Fails of the Urban Explorer: Just a Few More and then... None
There are going to be fewer 'Fails of the Urban Explorer' in the future.
This is not due to me suddenly becoming super-human, jumping through windows 15 feet up, or even the 'new gloves' which have definitely improved my climbing abilities.
'It feels like a cop-out.'
If you don't get in, then why bother taking external shots? I have these beneath, and maybe enough for another post and there will be no more.
'Shitholes of the Urban Explorer', now that has a better ring to it. I do plenty of those, and each one is a little different from the last.
That one needs a little more pondering.
Trafford Park Hotel
Just look at that, what architecture we have and everyone ignores it. Mix in an angry sky, and an overbearing filter and you have a HIVE cover image that distinctively pops.
It was our second attempt at this annoying Victorian pub that was once filled with crack-heads and squatters. They got thrown out a while back, we were too late... again.
On our last visit, a COVID centre was erected next to it, with many busybodies. Now, it hosts demolition equipment within the not very well sealed grounds.
We could have managed to get in, but when they are sealing windows 30 feet up it's hardly encouraging.
The deadly-looking sky was a factor. It looked like torrents of rain were going to fall on our heads seconds later. I have an aversion to rain when exploring.
We bailed and probably shouldn’t have. You never know what’s in there until you climb over the fence.
The Sheep Church
This church was not on our agenda. That belonged to a burnt-out house that was heavily on the mend by the time we arrived.
Double-glazed new windows said it all. Someone was doing a makeover and this was backed up by a builder around the back giving us funny looks.
…we do look rather shifty, it’s to be expected…
The church was next door to our original target so why not take a peek?
Over the gate, avoid the barbed wire, the usual crap.
Wooden doors are not enough, iron here with plenty of rust.
The door looked like it was going nowhere, and was; some old boiler room and little else. How long since anyone has been here?
We noticed the stone-etched sheep on the side of the building and wondered if they used to worship sheep in 'The Sheep Church'. Like devil-worshipers, I suppose there could be Sheep fans.
Could it be for anything else? The Sheep Church was firmly sealed up and we were out of luck.
Was it a Library, once upon a time? It had that look of something from the 1950s, small and just big enough for the local village.
Middleton is a town now but likely was not 70 years ago.
We gazed at the grounds, covered in brambles and it was January. What would it be like in mid-summer?
You likely couldn't even see it. Over the wall was an option but our target when reached looked so derp-stricken we could not muster our legs over it.
The other side of this ‘Library’ contained some kind of shooting range (even though guns are illegal here). The thick brambles once again were too much of a deterrent.
This one can be found quite easily by googling 'Urbex' and 'Grange-Over-Sands'. This Cumbrian town sounds like it's straight from a Famous Five, Enid Blyton children's book.
Where's Timmy the dog?
I happened to find myself needing to kill a few hours while @bingbabe was running around some Lake District lake in one of her trails runs.
I had to have a look at the premier explore and was most disappointed with what I found.
It was a sunny day with plenty of people milling about, many of them next to Grange Lido which is a local eyesore.
They have done quite well in sealing it up, though this weak spot could have been comprised easily if it wasn’t for all the bloody people.
The edges had those spiky circles on with a nice drop into fast quicksand if you fucked up and missed your footing.
Don’t be fooled, it may look lovely but within seconds Sand Wurms will eat you alive down there.
I decided to give it a miss.
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that park hotel looks perfect for a rerun of the adams family 🦇, good to see you survived the sandworms, have a great weekend
While writing this I was thinking, 'should have jumped the fence and had a look'. Since visiting we have adopted a more, 'don't give up so easy' posture. Might try again, next year!
one could always use a drone to peek over the fence first before jumping
Drones oh no.. too noisy, we are quiet sneaky bastards.., that's how we operate.
Nae luck. That first pub looks fantastic - and that door into the church was a tad creepy !
I was afraid a stampede of half-starved sheep were going to trample us, you have to be prepared!
Well they are very dangerous animals - could take your arm off
The place looks just wow 😳❤️
AMAZING AND FANTASTIC
Urban exploration is not for the faint of heart. It takes a special kind of person to want to explore the dark, dank, and often dangerous corners of our cities. And while most urban explorers are careful and experienced, there are always a few who fail to make it back alive.
Most of the abandoned structures here could be a good tourist center.
This is a 5* hotel in terms of what your usual posts look like. Have you tried to order room service? !LOLZ
Anyway, I hope you spoil us with some trashy photos in future, we love it. 👑
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The Trafford Park Hotel is definitely looking good with your edits! Your reno with a laptop would make a fabulous show.
Seriously, you two always scare me as you go crawling up those second stories or up through the basements.
Only to get earen by sandworms on your way home.
Happy endings, man!! I want happy endings!
I scare myself with what I do now, much more brazen than a couple of years ago when I started doing all this. I can barely walk after all this and then 1.5 hours of driving. Next day is the same.., it takes me a while to recover from a day of it.
I am always amazed. Not that you can do it, but that you DO it. (I've said that dozens of times) The nonexistent floorboards, or even the ones you can see... are scariest to me. I admire the heck out of you, all that fun. Hehe... Not for the weak at heart.
I'll keep reading as long as you are
crazywilling enough to go in.
Hey, you! Have a great rest of your week!