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Posted: 12/04/2012 09:11:49
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Just returned from a jolly week pottering around the Picos and surrounding area.

I walked along the Cares Gorge and had a good look at the engineering feat of the viaduct when a thought struck me. Has anyone ever floated down the viaduct on a inflatable or similar? You would have to put in about 500m in and get out before the Hydro scheme at Poncebos but otherwise its a 12 km clear run. As far as I could see there was always sufficient headroom and the water was about 1/2m deep.

An evening run might be best to allay the attentions of EON who seem to own it but I think with a wetsuit and a cheap inflatable it's a goer.

Anyone already had this thought and had a go?



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Posted: 12/04/2012 09:27:54
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It's certainly something that had occurred to me when I was in the area in the early '90s. I'm not sure what happens at the end though - does the leat suddenly turn into a near-vertical pipe to the power station turbines? Oh My God

If such a trip is possible I'm surprised that there's no enterprising local business person renting out inflatables for the trip.

I've not been underground in the area but I noticed surface mining remains around Fuente De (as well of course the deep cave systems in the area).

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Posted: 12/04/2012 09:40:35
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Plenty of places to get out before the Power Station and in any case its not quite as dramatic as that.

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/photo/Cares-Gorge-Viaduct-Tunnel-Archive-Album-Image-73917/

I suspect that the trip isn't done 'officially' as there is an element of danger in it. Longish stretches aren't accessible by the path.

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Posted: 12/04/2012 13:24:21
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Hmm ... I wonder (purely as a hypothetical question) if it might be possible to do something similar in the Egiau, Cowlyd and Llyn Coety tunnels and aqueducts? Innocent

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Posted: 12/04/2012 18:11:06
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Might be easier to take a narrow boat down the Pontcysyllte aqueduct. Unfortunately I've never seen it but from the photos it's a very impressive strcture.

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Posted: 12/04/2012 20:02:06
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carnkie wrote:

Might be easier to take a narrow boat down the Pontcysyllte aqueduct. Unfortunately I've never seen it but from the photos it's a very impressive strcture.


Managed to do that one. Big Grin


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Posted: 13/04/2012 00:29:56
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Right Oh - don't think a narrow boats a goer - anyone up for a boating trip there then?

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Posted: 13/04/2012 14:46:51
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For those that like mines, there's one above a village called Robriguero.

YUCPC explored it about 30 years ago: Mina Magdelina.

I doubt it's the only one in the area.
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