Dovestones Tunnel URBEX & Hike

After going here there and everywhere looking for some fun we decided to head over to Dovestones, we ended up having a walk up to the summit and also exploring a tunnel which cuts through the landscape. There is also a factory up here we had our eyes on but that will have to wait for another time!!

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Visited by: Nic, Lee, Shorty.

Some History:

Located up on the Dovestones hillside this tunnel is 10ft in diameter and was constructed to bypass water from the greenfield brook and the Holme Clough reservoir into the Dovestones reservoir which.
The tunnel is constructed of brick and lined with large paving stones and runs dead straight for over a mile.
This is also possibly the highest culvert in the UK at over 1000ft above sea level

The Visit

Lee was back over from the oil rigs and wanted to get out and about. Living over near dovestones we decided to pay him a visit to do some training for the three peaks and also have a look at this tunnel he had mentioned.

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On Indian’s head. Would like to come back here climbing.


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To get to the tunnel we had quite a walk, up the hills and then a steep embankment. We set up our gear and abseiled down into the outfall. Before setting off Lee mentioned to us the massive slide which leads on from here and how in the summer with the aid of a wetsuit it’s great fun…so we plan on coming back!!
The tunnel was pretty slippy underfoot and the water quite deep at times, but it was a great opportunity to play with the new camera even if I nearly fell in several times.

Dovestones Is a beautiful area and has lots of climbing and bouldering up here too so I would love to come back for that. This tunnel was a great little explore and I managed to get some decent photos!

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Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.