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UK Ackworth Water Reservior, Wakefield - Sept 15

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Explored with Raz on the off chance we could get in

Bit of background;

As the village of Ackworth grew significantly in the 1970s with several large new housing developments, water pressure became a problem. The solution was to give Ackworth a water tower of its own. Previously the water tower at Pontefract had provided the pressure regulating facility, but Pontefract too had seen significant housing development and some parts of Ackworth were literally on the end of the line, about 5 miles from the Pontefract tower.

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Ackworth Water Tower is located at the top of Castle Syke Hill, just off the A628 Pontefract Road. The immediate effect of the pressure improvement was a series of mains bursts over many months all the way down the water main under the A628 as it ran through Ackworth. The water main had obviously deteriorated over time but the low pressure had concelaed the problem. Any repair cascaded the problem to the next weakest point. Eventually a full water main renewal, at considerable discruption to local traffic, was the solution.

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The Explore;

Not much to say really, we never expected to get in and we were surprised when we did, killed a few hours.

Some seriously dodgey ladders here and made all the more interesting while hiding from a farmer in the next field flying round with the sun on the front of his tractor illuminating most of the site.

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Thanks for looking :thumb

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Pics came out well mate, sounded awesome with music on down there!

Location for the next meet up? ;) lol

Cheers bud :thumb

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Never saw such a water tower from inside, well captured.

just go try some lids, I suspect most will be open?

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Nicely done lads :thumb

Always meant to call here but never have, maybe i should bob down one night.

Looks like the same construction as the Bradford service Reservoir that was dug up last year, identical square section posts.

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Nicely done lads :thumb

Always meant to call here but never have, maybe i should bob down one night.

Looks like the same construction as the Bradford service Reservoir that was dug up last year, identical square section posts.

Worth a look down if your close mate :)

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