Preston InstaMeet goes down the Miley Tunnel

Posted on - 10th September, 2019 - 7:43am | Author - | Posted in - Photos, Preston City Centre, Preston News, University campus
Entering the stretch of Miley Tunnel from Maudland Bank Pic: Blog Preston
Entering the stretch of Miley Tunnel from Maudland Bank Pic: Blog Preston

The latest Preston InstaMeet saw the group go underground to snap pictures of the Miley Tunnel.


As work continues above the tunnel – which opened in 1847 – Instagrammers were given a chance to enter an area of the tunnel.

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Miley Tunnel has long been held in Preston folklore for teenagers exploring down there back in the decades but it is now a dangerous and damp place.

Following a full safety briefing from developers Bowmer and Kirkland we made our way down the very sturdy ladder.

Read more: Pictures show the old railway line from Grimsargh to Preston


Project manager for the Adelphi Square scheme Ian Roberts explained how they were monitoring the tunnel closely.

Above were the streets of St Peter’s Square where terraced houses have been taken down brick-by-brick to avoid disturbing the tunnel.

Many Blog Preston readers have told us of spooky experiences in the Tunnel in the past and rumours of a ‘grey lady’ who has been seen down there in years gone by.

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The InstaMeet saw no such spooky goings on but a piece of Preston’s railway nostalgia was seen up close and in all its green and black glory.

Read more: Ghostly thriller set in Preston’s tunnels released

You can see pictures on the hashtag #igerspreston from the exploration of the Miley Tunnel.

We’d like to thank Bob Turner and Amy-Louise Thompson from UCLan, along with InstaMeet regular John Hickey, for their work in setting up the InstaMeet.

As well as Ian Roberts and all the team at Bowmer and Kirkland for taking us down there, Network Rail for giving permission and British Transport Police for paying us a little visit before we went down.

We’ll add more pictures as they come in

Preston InstaMeet’s are co-organised by Blog Preston and whoever wants to open their doors up to Preston’s Instagram community. They give photographers, both amateur and professional, the chance to see inside buildings and places we often don’t get to see. If you’d like to suggest somewhere to explore or want to offer up a building to explore then email

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