Unexplored Alton Towers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jmc, 28th Jan 2013.

  1. Alastair

    Alastair TS Forum Team Team Member

    Messages:
    4,383
    Likes Received:
    2,331
    Location:
    Stockport
    Favourite Ride:
    Indiana Jones Adventure
    The shortcut really isn't worth it. It involves walking through Her Ladyship's Gardens, then through the Towers and out of the West entrance through the Servants Tunnel yes. It's just as quick to walk around the normal path IMO.

    EDIT - The Swiss Cottage can be found on Google Streetview here: http://goo.gl/maps/68fbm
     
    Posted 8th Feb 2013
    #41
  2. Wilsy

    Wilsy TS Founding Member

    Messages:
    517
    Likes Received:
    10
    The flag tower is near Merlin Studios and not publically accessible mainly due to it just being a phone mast these days.
     
    Posted 8th Feb 2013
    #42
  3. DiogoJ42

    DiogoJ42 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    13,292
    Likes Received:
    20,069
    Location:
    Under your bed...
    Favourite Ride:
    The Metropolitan Line
    As far as getting in to the rest of the Towers goes, the entrance and exit of the TotT maze are the best ways in. (there are probably more I don't know of). However, if The Sanctury is still there I don't know how much will be open.
     
    Posted 8th Feb 2013
    #43
  4. Thomas

    Thomas TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    3
    Daft question, what's the house that you can see from X Sector?
     
    Posted 8th Feb 2013
    #44
  5. Earthwürm

    Earthwürm TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    One of the Team south green rooms these days

    Edit: I was told that it used to be staff accommodation at one point but I don't know if that's true.
     
    Posted 8th Feb 2013
    #45
  6. Thomas

    Thomas TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    3
    So it is owned by Alton Towers? Why does it look like a house?
     
    Posted 8th Feb 2013
    #46
  7. Earthwürm

    Earthwürm TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Yes, if were talking about the one behind oblivion. It is a house, but inside its converted to a staff room with a smoking area in the garden. Not sure what is upstairs though, you can go up there I just never had any reason to
     
    Posted 8th Feb 2013
    #47
  8. Towseriv

    Towseriv TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    0
    It looks like a house because it used to be someones house. staff accomadation like has been said before but more like when they had staff on site all year around.
     
    Posted 8th Feb 2013
    #48
  9. Alastair

    Alastair TS Forum Team Team Member

    Messages:
    4,383
    Likes Received:
    2,331
    Location:
    Stockport
    Favourite Ride:
    Indiana Jones Adventure
    Would be hilarious (and amazing) if someone actually lived there ;)
     
    Posted 9th Feb 2013
    #49
  10. Towseriv

    Towseriv TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm sure it was still lived in in 1997, may have been earlier, I have vague memories of a family car and none uniformed people in the garden. I think I assumed it had been a house given to a staff member to stay in in thier retirement back when things like that were done.
     
    Posted 9th Feb 2013
    #50
  11. Dave

    Dave TS Founding Member

    Messages:
    5,403
    Likes Received:
    5,299
    Upstairs is offices, probably where some managers laze around all day ;)
     
    Posted 9th Feb 2013
    #51
  12. MiserableMonkey

    MiserableMonkey TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    195
    Location:
    Morecambe, UK
    Favourite Ride:
    X2
    I've been trying to find King "Ina's Rock" for a little while on Google Maps, using old park maps etc but I've failed to locate it. Does anyone have any ideas?
     
  13. Badgy

    Badgy TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    7
    Yes, When I visited this place in the 1980's to do some climbing it was outside the park. When we departed we too a wrong turn and ended up inside the park despite not seeing any fencing or signs, coming out near corkscrew (it was closed season) and exiting through the main entrance onto the Alton road.

    UKclimbing show it here.

    I do remember at the time we parked at the bottom of the valley as you come out of Alton before climbing up towards towers, From there you follow the valley witht the hill on your left and the river to your right. It was a little way and past the sewage works. There a path leads up the hill a short way until you get to Ina's Rock

    As far as UKclimbing state there are no access issues which suggest that it still lies outside the park and therefore would not be accessible from within the park (assuming the whole park is now fenced).

    Badgy
     
  14. MiserableMonkey

    MiserableMonkey TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    195
    Location:
    Morecambe, UK
    Favourite Ride:
    X2
    Thanks for that detailed reply Badgy, that's really interesting! :D
     
  15. thefatone

    thefatone TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    1,025
    Likes Received:
    88
    The park is entirely fenced off now - so if it is indeed outside the park, you should be able to access it by walking around the fence boundary.

    I've walked from the carpark beside ATH down and around the fence boundary, and ended up on the old Alton railway line. Didn't see anything interesting though, besides the line itself.
     
  16. DaveW

    DaveW TS Contributor

    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Abingdon
    One of the little unexplored areas of the park that I always feel like is stuck in the 60s is the gate lodge in Alton Village. There is an obscure path leading to it from the gardens, but it's hard to find as the path branches off in so many directions.

    But the lodge itself is a little gem of a find, with very little having changed there at all in the last 50 years it seems.
     
  17. badlydrawnkelBel

    badlydrawnkelBel TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Fab photos/videos. Just fascinates me abandoned buildings! :*
     
  18. DaveW

    DaveW TS Contributor

    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Abingdon
    Just dug up some photo is took in 2007 of the Gate lodge I mentioned in my last post

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Squiggs

    Squiggs TS Site Team Team Member

    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    1,020
    That was a good day! :)

    As I recall alongside the lodge's garden there was also the remains of the guard-hut and barrier left over from the last time the gate house was used for vehicular access to the park in the 80s.
     
  20. DaveW

    DaveW TS Contributor

    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Abingdon
    There was indeed I have a photo of that too but didn't post is as didn't really show much! Also had a photo of the lodge with your ugly mug covering half the building. Didn't think posting that would be appetites. :p
     

Share This Page