It’s a simple enough little tunnel, hidden away in Bellevue Woods, just five minutes along the path – heading towards Delgany – as you leave The Octagon ruin.
The Octagon, of course, was part of the Bellevue Estate, once used as a hunting lodge and tea rooms. A river must have run through this tunnel at some point – then again, maybe it had an entirely different purpose.
Who knows what the La Touche family got up to out there in the woods…?
Not exactly a secret to those who live in the area, it would be nonetheless easy for strangers to stroll straight past this little tunnel without realising it was under their feet. A perfect little spot for any kid with a sense of adventure. And maybe a torch…
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