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andymorgan

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« on: October 16, 2005, 10:54:15 pm »
Does anybody know if there is access to the adit in the West Twin Brook. I had a look in through the gate and it looked quite interesting.

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2005, 08:53:15 am »
CSCC C&A - have been in touch with Bristol Water about regaining access to this adit for cavers etc. and have received a good response so far - awaiting final agreement from landowner/trustees.

(Been working on this on and off for over nine months so a couple more shouldn't hurt).

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2005, 10:59:11 am »
So what's through the big door? Is it "just" an adit or are there interesting pokey-around bits? How long is it? Etc??

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2005, 02:16:48 pm »
As you enter, there are a series of grooves in the floor/collecting tanks (not very deep) where presumably grit/sediment was supposed to settle (although I'm totally guessing). The adit is completely horizontal and level and just goes and goes and goes into the hillside; if you're into geology you can see the sequencing of the lower limestone shale into the old red sandstone and there are a few dark spaces here and there where voids appear in the roof, stempled for safety but I wouldn't trust them taking any weight so are probably best left well alone!

The muddy walk continues until you see in the distance two piercing bright eyes unblinkingly staring back at you reflecting your light. This is the moment when you either think (a) it's a scary big panther hiding and I don't want to corner it `cos it'll rip me leg off or... (b) it's some cats eyes knicked off the highway and put there to scare people off.

The answer is really (b) but at the time we didn't know that so opted for (a) and quietly turned round and left.

If you've been to Sandford Levy it's nothing like that but does have a similar design (if that's the right word!).

I think it goes 300+ metres or thereabouts. I expect someone has the precise details from an early edition of Mendip Underground or other reference book.

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2005, 10:41:54 am »
Well done CSCC access officer!

I hope my post doesn't jeopardise any access agreement.

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2005, 03:19:47 pm »
Why worry, Andy? If future access arrangements were so fragile they were jeopardised by someone asking an innocent question here, then the arrangement negotiated wouldn't have lasted anyway. I often wondered what was in there too. Perhaps I might get a legitimate chance to find out one day.

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2005, 03:45:41 pm »
Shall update when news is forthcoming. On a general note, however, it is perhaps worth pointing out that geological time is relevant not only to caves when they are being formed.

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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2005, 11:06:08 pm »
Quote


I expect someone has the precise details from an early edition of Mendip Underground or other reference book.


Mendip: the complete caves and a view of the hills
Barrington and Stanton 1976

WEST TWIN BROOK ADIT
Central Mendip  
grid ref 47555820
Also known as Burrington Adit, Waterworks Tunnel
Altitude 520ft Length 980ft Vertical Range 15ft
 Burrington Combe, beside stream in West Twin Brook valley, 250 yards from road. Long level tunnel, driven 1941-44 by Axbridge Rural District Council to tap the supposedly vast water resources of the Old Red Sandstone under Blackdown. The venture failed because the local sand-stone was much less permeable than predicted. The first 620ft of the adit are in Lower Limestone Shales, the remainder in Sandstone. There is small-bore labyrinthine cave development in limestone beds in the middle, and at the base, of the Shales. In 1958-62 mean daily flow was 45000 gallons, with a minimum of only 660 gallons. The source was abandoned when the pipes were destroyed in the 1968 floods. Ref: UBSS Proceedings 10(1)pp24-25.

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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2006, 03:16:47 pm »
Oops, access update under new thread: click here....

http://ukcaving.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=1833

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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2006, 06:49:51 pm »
Does anyone want to visit this on the TBA 2006
http://www.c**tplaces.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4451
(you wont see the topic unless you have a login)

I have posted an event on c**tplaces and also invite anyone here being a CSCC access thingy. Small group, take some photos, hunt the cat! be nice day :D

CANCELLED - PM me as a new date is being arranged

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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2006, 07:22:15 pm »
Note that the voids Chris mentioned are not big enough to get into, so don't get excited.

And if you're over 5' 10" and over fifty it'll give you a bad back!
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2006, 04:25:30 pm »
Well done CSCC, is it on the CSCC key? I may have a look this weekend, as I am back in England...

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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2006, 06:01:30 pm »
It's on a combination lock; PM for code. Please do not publish the combination number, thanks! Also, try and avoid dropping the nice shiny new lock in the filthy stinking viscous mud at the entrance.

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« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2006, 12:52:46 am »
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Well done CSCC, is it on the CSCC key? I may have a look this weekend, as I am back in England...

Andy,
If you still plan to visit this location do you want to meet up with myself and I think atleast one other this weekend (25 or 26th) I have decided not to go on the 4th march. Anyone else?

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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2006, 08:31:55 am »
If you're going to WTBA you should also at least visit Goathchurch Cavern at the same time since WTBA isn't really enough on its own to justify the effort/time/travel.

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« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2006, 09:26:41 am »
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If you're going to WTBA you should also at least visit Goathchurch Cavern at the same time since WTBA isn't really enough on its own to justify the effort/time/travel.


......add on Sidcot Swallet and that will only leave you with several hours to kill before lunch!!!

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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2006, 12:18:42 pm »
Yeah, I havent really spent much time in mendips. Never visited these places I heard of over and over again.

Are they open to evil dooers like me?

Looks like Saterday 25th is going to be Mendip Day if anyone here wants to meet with me and so far joker001 from DP post here please or PM.

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« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2006, 03:28:37 pm »
Yep, they're open - no restrictions, no insurance needed. Just don't go down the Lobster Pot otherwise you'll have trouble.....

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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2006, 11:23:04 pm »
25th 10am just up from Aveline's Hole.

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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2006, 11:40:14 pm »
Oh, Root, you're spending more time on this forum than your own!.....

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« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2006, 08:49:17 am »
Oh GOD NO!  :shock:

Who is coming then?

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« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2006, 06:33:22 pm »
Visited the tunnel today at about 10am.
Wellys needed for water and icky mud on entrance before the dam after which is just water not very deep as long as you walk on the sides and not in the dip in the middle. Strange brick 'pool' just inside about 2ft deep. The tunnel isnt very high, I was stooping a lot and I am only 5'4. Various supports put in some way down the middle. We fed and watered the panther, nice little kitty really... Took a couple of tunnel shots which I hope to point url's to or upload to the gallery later, sadly only two pictures take as the camera was dropped by its owner and the lens inside went all wobbly, not a cheap camera but a very professional one, should be repairable. We didnt spent a lot of time in the tunnel, we left, the gate was locked on exit.

We also located goatchurch cavern were we met the mighty Andy Sparrow, appologies to the chap trying to give a briefing I intrupted. Nice to meet you Mr Sparrow Sir :D We ambled in following behind the group for our first look (not really being cavers) nice place. I think I heard Cap 'n Chris's voice!? at one point! We did a little loop inside coming out of the Tradesmans's entrance with the help of the rope I asume  the group behind us had installed. Enoyed that, will be returning!

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« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2006, 07:08:48 pm »
Just 2 pictures taken due to camera droppings. The DP album for this location is here;
http://www.c**tplaces.co.uk/phpBB2/album_cat.php?cat_id=353
You can only see the full size pictures if your logged in as a registered user. However below the image is a  link 'view for a 1024x768 screen', use that if your a guest to see biggest picture. Good photos, camera sat on a stone while light painting with cap lamps.

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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2006, 07:19:40 pm »
Hi Rooty-tooty - superb pics of the Adit. Yep, I was down Goatchurch all day so popped up to quickly say "Hi!" to a surprised DPer before lurking off into the darkness once again....

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« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2006, 11:48:32 am »
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Andy,
If you still plan to visit this location do you want to meet up with myself and I think atleast one other this weekend (25 or 26th) I have decided not to go on the 4th march. Anyone else?


Sorry dp, i would have liked to have gone, but I was too busy. Glad you had a good time though.
   As you like mines and other man-made tunnels, I think you would like Sandford Levy as well. Details are in Mendip UG, access easy to gain.