The way to Atlantis

By: snowgood

Dec 28 2016

Tags: ,

Category: adventure, Humour, Uncategorized


Focal Length:35mm
Shutter:1/0 sec

It wasn’t long before my trip took a fresh turn.

Beneath the dual carriageway that links the M23 to the heart of Crawley was an underpass.

Vast pillars blocked pretty much anything except pedestrian access to the land beyond the park.

Hauling the bike into an upright position got me through.

First point of interest, some sort of building work.

Then an unofficial long term car park that serves Gatwick.

And then this.

Immediately behind the lake is the London to Brighton mainline.

Beyond that the Manor Royal Industrial Estate.

I took a trip around the lake and came back convinced there’d be a way through.

A white Peugeot Partner seemed to bar my progress, but was there a path behind it?

The doors opened and a “yoof” got out, looking like he was about to roll his own.

“Excuse me, is there a way through, or is this a dead end?” I asked.

“You can go through the lake to that place made of gold” was his response.

I hung about for a moment seeing if there was a more genuine response on offer.

“What that city’s name” he asked, now that he was the one asking the questions.

“Atlantis” I proferred?

“Yeah, that’s it. You can go under the lake, and get to Atlantis.”

Goodness knows what he had in his roll up, but I turned back the way I’d come.

Later investigations revealed that I’d actually come across “Ballast Hole” lake.

Years back the land here was excavated to obtain hardcore for the construction of the railway line.

Later it was flooded, and today it offers local anglers a place to fish for just £60 a year.

So if you like sitting out in the cold, with the occasional Southern train trundling by what’s stopping you?




3 comments on “The way to Atlantis”

  1. Weird chap… at the first comment I would have peeled out of there as fast as possible. Didn’t your mother warn you not to talk to strangers??

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: