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UK Kettleness & Sandsend Railway Tunnels, Whitby - Jan 16

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Explored with @-Raz- & @Fatpanda after a series of car problems.

 

History;

 

Sandsend Tunnel is a tunnel on the former Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway that was opened in 1883 and closed in 1958. The rail line that ran through it was originally intended to travel along the top of the cliffs, however some of the cliff fell into the sea whilst construction was suspended so the NER constructed two tunnels, the Sandsend tunnel and the Kettleness tunnel.

 

The Sandsend Tunnel is the longer of two tunnels being 1,652 yards in length. It is predominantly straight but the north-western 300 yards incorporate a curve to the north.

There are a total of five air shafts, two of which have nearby service galleries leading off horizontally to the cliffs which were used to dump spoil while carving out the tunnels, the air shafts were capped in 1958. The southern half of the tunnel is considerably damp with the tunnel being flooded to about 6 inches on the southern 300 yards. The southern portal of the Sandsend tunnel is bricked up and it can only be accessed via the northern portal of the Kettleness tunnel by walking through the Kettleness tunnel and the area between the tunnels which is overgrown with grass and trees. The northern portal of the Sandsend tunnel partially collapsed in 2008 after years of pressure from the cliff above.

 

"It is not recommended to access the tunnels due to their poor condition; they have not been maintained since they were abandoned in 1958." - Both tunnels were in pretty good condition other than the odd bow in the wall from the pressure of the cliff above, which just goes to show how strong old school engineering really is :thumb

 

Walking the lines;

 

Parking in the hamlet of Kettleness we walked over the cliff tops to where we assumed the portal for the first tunnel was, crossing the farmers field wondering how secure it would be. On arrival however, it transpired that the NY council are a lot more laid back about railway tunnels then WY as instead of the normal palisade fortress, we found just a brick wall with a door sized hole in it.

 

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The tunnels itself was rather interesting as far as railway tunnels go, each featuring a mine adit filled with horrible orange, knee deep disgusting muddy water. Did i mention it wasnt very nice? Myself and @Fatpanda had left @-Raz- further up the tunnel so we went for a mooch down one of these. I would say it was about 100m from tunnel entrance to adit entrance, but 20 mins and up to the very limits of our wellies, i misplaced my foot whilst feeling for the next board and went in up to my lower thigh, which of course meant my welly filled to the brim. YUM!

 

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Rest of the photos;

 

Tunnels;

 

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Mine Adits;

 

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Thanks for looking :thumb

 

 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, AndyK! said:

You seem to be liking your tunnels at the moment bud :)

 

Yeah man, underground is awesome! Its normally a lot more fun than on the surface :thumb

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Glad you lads had fun :) they"re always worth a mooch.

 

Quote... The southern portal of the Sandsend tunnel is bricked up and it can only be accessed via the northern portal of the Kettleness tunnel by walking through the Kettleness tunnel :confused: 

 

What"s happened to the hatch in the block wall ? I did tell @Raz both routes :)

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13 hours ago, ACID-REFLUX said:

Glad you lads had fun :) they"re always worth a mooch.

 

Quote... The southern portal of the Sandsend tunnel is bricked up and it can only be accessed via the northern portal of the Kettleness tunnel by walking through the Kettleness tunnel :confused:

 

What"s happened to the hatch in the block wall ? I did tell @Raz both routes :)

 

No idea, thats straight off wiki lol - Never made it to the end, went about half a mile down the tunnel and had the mishap in the mine adit :thumb

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12 hours ago, hamtagger said:

Some wicked shots there Matt, sorry to hear about the welly incident lolol :D

 

:comp:

 

Its not the first time... going back to putting gaffa around the tops i think :thumb

 

Ta HT

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On 2/4/2016 at 4:57 PM, Urbexbandoned said:

I like the silouette pic of you in the tunnel :thumb 

Welly incident doesn't sound too pleasant... 

 

Great pics Matt :)

 

11 minutes ago, PlacesThatWere said:

Great shots and info about the place. Looks amazing! I hope you didn't end up in too much discomfort after getting partially submerged. 

 

It was soggy but that's about it. Think I'll plan ahead next time, bit then again I probably won't lol  

 

Cheers :thumb

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On 2/5/2016 at 0:28 AM, The_Raw said:

Looks well worth a mooch in there, worth returning with waders perhaps?

 

 

Definitely worth 1 mooch through mate, 2 might be pushing it. Not that much to see, after all it is only a railway tunnel :thumb

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