The Winchester

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Devil’s Ditch, Budapest

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October 2011

Not a very sexy drain, Teh Ditch. It was probably once ‘really nice‘, as Siologen’s pictures show, but we had been warned it was something of a slippery sludge pit. It was also identified that there is a 10 foot waterfall at some point in the middle of the drain. Concrete lining had occurred relatively recently, but at parts deeper from the outfall the eternal wash of Hungarian poo had exposed the brick on the floor again. Hence, it’s a bit of a mess. We entered from the infall, which Siologen kindly pointed us in the direction of, and slowly made our way downstream.

Making a sanitary sewer the first destination on a 5 day road trip was perhaps not the most sensible of decisions, however taking a trip to a foreign country specifically to go in sewers is something considered unwise by many. Given we’d be sleeping rough and probably not washing until we returned home, getting wet wasn’t really part of the plan. My new studded waders served me well however NC Kapita was not so lucky, and fell into the flow while traversing a side-pipe. Game over.

A couple of days later, we made our way to the outfall and noted that it had been blocked off to the point that the only downstream access would be through a brief underwater swim. Although the water was clean and odourless, for some reason it had plenty of steam rising from it and was warm to the touch. Perhaps a bath would have been in order?

To some degree I feel we missed the boat a little on this one. Had we visited prior to these works we would have been able to traverse further up from the outfall, and with a surer step, could have gone further downstream. When an outfall is blocked the most obvious and easiest access is removed and for this reason, additional research needs to be done to identify lids. The work of a drainer is a fine mix between stepping in the fresh, and sitting studying maps and conducting ‘research’, and I don’t think the balance was neccesarily right on this trip.

Written by Winch

November 24th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

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9 Responses to 'Devil’s Ditch, Budapest'

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  1. I agree somewhat that for a draining trip more research was indeed needed. You can’t beat the rock up and have a crack approach though, that was certainly something that refreshed things a little for me. I am also now more steady when in sewers. That was cold!


    24 Nov 11 at 1:38 pm

  2. Yeah, it was fun, and that’s what matters. Even if the lack of washing gave me minging ball sweat itch later on in the trip.


    24 Nov 11 at 3:38 pm

  3. Embrace the ball sweat itch. It will serve to make you stronger.


    24 Nov 11 at 6:41 pm

  4. Wet wipes are god when suffering from ball sweat itch. Nice photos!


    24 Nov 11 at 11:33 pm

  5. Thanks Sir. I’ve found that Athlete’s Foot Cream does the trick as well.


    25 Nov 11 at 12:48 pm

  6. What does the signage on the third photo say?


    7 Dec 11 at 3:01 am

  7. […] for a touristy walk along The Danube, walked through the tram tunnels, went into the outfall of the Devil’s Ditch, climbed the Chain Bridge, went into the Metro expansion and then slept in an old goods train. Then […]

  8. You’d love Buda Cstle Labyrinth. Even though it’s been opened to the public now, still well worth seeing.

    Phil Aychio

    25 Jul 12 at 9:14 am

  9. @Ignoblius, The sign says “a csatornaba bemenni tilos es eletveszelyes” which means “it is forbidden to enter the sewer and it is life-threatening”.


    25 Nov 21 at 7:45 pm

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