A rare opportunity for you to attend an

Overnight Adventure in the Nuclear Bunker

Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post

used as the film location for Nuclear Disaster Documentaries.

 

Have you noticed these strange concrete blocks sticking up out of the ground all over the UK?

They are the entrance shafts to secret underground bunkers which were manned by volunteer members of the Royal Observer Corps during the Cold war to detect nuclear detonations and monitor radioactive fallout in the event of a full scale nuclear holocaust.

  

  There were over 1500 of these bunkers in their heyday but they were forsaken by the MOD (Ministry of Defence) in 1991 at the end of the Cold War and most of them have been vandalised beyond repair or have been demolished by Local Authorities to prevent themselves being sued by today's "Politically-Correct-Compensation-Culture-Parent" after their Angelic little offspring have smashed their way through the reinforced concrete hatches and broken a leg falling down the shaft. As shown here the concrete thwarted the vandals but not the flooding caused by the rainwater gradually seeping through the damaged hatch over the 13 years of neglect, since their abandonment.

Actually the bunker was more than some mere hole in the ground. If the bunker was were raised above ground level one would be in awe of the massive thickness of its reinforced concrete walls, and the technical skill involve in its construction.

  The bunkers really were built like the proverbial brick outhouse, in one massive piece that would float in the ground like some underground submarine to ride out the effects of a nuclear bomb blast, or a major earthquake.

 

  A very small number have been kept in good repair by private companies and individuals who bought them off the Ministry of Defence and it is now possible for a group of three visitors to spend an overnight exercise in one of these Cold War Nuclear Bunkers as  guests of the owner.

Where is the bunker? The bunker is on this secluded moor in the Yorkshire Dales - spot it if you can.


The exercises in the bunker are limited in number and are entirely at the discretion of the owner.

How do I get to the bunker?
 By your own transport to the bunker where there is room to securely park several vehicles at the bunker site. Yes, you can drive right up to the bunker on a hard tarmac road, and yes, your car will be safe, watched over by the inbuilt CCTV security cameras.



 

 

Public Transport is also available in the form of a train to Britain's highest Main Line Railway Station at Dent on the scenic Settle/Carlisle Railway where we can arrange to pick you up and take you on to the bunker by vehicle.

 


 

Is there contact with the outside world?

The bunker is hidden so deep within the Yorkshire Dales that even mobile phones do not work here. However, the bunker's original Telecommunications System has been updated by BT for emergency use, a colossal undertaking at their own expense, and now even ET could phone home.


 

  What should I bring?

  Your own warm cosy bunk space is allocated upon arrival. But you will need to bring your own overnight bag with a sleeping bag or blanket, a change of underwear, a toothbrush, some spare socks, personal washing gear, hand towel, toiletries, razor, etc. (and a camera to record the event).

Is this adventure suitable for everyone?

Entry to the bunker is via a vertical metal ladder.

 It is probably not suitable for the aged, or the infirm, or the claustrophobic, or anyone of a nervous disposition, or anyone with food allergies, but by the same token, it would make a great adventure for a family stop-over, a great conversation piece, a unique birthday present, for who else do you know who has spent the night down a nuclear bunker?

 

How many guests can stay in the bunker?

There are three bunk spaces available for guests.

Living in a confined space can be quite stressful.

Regimented Military Discipline Will Apply.

One is expected to act with courtesy at all times.

No smoking, no drinking, no recreational drugs,  no offensive weapons, Cooperation Rules OK?

Please note that one can go topside to smoke ... and. of course, this means that we have to go down to the pub.

 


What should I wear?

  Certainly not what this lady is wearing .. I mean to say ... wearing those sunglasses underground is just plain silly.  You will need ordinary clothes for out-of-doors, boots, a warm sweater, nothing that is going to upset you should it get torn or muddy. You can use one of our waterproof army jackets if it is raining and it is your turn to go topside and chop wood for the fire.  Brian, Loz and Barry show how it's done, plus some comfy slippers for down below.  Wearing something a little more sophisticated for when we go down the pub would not go amiss, although this is Yorkshire Dales country and most of the people in the pub could very well be wearing boots and anoraks. 

Do I need to bring food?  Basic food and drink is available .... be it ever so humble, or we can go down the pub for al-a-carte cuisine.
However, vegetarians may want to bring some of their own goodies to supplement the porridge and biscuits.

 

 Activities?   We are on the flight path for RAF low-level training aircraft, Hawk Trainers, Tornados, Hercules, F15's, Propeller Aircraft, Helicopters, and we once had a Catalina Flying Boat with US markings, a very strange bird to be up here in the mountains?

   There are no RAF flights on Saturdays or Sundays. Weekdays are best if you are in to aircraft spotting.

   Being miles away from any city lights gives crystal clear light-pollution free skies for star gazing and UFO watch, weather permitting, after all, we are up a mountain and we do have our fair share of grey days, which is when the ROC aircraft silhouette training proves its worth.

   When the skip is running, radio buffs can use our radio antenna to DX around the world. In the photo our guest G4GJM (Mike) talks on a noise free channel to the United States and enthuses about the complete absence of electrical interference.

   Or you can just sit back and relax in the sunshine, and don't forget the binoculars, the view is spectacular, after your chores are done, of course.

Does the bunker have electricity and water?

There is no 240v mains electricity or mains water.

It is powered from solar-charged 12 volt batteries for the fluorescent lighting, SW radio, TV, fans, vacuum cleaner, with a back-up petrol generator.  Water is of the bottled mineral variety. There is an abundance of hot water available from the jerry cans on the cosy solid fuel stove for washing and a constant supply of hot drinks.

Does the bunker have toilets? The bunker has no mains toilet. It's back to basics with a chemical toilet and lemon scented plastic bags are the aroma of the day here.

Your mentor - companion on the overnight exercise is Ged Dodd, an ex-R.O.C. Leading Observer and former Post Instructor, who featured in  Sky TV "Terror Alert" with Chris Ryan and the BBC's "Inside Out" with Rick Wakeman.

Ged will talk about the best way of surviving the aftermath of a nuclear or natural catastrophe. 

The Bunker is available as a film location

The Bunker is available as a film location


 
 

When can we visit? Visitors can pick their own night to stay over - providing of course that no one else has already booked that night. Saturday nights are very popular and tend to be booked up well in advance. We are not open on religious holidays. The visit is from 3pm to 8am the following day, making this an ideal stopover for anyone visiting the North of England or Scotland.

For further information telephone Ged on .....

or email The ROC Nuclear Bunker

Total cost for 3 guests is 160.00

 

 

Addendum  We will need to know ...

   Your name. your address to send confirmation and  train times etc.

   Your telephone number. Your e-mail address.

   The date required for the overnight.

   How many guests in your party.

   The date of birth, sex and next of kin contact numbers for all guests.

 Any allergies, medication, things we should know ..etc.

  

 

  Health & Safety ; In this age of the "Compensation Culture" please be informed that no one sets foot on our property until after they have signed an indemnity contract absolving us of any and all responsibility for any damage whatsoever to themselves or their property. All children must be accompanied by an adult who is prepared to accept full responsibility for their good conduct and actions.

   This underground adventure is by its very nature of a hazardous nature and although we take every precaution with secondary lighting, fire guards, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, first aid kits, safety goggles, white lining paths to be seen in the dark etc. the exercise does involve naked flames, hot stoves, boiling water, climbing ladders, opening tin cans, handling inflammable liquids, chopping firewood and total darkness, all of which can be most hazardous to the foolhardy or the uninitiated.

We suggest you take out personal accident insurance.

 

 

SPARE T-BAR HATCH KEYS FOR SALE

IN SOLID STEEL CONSTRUCTION (AS NEW)

(None of these keys fit our bunker hatch)

and none are for sale now.

Single lug to suit hatch type 1 -  19.99 (Universal)

 

Double offset lug to suit hatch type 2 -  19.99 (Common)

 

Double prong to suit hatch type 3 -  19.99 (Northern)

 

Offset lug to suit hatch type 4 -  19.99 (Scottish)

 

Some photos around the Bunker

Click on a photo to enlarge

Settle-Carlisle Line

Top of the World

Winter Warning

Guests

Seat with a View

Sunset

Bunker Boy

Noisy Neighbour

Our Front Door