Monday, 9 December 2013

Teufelsberg - Berlin - May 2012

I have a couple of reports that I couldn't stick up on here for a silly personal reason - I'm prepared to let that reason slide now. This report goes all the way back to when I had just got in to exploring. I was young, excited, and, looking back, very inexperienced. Berlin is an amazing place, and very photogenic, so much so I could probably fill another blog with the non-exploring photos I took. Unfortunately I had only had my DSLR around a month at this time, so most came out a bit naff. The weather was grand, the beer was tasty, and after doing our little Berlin tour we headed out to the old NSA listening station at Teufelsberg. 

Visited with my host, a non-explorer. Thank you.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Bybrook Infant School Roof - July 2013

A brief revisit with the Rowe-bot on a Wednesday evening when I needed some company purely to take these two photos. Got to the site a bit early, so had to mill around on the lower roof with a beer before making to move higher under the cover of darkness.

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Day of the Dover pt. 4 - Soldier's Home Tunnel/Snargate Tunnels East/Historex Tunnels - October 2013

These tunnels have had multiple names over the years, so I've stuck three in the title. This one was sort of accidental really. We parked up on Snargate Street and were originally going to attempt Oil Mills Upper/Lower, but Altair didn't fancy the scramble with his back still being an issue. I remembered that what I thought were D.o.E. tunnels were just down the road, and after a quick scout and linger waiting for pedestrians to clear off we made our way in. I was a bit confused as I seemed to remember that D.o.E. looked bigger, and it turns out that we actually went in Solider's Home tunnels. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Day of the Dover pt. 3. - Drop Redoubt Open Day - October 2013

I'll fess up now - this one is cheating. Somehow I've always managed to miss the Drop Redoubt open days that the Western Heights Preservation Society put on once or twice a year. However, as sheer luck would have it as we walked from turning down North Entrance to check on St Martin's it turned out that all of those gunshots that we could hear weren't the backdrop of Dover, but rather from re-enactments at one of the elusive openings. Whilst the others had come a way to see Dover, and this would involve a slightly different experience, it seemed silly to turn down the opportunity as I'd been meaning to go to one for quite some time.

Not my picture, but a good external for the scale of the place. 

Day of the Dover pt. 2 - Detached Bastion, Western Heights, Dover - October 2013

After a couple of deep shelters, it was time for a bit of variety. I'd heard on the grapevine about six weeks ago that something that I was missing from my Western Heights collection had opened up. Having previously been to Western Heights several times with varying levels of success it always seemed to be Detached Bastion that eluded me, having been sealed in a grand way shortly before I started my exploring career. 

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Day of the Dover pt. 1 - Z Rocket and South Foreland 1 Deep Shelter - October 2013

Here we have it then, my long-awaited return to my own blog! After not blogging for some time (see here for explanation) today provided me with the chance to get back down to Dover and do some good ol' fashioned non-non-public deep shelters. After Altair had said at the last 28 meet about wanting to get down to Dover for some sites I offered to show him around if we could agree on a date. Two months later, and we finally did! 

Visited with Altair and a non-member. 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Current blog status - I'm still here - October 2013

Keen followers may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet around these parts for some time.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Liverpool - July 2013

I visited Liverpool at the start of the month and had a ball. Unfortunately the only place that was really central that was on my radar was reasonably inaccessible without a heft rope, so no explores were had. We did visit the Welsh Streets in Toxteth though, more on them later. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Orchard Cottage, Ashford - June 2013

Situated just on the outskirts of an idyllic Kent village, this old farm appears to have lain abandoned for around five or six years perhaps. It's a crime really, it's a lovely building, has lovely grounds, and a gigantic guard-peacock on patrol.

So on a dull Sunday morning I received a text about this place, and almost as soon as I had finished work that night we were on our way out to check it out. After initially going to the wrong remote home that was occupied, we soon found our way to the correct one. After dumping the car in the way of some horses we turned into the driveway to be confronted by a huge peacock, which promptly ran off and began a game of cat and mouse that I would continue later. 

Spotted by, and visited with, Starlight. 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Ashford Art and Design College, Ashford - April 2013

Quite frankly this place is a dump. Not one bit of it hasn't been trashed, gratified, or covered in Pigeon poop. My time would have been much better spent in the Papa Johns over the road. I visited this on the same night that I visited the bomb shelter in the grounds, which was a far more pleasant experience, and can be read about here. As stated in that blog I'd missed a really obvious entrance to both building and shelter, with this building requiring a more athletic transfer to gain access as opposed to the shelter's squeeze.


Monday, 20 May 2013

Ditton Research Laboratory, Ditton - May 2013

If there's one thing that I love doing it's having a 12 hour poker and drinking session until 7am, getting 3 hours sleep, then heading out to explore places that reek of pigeon poop. So that's where I found myself this afternoon. I was so lethargic that I couldn't even be bothered to change lenses, so everything is taken with my 35mm prime.

 Explored with Starlight. 

Before I get on to the photos, I'd just like to say thanks to everyone who reads this. The blog was a year old in the week, and has had almost 6,800 views, most of which since January. Cheers guys. 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Peak District - April 2013

In another non-exploring post (sorry) I thought I'd share some photos from my trip last month to the Peak Distrcit. With cold and windy conditions the entire way up from Ashford to Hathersage on the Friday afternoon, not to mention constant traffic and a convoluted shopping list, it looked as if things were not boding well for our weekend of walking. How wrong I was.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Ashford Art and Design College ARP - April 2013

OK, so this one has been quite a while in the making. The old Art and Design College is probably the most prominent abandoned building in Ashford and back in September I had a scout about and climbed the building, looking for a way in to no avail. After mentioning this on 28 Days Later One Flew East mentioned that he thought that there was a bomb shelter in the grounds somewhere. A few weeks later I went on a hunt for it, which, after an hour proved fruitless. However, that evening I did some more online research and realised that I'd been standing pretty much on top of the entrance. I didn't get another chance to have a look again until last night. I visited with the bare essentials (camera, tripod, P7, no other accessories) in tennis attire. 

A note to anyone wishing to visit this - entrance is sketchy and not for the overweight. Exercise caution. 

Amsterdam Trip - April 2013

At the start of April we went to Amsterdam for an eels gig. These photos show some of the results.


Sunday, 28 April 2013

Article in Kentish Express - April 2013

About six weeks ago I was contacted by a journalist from the Kentish Express who had found my blog reports on Ashdown Court (here and here) whilst looking for photos for a story. A homeless man had been living inside it, and he wished to use my photos to show what conditions were like inside. There was some confusion with my email, so they didn't run the photos with that story. However, they ended up running an article on my explores there instead. Here's the article, which George's dad scanned for George to see, and who has forwarded it to me. The quality isn't too great, but you get the jist. 

Thank you to those two, James Scott, and the Kentish Express for giving me some exposure and the ability to now say that I'm a published photographer. 


Monday, 15 April 2013

St Joseph's Missionary College, Mill Hill, London - April 2013

Saturday saw a return to several things for me, exploring away from Kent, exploring with Starlight, and my first time back in Leicester for the first time since June 2010. The big 28 Days Later meet was in Leicester on Saturday evening, so Starlight and I headed up from Ashford, stopping off at St Joseph's on the way as it wasn't too far from the M1. For the last few months it seems like every man and his dog have done this place, so it would be rude not to pop in.

Thanks to GAJ, BHG, and PCW for all supplying me with the same map within two minutes of each other.

Not my photo, from Costar.co.uk

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Bybrook Infants School Revisit - March 2013

First off apologies for my terrible lack of posts over the last two months. Life has been extremely frantic, frenetic, factitious, occasionally fun, and most often fatiguing. So after three weekends in London, a beer festival, two eels gigs, a trip to Amsterdam, and a run up to the Peak District out of the way with only a trip to Leicester at the weekend to go, it feels like I'm starting to return to normality. I've also passed 5000 views by quite some distance, so thank you very much to all who have read, and keep reading. 

Monday, 11 March 2013

Various London Adventures - February/March 2013

Things have been a bit quiet on the exploring front recently - my apologies. Each of the last three weekends I've been in London catching up with various people and all sorts of silly things in silly places. I took my camera with me each time through, and have got some photos that I thought I'd stick here. Tried to keep people shots out as much as possible. 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Folkestone Harbour Train Station - February 2013

 Welcome back everyone for another instalment, although the only blog that I can produce for you after yesterday's adventures is unfortunately a revisit. I originally visited Folkestone Harbour Station back in May with Giacomo on one of my very first outings, as you can see here. As you can also see there, I didn't really have much of an idea how to use my camera, as it was still new to me. Nine months down the line, and I like to think that my photography skills have come along leaps and bounds. At least I didn't shoot entirely in ISO 800 this time...

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Snowdown Colliery Admin Building, Snowdon, Kent - February 2013

After checking back out of rehab and nipping via a shop for a bite to eat, we made our way down to Snowdown, and parked up at the old Working Men's Club, itself a bit of a derp. With minimal fuss (well... I did get my coat caught for a while and needed some help...) we were into the colliery site, but soon found that the powers that be, at some point or another, had been around and done a good job of bricking up the remaining buildings, of which there were many. Never one to take that many external photos, I didn't get photos of them, but they were all pretty big. We were able to climb up one to check out whether it was worth going in, but it was pretty overgrown on the inside, and didn't look too appealing. The Admin Building was open, however, so we made our way in. 

Monday, 4 February 2013

Promis Rehab Centre, Nonington, Kent - February 2013

Continuing my flurry of explores since Christmas on into February I met up with Starlight 2099 to have a look into a site that she suggested recently that we hadn't seen covered before. Unlike the last time we met, on Saturday I wasn't late, it didn't forget my tripod, and it wasn't in the cold snow. After a bit of a cross country short cut we arrived at our destination, having a quick look from the car on the way past initially, and then swiftly moved inside.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Railroad Man

Last night we did a stop-animation evening with the Explorers. They got to grips with it, so I set about making my own one. Here is the result. 

Archcliffe Galleries Revisit - January 2013

Part of this evening's little Dover trip was a revisit, this time to the Archcliffe Galleries at Western Heights. I originally visited this site with Giacomo in June, but the tripod didn't work, the torch we had was naff, and all of  the photos were taken with flash. I had been meaning to get back here for a little while to get some decent pictures, but had been putting it off as it's a reasonably small place. 

Visited with a few new explorers.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Oil Mills West and Upper, Dover - January 2013

So here are Parts 2 and 3 of my Saturday adventure in Dover. After an initial bit of confusion over where we were parking we made it there eventually, and watched as Tristian whipped his magic out, and just like that, we were in. 

Explored with Tristian, Will (cheers guys), and Laura.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Fort Burgoyne Snow-Time Edition - January 2013

Welcome to the next part of this weekend's adventures (chronologically last, mind) at a snow covered Fort Burgoyne. After doing Z Rocket and Oil Mills (more on that to come next time), Starlight and I headed over to the Fort for a nice walk around the grounds. I've been here twice already, the first time with Giacomo, where we missed a whole lot of the outer parts of the Fort, and the second with a few others when I almost walked into Mr Security, so had to bail early on. Fortunately I got the job done this time.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

St Margarets Battery Deep Shelter - Z Rocket - January 2013

After a slightly late, problematic start, this morning I found myself in St Margarets walking through snow in the freezing cold to tackle the St Margarets Deep Shelter, also known as Z Rocket. Explored with Silver Rainbow, Will, and Starlight 2099. Big thanks to Silver Rainbow for sorting us out. Photos added from a second visit.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

'Tunnel Railway' Tunnel and ARP Shelter, Ramsgate - January 2013

My current renewed vigour for exploring continues with a report on this behemoth that lies below Ramsgate. Big thanks to Stealth for tipping me off about it and going in with me.

Monday, 7 January 2013

The Grand Shaft, Western Heights, Dover - January 2013

After our intrepid trip to the North and South Casemates Giacomo and I headed along the South of the Citadel, where I had a few places in mind that I wanted to check. First on the list was St Martin's Deep Shelter, unfortunately sealed. Second was Archcliffe Galleries, but having got distracted by a map, forgot to check entry. Third on the list was The Grand Shaft.


North and South Casemates, Western Heights, Dover - January 2013

Welcome to my first explore of 2013! To mark such an occasion I teamed up with Giacomo to attempt a site that we both failed at way back in June, when we went for quite some walk and missed the site by about 200-300m, annoyingly.