Exploring a secret subterranean bunker in Sussex…

Subterranea Britannica…

 

All over Britain there are secret underground places to explore, from railway tunnels to ice wells, nuclear bunkers to disused underground stations and so I wanted to find out if there were any Geocaches hidden in one of these subterranean hideaways. I soon found a bookmark list that GeoCass had put together, of Geocaches all over the UK hidden in these unique underground spots and so I thought I’d have a look around for one local to us that we could check out. 🙂

Caves in Reigate

“Arched Ceiling and Curved Walls Arcade/ Cloister -Tunnel Road Sand Caves and Mines, Reigate” © 2010 Dominic Alves

I’d seen a potential cache in Sussex which fitted the bill and, with a friend in Duncton who we hadn’t seen for quite a while living fairly close by, a plan was soon formed. 🙂

We arrived at our mates around midday and had a good catch up before setting off on our little Geocaching adventure…

The chosen cache was;

Subterranean Adventure – GC372VC by Al 7365

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 4

Cache Type: Puzzle (Unknown, mystery)

Cache Location: Somewhere near Duncton (but you’ve got to work it out for yourselves, that’s the puzzle part!)

Of course we weren’t just there to get one cache(!) and so we tagged on the tail end of The Sussex Amble (SA) circuit starting from number 57Oddly enough our friend lived close enough to the circuit for us to leave our car there and walk from his back garden to the start of the trail which was very handy! It wasn’t an easy walk though, the trail started on a steep climb which would eventually take us to one of the highest parts in the South downs, as you can imagine the views were excellent!

The first couple of caches were found relatively quickly and as we made our way to the Subterranean Bunker I started getting a little nervous as I tend to do when a cache page reads… 

This is an extreme cache and as such you should only attempt it if you are confident in your abilities to collect the cache and except the dangers that this exposes you to. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ATTEMPT THIS CACHE ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF CLIMBING DOWN [AND BACK UP] AND DO THIS WELL WITHIN YOUR CAPABILITIES AND JUDGE IT TO BE SAFE TO DO THIS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ASSESS AND JUDGE THE LADDER SAFE TO BE USED BEFORE ENTERING THE BUNKER. ANY INJURY OR COST THAT RESULTS FROM YOU, OR ANYONE WITH YOU ATTEMPTING THIS CACHE IS ENTIRELY YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY AND FAULT, NOT MINE! FOR THIS CACHE NEVER ATTEMPT IT ALONE, FOR SAFETY ATTEMPT IT IN AT VERY LEAST PAIRS.

We had the coordinates punched into the GPS and as we neared GZ we were greeted by a huge mountain biking circuit with loads of wooden bridges which was a complete surprise given the location!

How on Earth they’d built all of these structures up there I’ll never know, but me being me I couldn’t resist climbing along one of them. It was all a bit Indiana Jones though and the bridge felt very rickety, so much so that I had to crawl most of it for fear of breaking it!

Mountain biking bridge

Easy does it!

Finding the bunker…

After a little bit of scrabbling around we managed to locate the bunker, opening the lid we peered down into the nothingness. The bottom was just visible and the ladder looked like it went all the way to the ground which was a relief. MrBizkitz opted to go first to check there wasn’t anyone down there and it was an anxious wait at the top for me when I saw his torchlight disappear into the bunker…

About five minutes later though he was back climbing up the ladder and it was my turn to get involved!

Going underground

Here we go!

It wasn’t until I was about halfway down that I started thinking about what this must have been like during the cold war being in one of these ROC posts. You’ll find a lot more information about Cold War bunkers here, and also information which might help you solve the puzzle 😉

Going deeper underground...

Going deeper underground…

Inside the bunker…

It was, as expected, pretty dark in there, and surprisingly compact. I’d had visions of it being much bigger for some reason, but in reality I guess they must have had all the space they really needed. It was creepy down there too and it looked as though it had been used as a den as there was an old rotting mattress lying on the ground. I didn’t fancy staying down there too long and after a tip off from MrBizkitz who’d spotted the cache I managed to find it, sign it, take some photos and make my way out again all within a few minutes…

In the bunker

In the bunker…

As it was close to Remembrance Sunday I’d bought a poppy along with me to leave down there in memory of all of those servicemen and women who have given their lives for us so that we can enjoy the freedom that we do today.

Poppy with the log book

Poppy with the log book

I was relieved to make my way out of the bunker but I really recommend this one, particularly to anyone that isn’t too sure about going underground. It’s not cramped in there and if you decide you don’t like it halfway down then it’s very easy to just climb back out again so it’s definitely worth having a go! 🙂

The way out...

The way out…

Have you visited this cache or done many other underground ones? We’ve got a few on our radar but we’re looking for a new subterranean challenge if you know of anywhere?!

Hope this has given you some inspiration to go out and find some of these underground caches for yourself, check out GeoCass’s bookmark list that I mentioned earlier for more information on ones local to you and until next time…

Happy caching everyone! 🙂

 

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