Victoria Arches

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Met up with some of Manchester’s finest to do this after missing the last ‘meet’ a few months back. Shouts to Bigjobs, NickUK and (as usual) Moose for an immense night.

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Brinksway air raid shelter, Stockport

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Here’s the first of many explores from a mad summer, was out pretty much every week doing this sort of thing. It started off with this pretty relaxed explore of a huge network of tunnels underneath Stockport in the company of Moose and his girlfriend.

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Ainsworth Mill, Bolton

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I caught the bus to Bolton and spotted this place out of the window about halfway along the route, I’d heard it wasn’t faring too well but decided to have a look anyway. The weirdest thing about this place was probably the piles of children’s clothes in the basement…

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Facit Mine, Whitworth

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My first mine explore outside of the fairly standard North Wales slate mine tours. Big up Moose who took me down here and showed me round, sorry we didn’t find the crane this time!

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Whitehead Clock Tower foundations

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Whilst looking for something else in the area Stitch and I spotted a rather suspect-looking lid. Within a few minutes we had it up and descended into a small tunnel that led to the foundations for this local landmark.

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Radcliffe Times, Radcliffe

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Unearthed a nice mosaic in here, this place was actually a backup in case the two other sites I had in mind failed.

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The Rock Fire Station, Bury – full visit

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This building is by far one of the most secure abandoned buildings in Bury, which instantly elevates it to ‘top priority’ status on my list of places to explore locally. It took a lot of patience but I finally managed to get inside.

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Slop Pail, Bury (Walshaw Brook)

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This drain is a bit of a unique one; two culverts join together in a beautiful mish-mash of brick, stone, and concrete. Myself and Moose finally got around to taking a look at the ‘first’ section, starting at the infall from the Walshaw Brook.

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Horncliffe Mansion, Edenfield

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I hopped on the ‘urbex tourbus’ and headed off to a local mansion known all round the UK as the “Jaguar Mansion”. Was nice and relaxed in here, although I managed to forget my camera on the way out.

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