made up of natural grass and woodland and has become a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to certain plant and wildlife in the area. Many of the birds found in the woodland at Eyebrook are popular among bird watchers. Our Version of Events As we’ve been trying to venture outside the north of England a little bit more we decided to head through Leicestershire on our travels. Having heard that Eyebrook Reservoir outflow is something to behold, we decided to get ourselves over there and have a wee look for ourselves. Since it sounded a lot like Ladybower in the Peak District, it seemed like it would be an awesome afternoon out. Daylight was fading fast after our usual morning of fucking around, meaning we didn’t have much of an afternoon left, so at a junction we had the choice to turn right towards Eyebrook, or head left to an epic-sounding mine. A distinct lack of judgement made us turn right towards Eyebrook. To avoid getting the car trapped in the car park, because we were unsure how long we were going to be in the overflow, we ditched the car in a layby and chose to walk up to the site. The walk is pleasant, but long, and it wastes even more time. I guess the moral of the story is that you should be better prepared on a morning, then in the afternoon you won’t have to rush around… But alas, we make the same mistake every time. A small cluster of trees was just on the horizon, and judging by what we’d seen on google maps, what we were looking for was inside them. The trees in the distance were the sort that didn’t seem to get much bigger, though, no matter how quickly you walk. Twenty minutes or so later, we reached the woods. Finding the overflow was easy once we stepped into the trees. Almost immediately we were greeted by a large concrete culvert, analogous to something you see in American films. Our excitement quickly escalated. Next, after climbing down into the culvert, we walked into what felt like a great canyon made out of concrete blocks. Both sides towered above us, so we were completely invisible to anyone fishing up at the reservoir. Feeling a little like we were entering into some incredibly grand man-made valley, we continued around the corner. The mouth of the overflow was just ahead. It was smaller than we’d expected, but it still looked tempting. The next few minutes were spent getting out torches, so we could enjoy the next bit with maximum visibility. As it turned out, it was a complete waste of time getting the torches out. After taking a couple of steps inside the entrance, we noticed a very obvious portal of light at the other end of the tunnel. Not quite believing that the whole thing could be so short, we pressed on, expecting we’d perhaps find a second section. We were wrong, however. At the other end it was obvious there was nothing but a small hole, and all this led to, a few metres inside, was a metal gate that opens when water wants to come out. Glancing around at the faces of my fellow explorers, it was manifest that disappointment was ripe among the group. Vowing never to come to Eyebrook Reservoir again, we proceeded to head back to the car. The sun was starting to go down now, so we decided it was best to simply find a pub and drown our sorrows. Explored with Ford Mayhem, Meek-Kune-Do and Husky. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14:
  2. I have wanted to see this place for over 2 years, so was great to see it at last. I like photographing Victorian brickwork, which upstood years of use and then years of neglect, and is still in good condition. Many thanks to Hughie for this one. Very little history on the place but this is the underground Victorian reservoir of the Grantham Water Company which was formed in 1855 Explored with the most excellent company of Mikeymutt, Rubex & JanovitchGagovan. thanks for looking
  3. Day out with Antony Background; Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England. The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River Derwent flows south, initially through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir, and finally through Ladybower Reservoir. The dam's design is unusual in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows (locally named the "plugholes") at the side of the wall. These are stone and of 80 feet (24 m) diameter with outlets of 15 feet (4.6 m) diameter. Each discharges via its own valve house at the base of the dam. The overflows originally had walkways around them but they were dismantled many years ago. The bell mouths are often completely out of the water and are only rarely submerged, often after heavy rainfall or flooding. The building of the reservoir resulted in the 'drowning' of the villages of Ashopton and Derwent (including Derwent Woodlands church and Derwent Hall). Ashopton stood roughly where the road to the Snake Pass met the Snake valley. The buildings in Ashopton were demolished before the reservoir was filled, but much of the structure of Derwent village was still visible during a dry summer some 14 years later. The narrow stone Packhorse Bridge over the Derwent was removed and rebuilt at the head of the Howden reservoir. The clock tower of the church had been left standing and the upper part of it was visible above the water level until 1947, when it was seen as a hazard and demolished with explosives on 15 December. The Explore; Not wanting to waste a nice Saturday we decided to have a jaunt around Lady Bower and just happen to take abseiling gear... We were not planning this or anything promise A very fun day out and i wish to return soon. Pics; Made (Nearly stood on) a friend The res itself Thanks for looking
  4. Heard about this place a little while ago after watching it on the news while visiting my mum in Bedfordshire. I spoke to her about it and she was telling me about when it was stopped being used and providing the residents of Bedford with water and has been like this ever since. I found this online, gotta be useful to you guys who like your underground stuff. Dont think it will be too long before this training centre takes hold though from how it reads. Looks to open in January 2017. http://m.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/community-news/elite-police-training-centre-to-be-built-in-old-underground-bedford-reservoir-1-6953308
  5. History Ladybower Reservoir lies in the Peak District and was established in 1935, when the Derwent Valley Water Board were tasked with providing a sustainable and safe water source for Sheffield and other surrounding areas and key cities. It was the final reservoir to be constructed out of the three that now reside within the vicinity. Ladybower wasn’t completed until 1943 and during that time it was necessary for two local villages (Derwent and Ashopton) to be drowned. Although all of the residents were relocated, one lady refused to move and continued to live in her property up until her death in 1990. By this point, it was rumoured that the water in Ladybower Reservoir was touching the front steps of her cottage. The remnants of the village still lie beneath the surface of the water and occasionally, when the water levels are particularly low, some of the old structures are still visible to passersby. The dam itself is especially unique as it houses two entirely enclosed bellmouth overflows which are each located at either side of the wall. Both structures are constructed of stone and have a diameter of 24 metres (80ft), with outlets that are 4.6 metres (15ft) in diameter. Water is discharged via two separate valve houses which are situated at the base of the dam. Although the overflow tunnels originally had walkways positioned throughout, they have been dismantled and, with the exception of the odd frog, fish and shrew, the structures remain completely bare. Our Version of Events After a good caving session in the Peak District we found ourselves inadvertently driving towards Ladybower Reservoir. As we drove we gazed at the calm waters, and watched several people casually fishing and riding bicycles. Suddenly, the exploration urge began to twitch and in an instant we found ourselves tucked away inside a fine looking overflow tunnel. Inside it was reasonably windy and a fair amount of nature also decided to join us on our little expedition into the darkness. Both overflow systems are remarkable structures though, and were well worth a visit! Explored with Ford Mayhem, Meek-Kune-Do, The Hurricane and Rizla Rider.
  6. 1. Waterloo Reservoir 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. Waterloo Reservoir 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. Waterloo Reservoir 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. Waterloo Reservoir 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. Waterloo Reservoir 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 6. Waterloo Reservoir 06 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 7. Waterloo Reservoir 07 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 8. Waterloo Reservoir 08 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  7. Visited with Extreme ironing, The Raw, MrDan and Dirtyjigsaw History South of an area known as 'Caesar’s Camp' on the A287 which was a major water catchment area for Aldershot Camp which had its own water supply from Aldershot Town There were (and still are) a number of uncovered reservoir's and until recent years a water tower and pump house on the other side of the road These would feed smaller header reservoirs and water towers in the camp which in turn fed tanks in the roofs of the barracks The old hutted Aldershot Camp dates from the 1880's after the Crimean War when it replaced an earlier tented camp Pics Thanks for looking
  8. So I've visited this place twice before but only taken photos down there once. Most of the hatches are welded shut, however two of them are accessible, one leading down to a large square section and the other down to a much smaller, round section of the reservoir. The ladders leading down are slightly unstable and do wobble as your going down Nice explore for warm afternoon!
  9. Last time I visited here I didn't have a tripod and ended up not being able to get any decent shots so as I was sat on the M6 going no with the turn off less than a mile away I decided to break up the trip up There isn't any history knocking about but since the other reservoir down the road was demolished this is now the last remaining victorian service reservoir in Lancashire, there are not many of these brick vaulted reservoirs left in the country with most that are left being in or around Landan.
  10. November 2013 This was a quick visit with little time available, which was handy as the place is tiny. All that I have managed to find out about this place is that it was a reservoir built to service the East Ashford Union Workhouse. In 1837, the East Ashford Union erected a workhouse on the west side of Kennington Road in Ashford. It was designed to accommodate 350 inmates and the architect was John Whichcord of Maidstone whose plan was based on Sir Francis Head's model courtyard design. Sorry about the picture quality. Ash res by dualster, on Flickr Ash res (2) by dualster, on Flickr Ash res (1) by dualster, on Flickr
  11. After looking for this one for a while it popped up in here so I have to say thanks to Will Knot for the location, like a dick I was looking half a mile up the road for the site. I was passing and decided to pop in under the cover of darkness, to say it's close to the nearby house would be an understatement so I headed over in the dark and almost slipped on my arse more than once but it was worth it I did have a new tripod after Hyde Falls ate my manfroto one but the new one snapped the day I got it so these are handheld or with the camera placed on the floor .
  12. I can't find any history on the place Driving along the A51 towards Meaford near Stone and you can't really miss it Not much to say about it really so on with the pics And inside the reservoir
  13. I love this place, Explored it back in 2010 and when I heard it was open again I had to go back, Bit of History for those of you that dont know; Crete Road / Silver Springs Reservoir, Construction work was completed on July 1866, It was alleged to have supplied the Silver Springs Soft Drinks Company with water although some other History that I have read seems to contradict this, There are two tanks, Each approx 88ft long and lined with cement, They are Interconnected by arch ways, So so Pics Left Hand Side Right Hand Side Overflow Pipe and Rungs down in to the Right Chamber from Overhead Bit of Arty And Finally Thanks for taking the time to check out my Pics
  14. Built in 1884 to provide water storage for the Leyland area the reservoir was decommissioned in 1992. It provided locals with water for 108 years and in it's heyday it stored up to 300,000 Gallons of water. English heritage twice turned down applications to have it listed stating it was "Neither a rare nor an exceptional example of it's type" It was previously owned by united utilities until March 2013. It will shortly be demolished to make way for 14 new homes. With eleventy billion people milling round the place it was impossible to get many shots without several people in shot, but here's the images I managed to grab.
  15. I've been trying to get into here for over a year now without success, it's a shame that the only way in was a permission visit as it's due to be demolished. there were quite a few people coming and going which was a bit irritating especially as they kept coming over to see what I was taking pics of.
  16. I've been wanting to abseil down the plugholes at Ladybower reservoir for years and a few weeks ago managed to finally get around to it as the water levels are really low... Enjoy!
  17. Crete Road Reservoir was Constructed in 1866, completed late July Its sole purpose was to supply water to the Silver Spring Soft Drinks Factory, Visited with Space Invader On with some pics And now for a bit of self indulgednce And one from "Up Top" Also Visited The Hills pipeline tunnel whilst we were there, Some pics from this also Space Invader kind of got featured in this one Thanks for taking the time to check out my pics
  18. This was qite a tricky place to find as it was another night time explore,we evetully found it after lots of useful texts from the ever helpful Obscurity,visited with wevsky & nitewalker. The history,not much available about this place. Crete Road reservoir is build into the hillside just off Crete Road West in Folkestone. It's victorian in contruction, being built about 1866, and consists of 2 arched rooms about 88 feet long each, which were used as massive water tanks to supply a drinks factory lower down on the hillside with a reliable supply of water for use in it's manufacturing process. This is part of Hills reservoir,can find any info about this place,got in by pure chance that the door had been left unlocked
  19. Right a visit has been long over due..crete road the facts as is written are these Construction work on the reservoir was completed on 2nd July 1866 and was used to supply a nearby soft drink factory in Folkestone with water. There are two tanks, each approximately 88ft long and lined with cement. The second thing we came Across behind a big steel door in near by woodlands ive done a quick scour of the net and i nelieve its called the hills reservoir..if im wrong please feel free to inform me..i believe its about 600 yeards long and i think was built around 1953 and atthe far end is valves and various pipes etc and a ladder leading into a room ,with a locked gate at top of ladder so thats as far as we got.. crete rd it self i didnt faff around with effects or playing around with lighting i was cold wet and glad i didnt slip 14 odd foot of the metal beam to my cameras death so i got some pics.. Visited with uncle B and nite walker Right crete road first whic ive been told and now realise would have been so much nicer during the day to find and explore Not a huge amount of pics you can get from inside this place unless you have the time to play with some different coloured lighting or maybe play with some things that burn which funnily enuff i didnt bring... Right onto the Hills reservoir or at least the tunnel leading up to the pumping room which was locked tight!! Right not the most epic of adventures,but crete road has been in mind for a while and the second part behind the big door was a bonus..cheers to obs for the nod about said door..
  20. Visited this place a few months ago but did not descend into the 2 chambers as I was by myself, felt a little braver this morning so went back for another look. Unfortunately I did not take my box brownie this time as I forgot to pick it up when I left, the pics below are from my first visit but only show the entrance tunnel and a few shots down into it. Went in this time, what a great little place, no chav damage and in really good nick. It was originally built to supply water to the Silversprings factory. Entrance Tunnel leading in Looking back at entrance Across the top of the 2 chambers Looking down One of the 3 vents above