Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Near Miss

History wise all I can say is the road above dates from 1876.

A short scramble down an embankment and a bit of looking around lead me to the entrance to this little beauty :D

Using my tripod to cut the spider webs out the way I headed in, at first it stands about 5 foot in height but quickly opens up into a 12 foot chamber with a small waterfall dropping down 4 steps that cover about 10 foot distance.

A really nice chilled out explore

Heading down

Playing with glowsticks

Yup the XM-L 1600 is as bright as the sun!

The Outfall, Bollocks I've got to climb back out of this

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Key guidance for security personnel

Below are the guidelines issued for security guards issued by the government regarding photographers

The following key points will provide employees of BSIA member companies with important advice as to what is
to be considered reasonable and innocent behaviour in the instance of members of the public taking photographs
or filming, and what the correct course of actions is when dealing with suspicious behaviour of individuals:
• The vast majority of individuals taking photographs are doing so for entirely innocent purposes, and the fact
that an individual is taking a photograph does not in itself indicate hostile reconnaissance or other suspicious
• The size and type of cameras are not, in themselves, indications of suspicious behaviour. Large cameras,
lenses and tripods should therefore not be viewed as being more suspicious than other types of equipment.
• If an individual is in a public place photographing or filming a private building, security guards have no right to
prevent the individual from taking photographs.

• If an individual is on private property, s/he may not take photographs if such activity is expressly prohibited
or requires a permit which has not been sought or granted. In this instance, a security guard may inform the
individual of the restrictions and politely request that s/he ceases to take photographs or film. The security
guard could request that the individual leave the premises and could use reasonable force if necessary to
effect this.
• All approaches to members of the public should be made in a courteous manner.
• If an individual is behaving in a manner which a security guard believes to be suspicious, it is important that
the suspicions are resolved either through reporting the incident to the police or through polite questioning of
the individual.
• Security guards cannot delete images or seize cameras, nor can they obstruct individuals from taking
• Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places. This
includes where an individual is in a public place but taking a photograph or film of a private building.
• On private land, the public may take photographs unless this activity is expressly prohibited by the landlord or
a permit is required and has not been sought.
• Security guards should be mindful of the impact their actions have on members of the public. They should
avoid behaving in a manner that individuals may find intimidating or aggressive, or interfering with individuals’
activities without adequate reason to do so

Friday, 4 November 2011

Crescent Culvert - Nov 2011

No rain no drain needs to have a line added that when it's freezing cold no drains, I couldn't feel my toes when I got out

I only had an hour free to head out so I went over to follow more of the culverts around Buxton

The culvert is a large limestone affair with plenty of walking room, the water rushes in and will take a light tripod with it so if you head in be aware and watch your footing.

I found a little friend so it wasn't a totally solo explore

I had to turn back as the freezing cold water reached my nuts as I only had thigh waders on

Spring Gardens shopping centre - Nov 2011

One of my first reports was this culvert but I had a really crap camera and no tripod, so I decided to go back a bit more prepared.

The River Wye is the major river of the western part of the Peak, rising on Axe Edge above Buxton (as do the Rivers Dove and Manifold, all within the space of a few kilometres) and flowing eastwards through Buxton and Bakewell to join the Derwent at Rowsley.

The Wye in Buxton The river goes underground soon after its source and re-emerges in Poole's Cavern to flow down into the town centre of Buxton via Pavilion Gardens. When the 5th Duke of Devonshire built The Crescent between 1780 and 1784 he culverted the river to pass beneath the building, and more recently it has been culverted again to pass beneath the Spring Gardens shopping centre, so little of the river is to be seen in the lower town. At this stage the river is only a stream, but below Buxton it starts to grow into a sizeable river.

So I rocked up once it had gone dark and the local chavs had headed over to the local kfc (that had run out of chicken when I walked in wearing waders and dripping wet)

These look ancient

I decided not to go into the stoopy bit because to be honest I couldn't be arsed

on the way out I found a light worm

Thanks for looking