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The Dark Arches, Leeds - June 2015

Hydro

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Explored with Raz & a non - member



Bit of history to start;

In 1864 it was proposed to build "New Station" in Leeds. Construction began in 1866 and the station was completed in 1869. The new station was built on arches which span the River Aire, Neville Street and Swinegate. The building of the station led to the creation of the 'Dark Arches' over Neville Street. Over 18 million bricks were used during their construction, breaking records at the time. Although the arches appear to be part of one single structure, closer inspection reveals that it is a series of independent viaducts two or four tracks wide.



The Explore;

After generally treking around Leeds looking for more rooftops we decided to have a walk down the Dark Arches and see what we could find, not expecting to be very successful how ever we were in luck! we found an access point, a quick look around and a short climb later we were in a drain (y)



Pretty cool explore really and i hope to return soon with waders so we can explore more. i doubt we even scratched the surface!

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If you got this far, thanks for reading (y)


 

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Ta buddy! First experience of going underground really. Loved it (y)

 
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ive heard that there is a railway station down there somewhere... perhaps we may be onto something... the holy grail... dare i say it, the SSR?

 

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Cracking stuff mate, great to see these reports from you and getting involved (y)

 

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You got some great shots there (y) Always fancied trying this one, need to try and get it done this summer.

 

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You got some great shots there (y) Always fancied trying this one, need to try and get it done this summer.
Get on with it mate! There's so much more down there than we first thought. Spent Friday, sunday and last night exploring and I bet we haven't done a 1/4 of it!!

 

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Cool set and nice shots man :) Thanks for share ;)

A typical entry to a underground ;) (y)

 
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