For years I drove along this road and past this sign thinking to myself  " Well that's secret" on a sign for all to see. One day the curiosity got the better of me and with my two young grandsons in tow we followed the sign. Down a bumpy track which came out into a clearing and what looked like a disused bungalow was before us. No one around...a little creepy.

To the left of the bungalow were some( which we later discovered) standby generators with enough fuel to run continuously for 3 months. The bungalow and tunnel are heavily reinforced, and serve mainly as protection from the blast and radiation of a nuclear bomb.

 We ventured to the door and went inside.

Just inside the bungalow is a 120m long tunnel which leads into the main bunker. Still no-one around...Just us! And a phone on the wall!

As you walk out of the entrance tunnel through the 1.5 tonne blast doors into the bunker, the first rooms you come across all deal with communication.    

Communication that is, between all the other military and government bunkers in the UK. The slides show one of the huge exchanges used to deal with the high volume of electronic traffic. Should all the specialist communication equipment fail, there was also a fully operational BBC Studio in the bunker capable of broadcasting to the whole nation. There is also the plotting room. This was where aircraft, friend or foe, were tracked 24 hours a day, and latterly where the plotting and analysis of nuclear explosions would have taken place. Spooky stuff, the boys were enthralled..not so much with the slide shows which were continuously running but all the now old equipment.

I think even they picked up on the atmosphere.

Scary stuff..all around you is this air of disuse and a musty smell.

 The plant room is also based on this level. Here millions of cubic litres of air were filtered, recycled and cooled, to keep the personnel fully supplied with breathable safe air. It also kept the bunker under positive air pressure, thus helping to keep radioactive dust out in the event of a nucler explosion.

You can actually feel what went on here and also knew that we wouldn't have been one of the chosen few. That was scary.

Onto the second level which is the government level. In time of nuclear attack a representative of every level of government from the armed forces to the Ministry of Social Security would have a role in the bunker.

Nearly to the top..being so far underground is quite eerie and we were still alone.

The top level of the bunker dealt with the day to day existence of the bunkers inhabitants. A small surgery, several washrooms, dormitories,  did those beds look uncomfortable no feather pillows here... and a large canteen were all on this level. The canteen is still used today.

All the way through this bunker it was like being transported back in time and when we came out into the  canteen...still alone...there was an honesty box. Signs of past times but quaint and unchanged we were still in that time warp.

Outside into the bright sunlight again and there are a few small animals for the kiddies.

It was a lovely day out and lots of it were unexpected I loved and so did the boys that everything had been kept as it was.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to this not so  Secret Bunker. If you want to read more from me then I can be found on http://blondieaka.wordpress.com or https://niume.com/pages/profile/?userID=42183

Thank you for reading and your visit :)

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Published by Carol Taylor