Urban explorer issues warning over tunnel hidden under Liverpool park

An urban explorer was able to provide a unique insight into a mysterious hidden tunnel.

Dave O'Connor, 50, from Wavertree, is an urban explorer who runs the YouTube account Exploring With Me Dave, where he investigates abandoned structures in the Merseyside area. Dave, who was born in Kirkby and used to work at sea, took ill in 2019 with tumours to his feet and decided to change his career to focus on exploring abandoned sites.

One place that was of heavy interest was the labyrinth hidden under Liverpool park with mysterious faces on the wall.

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The bunker sits underneath Wavertree Botanic Gardens and is part of a labyrinth of tunnels that run underneath the Littlewoods building. It is thought to have been built before WWII and later used as an air raid shelter to protect workers at the Littlewoods site.

Mysterious pencil drawings on the walls of the bunker were traced back to Littlewoods worker Ursula Lois Forshaw, as previously reported by the ECHO. Dave has posted multiple videos to his channel exploring the bunker, the most recent being in September 2023.

The Littlewoods Bunker underneath Wavertree park
The Littlewoods Bunker underneath Wavertree park -Credit:Kyle May

In the video, Dave can be seen heading into the bunker. Usually, Dave would not reveal the exact location of an abandoned exploration site due to safety concerns, but argued that in this case, the bunker is well known to locals.

Inside, old buckets and toilet seats can be spotted on the floor. Dave travels all the way through the tunnels, and he explained that as long as he sticks to the right of the tunnels, he will always find his way out, as the tunnel is "like a big square". However, the bunker is very dangerous, and could severely injure somebody who doesn't know what they are doing.

Littlewoods Bunker under Wavertree park
Littlewoods Bunker under Wavertree park -Credit:Kyle May

He told the ECHO: "It was very muddy and smelled of damp. You can’t turn left because the tunnels have cracked on the floor and you could be injured or even crushed if it gave way. But you can walk 150 yards to the very end. No matter which way you go, you can find your way out.”

Dave looks in more detail at the pencil drawings done by Ursula during World War II before carrying on through the rest of the tunnel. You can watch Dave's tour in the video above, or head to his YouTube channel.

Warning: do NOT attempt to head into the tunnel yourself as Dave is a professional and it could be very dangerous.