NT0074 : Hillhouse Quarry

taken 4 years ago, near to Linlithgow, West Lothian, Great Britain

Hillhouse Quarry
Hillhouse Quarry
Yes, it looks just like tangled lush vegetation. However the black gaps are the mouths of two of the huge galleries excavated in the Hillhouse Limestone. I would have loved to get down a bit and see the openings without the obscuring branches and leaves, but not without a rope, thank you, and possibly studded soles or crampons as well. Because the limestone is tilted at about 30, and the bedding surfaces are wet, muddy and therefore slippery, it is extremely dangerous to venture down towards them, and very difficult to get back up. One slip, and there is nothing to stop you until you hit the hard rock at the bottom. And as if that weren't enough, the galleries have a history of roof collapses, one of which caused the road above to subside.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 26 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 0047 7497 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.4441N 3:35.7425W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 0048 7496
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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