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TheVicar 23-06-2008 11:11

ARCHIVE - Gorton Falls and Processor Drain, Manchester - June 08
 
I met up with ThenewMendoza in Gorton where we donned our draining gear and headed off to the access point.

I'd been looking forward to seeing this drain for a while now, but had put it off until now as the method of access was a bit dodgy.

After climbing down a very corroded ladder with rungs missing, we were in the large 10ft culvert and the distant sound of the waterfall upstream was quite loud.

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As you can see, the ladder leading up the waterfall is heavily clad in filthy jamrags which for some reason put us off climbing it! Bit of a shame really as there is another smaller waterfall further up. Maybe another time with a full body suit on.

This picture shows the tunnel looking back from the waterfall downstream.

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Back at the entry point, the brook heads down into the slide of no return (death).

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Nearby the brook emerges from this marvellous syphon.
(first pic taken a while ago)

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http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f...rtonSyphon.jpg

After this we headed on to the SSSI drain where I did not take any photos on this occasion but did a report on 28dl last year:
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/...ad.php?t=23586

We then visited the Processor drain which is a bit of a long slog but always worthwhile so see all the different features.

The daylight coming from the Infall:

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Same location with extra illumination:

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Interesting phallic shaped stalagmite:

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Nice arch section of the culvert:

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Arch meets concrete box:

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The larger processor:

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A nice straight section:

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f...r/IMG_0444.jpg

My favourite bit - the crusty section!

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Finally the outfall, in the pissing rain.

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f...r/IMG_0446.jpg

We had enjoyed a good day's draining but by 8pm I was ready for some dinner. :)


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