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UK Dover Explore - March 2013

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Easter Weekend - myself, Silverainbow, HitGirl, Rich, Harry, Greg and Kevin.

The freezing temperatures, bitter wind and snow would not ruin a great day exploring Dover. These various sites have been done inside out by so many people, so I won't bore you with the history of them all, but their histories can all be easily found online.

We began the day early with Z Rocket at St Margaret's, complete with it's own Labrador guard dog. It was extremely dry down here, but a good start to the day. Moving on to North Entrance, the roof vent had been cleared of crap, creating a lovely bright light down into the tunnel. HitGirl had to be talked through the spiders in the tunnels between the water tanks here, but she braved it well. It was then time to head to Hospital Postern, a staircase, where a few artistic shots were taken with tea lights and wire wool. The climb back from here was slippery, and the polystyrene-like snow didn't help! A quick break for lunch, where Harry got well acquainted with a local pensioner, before heading to South Casemates. A nice explore, despite the graffiti, with lovely lighting. It was then time for... the pipe. A long, very small chalk cave system including an 8ft long, 40cm diameter porcelain pipe, which involved knee bashing, mound climbing, dust inhaling, body squashing, cramped crawling and a lot of laughs. North Casemates had suffered a lot less vandalism and damage, so the rooms were well worth the crawl. On the way back, I got one arm stuck down by my side, with no room to move it in front of me, meaning I had to crawl through with only one arm ahead of me, shortly followed by HitGirl almost losing her trousers. Leaving Casemates, a quick group shot was taken, before finally heading to the Grand Shaft and then to the train station for the ride home. Thanks to those that made it a great day, such a good bunch of people!

Only a few assorted photos of the places we visited, as I only have a point and shoot. Nonetheless, one or two okay shots. Enjoy!

1. Z Rocket

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2. Lovely gates at Hospital Postern (excuse the flash)

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3. Striking graffiti and rubbel at South Casemates

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4. View out from South Casemates

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5. North Casemates

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6. Icicles at North Casemates

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7. Huge concrete block backfill at North Casemates

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8. View behind of HitGirl and Kevin emerging from the pipe into the chalk cave tunnels

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9. View in front of the cramped tunnels (apologise again for the flash, no time to light paint)

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10. Looking up at Grand Shaft

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11.Lovely Dover sunset

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12. Group shot

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Like it Temple, good report!

P.S I'll never forget that pipe and the old pensioner was a seasoned cougar, smooth! :lol:

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