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Anyone feel the need to be MOD?
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:14 pm by meanwood_monks
Been thinking about this for a while now.

Some of you guys/gals have been here since day 1. Cheers for all your support over this time.
Was wondering if anyone was wanting to keep an eye on things and have MOD rights here.



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PostSubject: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:35 am

Having slept in for my original planned visit to Bradford.
It was now my turn to have a go at this well known beast in the world of urban exploration.

The day didn't start of too well. Awwrisp had text me he'd had the stomach bugs all night and couldn't come (Hope your well now mate)
So there I was all kitted up and ready to go, suddenly we were faced with the prospect that we didn't know were to access the tunnel.
Not to worry!! With cool heads we headed off for a Macdonalds breakfast in Leeds and phoned Awwrisp to get an idea were we needed to be.
After about 5 minutes driving around Bradford we found the access point and were in.

The Yorkshire city of Bradford is well known as the curry capital of Britain.
In the world of urban exploration, It is also known as the drain capital of the North.
Hidden below the city streets runs the Bradford beck. Nicknamed Macro by It's subterranen travellers.
Macro is a fearsome challenge and real twisting supercharger of a drain.
It is the drain that all others are measured by.
Within the labyrinth of tunnels, 2 more systems are spawned, Academy and Pandoras box.

We were about to leave the smell of Chicken Tikka's, and Masala's behind to sample the musty stank depths of the beast Macro.

100 years of flash floods have taken there toll, ripped up and battered tunnel fabric leave pot holes, and hazards a plenty for the unwary traveller.



Hidden beneath Centenery square in Bradford is this magnificent subterranean vaulted arch room as grand as any Cathedral. There were plans to open up this section of beck with the Alsop plan to regenerate the city centre. 'The Bowl' is an ambitious project to open up the beck and create a huge pool to act as the pivotal point of the new city centre.

This drain was creating a thuderous roar we could hear from some distance away. It was coming in at a fair old continous rate.



The Bradford beck runs underground, just higher up from the old Odeon cinema, It twists and turns under centenery square before emerging near to Valley parade football ground.
Unusually for a major city, Bradford is not built on any substantial body of water. The ford from which it takes its name 'Broad-Ford' was a crossing of the stream called Bradford Beck. The beck rises in the Pennine hills to the west of the city, and is swelled by tributaries such as Horton Beck, Westbrook, Bowling Beck and Eastbrook. At the site of the original ford, just below the present Bradford Cathedral, it turns north, and flows more or less straight towards the River Aire at Shipley.
The beck's course through the city centre is entirely underground and was mostly so by the middle of the 19th century.







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At long last we could get out of this place, daylight was once again ours after 6 long hours underground!

Having spent nearly 6 hours underground, there was no way we were traversing the tunnels the way we had come. We climbed out at the first opening of the beck, and made a hasty retreat through the centre of Bradford back to the car. At this point in time we didn't care what we looked like. Hot showers, food and coffee was the order of the day!

Bradford centenery square nicely lit on a clear Autumnal Saturday evening.
Many Bradfordians are totally unaware of the hidden watery underworld beneath there feet!

A great explore this guys! Dam hard work though.
Cheers!

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PostSubject: Re: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:02 am

Excellent work Phil, cracking photographs and a really nice write up. Did you see any rats? Love the people shots in that brick pipe, really cool. How long were you underground? It looks like there were a lot of different types of tunnels there.
Good work mate.
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PostSubject: Re: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:12 am

Rich wrote:
Excellent work Phil, cracking photographs and a really nice write up. Did you see any rats? Love the people shots in that brick pipe, really cool. How long were you underground? It looks like there were a lot of different types of tunnels there.
Good work mate.
No mate. We were the only rats in the tunnel. It was a well dodgy place to walk, but clean enough compared to some tunnel and drains.
We were in there 5 and a half hours.
I was glad to get out!! Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:16 am

Great Explore phill Smile I will have to get down there as soon as I can!!
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PostSubject: Re: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:18 pm

SamHirst wrote:
Great Explore phill Smile I will have to get down there as soon as I can!!
Yeah mate. There's loads more to see. I dunno If I'm in a big rush to go back down. The pictures always make it look easier than It really is. I'm sure the other guys will tell you the same Very Happy

I've a load more pics on my flickr stream now as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:21 pm

Nice shots and nice report there mate.
Glad you finally made it down there, it is really good. Although did you come out at your last picture???
If you did you missed quite a bit, although with one car it was probably a wise choice.
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PostSubject: Re: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:14 pm

meanwood_monks wrote:
Nice shots and nice report there mate.
Glad you finally made it down there, it is really good. Although did you come out at your last picture???
If you did you missed quite a bit, although with one car it was probably a wise choice.
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Yeah mate we bailed out at the bridge pic. I knew there was another bit further down. I guess that's the 2 huge infall tunnels? We'd been in there nearly 6 hours, the batteries were out and we'd had more than enough by then. We needed home comforts by then lol.
I think there's another 2 trips to see all of this yet. I've sussed out were those big stairs are too.
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PostSubject: Re: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:50 pm

I'm getting more and more tempted by the thought of venturing underground after seeing some of the photos on here. I've never done anything like this before so if anyone fancies taking a *ehem* 'virgin' along on their next trip, let me know.
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PostSubject: Re: Subterranean Bradford-The macro drain.   Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:46 pm

muse wrote:
I'm getting more and more tempted by the thought of venturing underground after seeing some of the photos on here. I've never done anything like this before so if anyone fancies taking a *ehem* 'virgin' along on their next trip, let me know.
lol.. sounds good fun Very Happy
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