View Full Version : Crank Caverns, March 2010

20-03-2010, 04:23 PM
Crank Caverns is the more well known name of the old Rainford Delph Quarry. It is a network of Caves and Tunnels set in a medium sized woodland area on the outskirts of St Helens. Stone became too expensive to quarry therefore it was decided that the most cost effective way would be to mine the stone out, which created the network of caves and tunnels. The mining stopped around 1869 and from 1939 the caves were used to store ammunition for the anti aircraft position at Crank. (Not sure where this is)

Well, where to start. We set of from Leeds at around 7am hoping to get there early and spend a good few hours exploring the caves. The journey was longer than expected due to a stupid amount of rain on the motorways. Anyway we finally arrived just near the wood and got ourselves ready for the unknown.



We were unsure of where exactly the tunnels started so first explored the big caves. When we first entered the caves it stank of burning and the amount of smoke in the air was really bad. On top of that we started to here spooky noises which to be honest freaked us out a bit and made us want to turn back. Being the great man that I am :lol: i decided to have a look at what the noise was, and to my amusment was mearly water dripping on cans and different objects. We found a number of small holes in these caves but these led to nowhere.

After a while of getting nowhere we decided to walk back out and have a look around, when at last we found the start of the caves and tunnels. The journey was about to begin........

Scary lol. As you can see not much room at all.

Just after the initial narrow bit. Not much better but at least you could crouch.

One of many small small holes to navigate through.

Time for a spot of lunch lol. My mate with his cheese sandwich :-)



Just after the picture above, we came across a small hole.
Chris: 'Have we been here before?'
Mike: 'No, can't be'
Chris: 'Let me have a look' (Went through hole walked around to same spot behind my mate.)
Mike: 'S**T'

We had gone around in circles and did not know how, as we could not find a hole anywhere....Strange, could some of the myths be true???? After around 20 mins of going around in circles and not getting anywhere we started to panic. Scrambling around everywhere trying to find a hole......At last I found a hole and we went through it. DAYLIGHT. This was not the hole that we came in by but was sure a way out, and we crawled some more to finaly get out. Phew

A great day out really. Hope the report doesn't bore you. I haven't done a decent report yet so thought this was a good story. Would be more pics but after we got lost that was the last thing on my mind.

20-03-2010, 06:57 PM
Nearly getting lost underground :panic How fecking scary would that be.......no thanks!

Good on you for getting in there!

20-03-2010, 07:00 PM
Nearly getting lost underground :panic How fecking scary would that be.......no thanks!

Good on you for getting in there!

Scary indeed lol. Honestly didn't think we were gonna get out. Our fault for leaving rope and chalk behind. Ooops

20-03-2010, 07:22 PM
Always a positive not to die when out and about. Nice you made it back to the outside. Sharp report too :thumb

20-03-2010, 07:34 PM
Glad you managed to find your way back out! :panic

Stick of chalk always comes in handy when exploring underground, gives you the opportunity to mark your route and not leave any permanent graffiti!