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Heavy Metal !

On top of a blast furnace in Belgium

Sun rise…sun set..and weekend of opposites..from the amazing sunset from the top of HFb to the freezing gloomy grey sunrise on top of HF6! Both involved..fences,brambles,razor wire,ditches,walls,ladders,slag heaps,mud,tight squeezes and plenty of laughter ! Both involved a long climb to the top! Well worth it for the views! Heavy Metal at its best !

Chateau Noisy

Staircase at Noisy Castle

Delete all your photos ..is what the mad lunatic Belgium kept shouting us after he found us inside this wonderful old house..he was not happy finding us in here ! bloody foreigners…no sense of fair play..we’d just driven 200 miles to get here..walked about 5 miles up and down the valley trying to find the
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The Bloody Doors

First explore for a while..it was always going to be an awkward one this..for many reasons! After the usual meet up in some dodgy car park (that’s dodgy not dogging) this time at a more acceptable hour of the day we preceded to advance on our target in the usual ninja style..whilst some of the
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Going out of my mine..

Dinas Silica Mine

well you would do…holidaying with my family! After a night of torrential non-stop rain the morning did not look like it was going to improve!…so with that in mind we decided to go underground – Dinas Silica Mine! After a small trek up the side of a mountain, being passed on the way by two
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A mad day at the asylum

The Darkness of Severalls Asylum

We drove to Severalls from a sunny but chilly corner of Kent in lovely blue sunshine and arrived to find it dull and very much overcast! This should have been our first warning ! The grounds are covered in vicious bramblesThe fences are high and very pointyThe place is huge It’s falling downWe went on a day
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Battersea – We have the power !

Battersea Power Station Chimneys

On a dark rainy night, meeting down a back alley in the heart of London the Team UE boys infiltrate the night…can’t tell you the location as it is very sensitive! After some limbo style entry points and wading across a sea of glutinous mud, running about like a bunch of girls at a JLS
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Some classic days out exploring

The boys are back in town

There have been some classic moments over the past few years whilst hitting the road with a bunch of cool like minded explorers, across the UK into France and Belgium. We’ve had our ups and downs, run ins with crazy game keepers, the police and local peasants. Above all, we’ve laughed a lot and that’s
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Urban Exploring

Team UE in Prison!

So what’s all this Urban Exploring I keep hearing about? Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby and, although it may sometimes involve trespassing onto private property, this is not
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Prison Life

A day in Prison..

Our first stop on our little wander across France and Belgium this weekend…after waking up the small village of sleeping Romanians parked in front of the place we thought we’d better make ourselves scarce! After a lovely walk in the sunshine we found our entry point! Easy this Urbex lark ! After 20 minutes of
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