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Bricking it!

I don’t know what’s so fascinating about things that are old and abandoned but there certainly is something!

It’s a complete adrenaline rush and a wave of different emotions, from the planning all the way to the ride home in the car. Urban Exploring has definitely become one of my favourite things to do!

This amazing find is an old abandoned brickworks called Allen Brickworks in Hipperholme.

Google maps however turned this into a complete adventure! Basically it took us the wrong long way around down some epic dirt paths resulting in us having to make friends with a random stone yard owner to be able to abandon the adventure wagon and commence foot patrol to our destination!

As long as you don’t mind hills this is a beautiful walk down into the bottom of the valley. It is possible to drive down closer but I wouldn’t advise it in anything other than a purpose built monster truck or a vehicle of that description!

We didn’t really know what to expect to be honest, but we certainly didn’t account for what we found, the place is massive! We were there for a couple of hours at least. There’s so many out buildings and building blocks to go in.

If you like street art this is the place of all places to see it! It’s literally the paradise of street art and design, Nearly every wall every floor, roof and brick is covered. The contrast is amazing the old bricks and buildings with their run down appearance are given a vibrant new look. The floors are littered with empty spray cans of all ages.

It’s always quite nerve-wracking exploring around derelict sites you just don’t know what to expect or who! We bumped into “people” for the first time ever and believe you and me it’s a bit scary at first. You don’t know why their here you hope there equally as adventurous as you are but due to the nature of the places there’s a chance some of the people might be up toΒ “no good” luckily everyone we met were cool! A group of street artists looked as frightened to see us as we did them at first. There was also a couple the same as us exploring around taking pictures and then finally a group of younger people out with their pet dog.

There was so much to see but some of the buildings are just empty rooms due to a lot of the fixtures and original fittings being destroyed over time.

This place was brilliant but due to the sheer size of it, it would be impossible to upload and share everything with you all at once so stay tuned for part too with loads more photos as we adventure around as well as the people we met and the history behind the place.

Well that’s enough jabbering now for this one the pictures say it all! This is literally an adult adventure playground!

Happy Reading!Β 

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People watching at Salts Mill and not in a creepy way!

People are fascinating creatures. Each one completely different from another. There’s never a better opportunity to see going about their business than in a busy setting. So with that said and armed with the camera a trip to the beautiful and historicΒ Salts MillΒ inΒ Saltaire.

Salts mill used to be a textiles mill but is now used as an art gallery, with places to eat and shop. It was built way back in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt. (side note, if you have never heard of this guy look him up!) When the mill was built it was the largest industrial building in the world! This was calculated by the total floor area, and quite rightly because its massive.Β The mill its self is situated in the heart of Saltaire and closed its doors as a textile mill in 1986.

Saltaire is a world heritage site, its beautiful, walking around is picturesque and perfectly reserved in its Victorian glory. All the houses and buildings are bursting with character from the Victorian period, hence why the site is so heavily protected. All the houses were built by Sir Titus Salt for his mill workers and staff. The houses are still being lived in today.

The day we decided to adventure here was the weekend that Roberts Park were hosting the Dragon Boat Racing event, so it was heaving around the area, as well as the blistering sunshine that had spontaneously come out to play.

Salts Mills art gallery houses several large rooms to display the very talented Bradford born artistΒ David Hockney.

On the ground floor is my personal favourite part of the mill, the art shop. A beautiful period room renovated beautifully displaying art work, statues and ornaments as well as art and craft supplies and books all devoted to creative minds. The atmosphere is so calm and quiet, and it smells beautiful, floral and fresh.

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This lady trying to decide which craft book to buy.
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Look at this lady, I wonder what masterpiece she’s off to create.
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This women had me mesmerised, so classy.

Around the room colours are everywhere, they stand out beautifully against the dark surroundings. The solid table benches used to display all of the shops items dominate the room. This creates a very old meets modern contrast which works perfectly. I could stay in here for hours.

I love the reflection of the windows in the glass
Gorgeous Artwork Lines the stone walls
the tall window arches create amazing light patches around the room
so many colours and details compliment the artwork behind
Look at the detail and craftmanship in these!


Out of all the pieces around the room my favourite had to be this elderly lady her face really tells a picture, their life in her eyes, history in her face. The way the artist has captured how she olds the saucer reminds me of how my own Nan used to. The longer I looked at it I couldn’t help thinking that’s someone’s grandmas.

My Favourite Piece

Looking around the mill other parts of the structure and decor caught my eye.

Ceiling and Beam

Victorian school desk, I wonder how many children used this


After a look round at the separate parts of the mill it was time to leave but before I did I managed to get a cheeky snap of the Man Himself!

Sir Titus Salt

Sir Titus Salt

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Goit Stock, WOW

This adventure takes place in Goit Stock woods and Harden Beck, and wow is it beautiful!

Hidden away in the valley, a short walk through a side street in between beautiful houses and garages, a woodland area appears. The pathway opens up into a picturesque woodland. An easy walk on quite even terrain the footpath takes you along side the river through into the heart of the woods.

The hidden valley over the last 200 years has been home to a cotton mill, the site is beautiful, no wonder it was a much visited tourist attraction going as far back as the 1920’s.The area was primarily owned by the Ferrand family, as part of the St Ives Estate. This was up until 1919 when it was sold. Known as the “happy valley” Goit Stock used to be a thriving pleasure resort. The cotton mill which was converted into a ballroom and cafe recorded an astonishing 20,000 visitors on one Bank Holiday Monday in 1927. Unfortunately tragedy stuck and a fire which started destroyed the Cotton Mill along with the dance floor and all of the instruments belonging to the Wilsden Brass Band. The area never got back to thriving quite like it did and sadly was closed in the year of 1932.

Walking through the woods along the river side, the gentle noise of running water can be heard, the sun shines through the gaps in the trees creating a haze across the ground. It really is beautiful . As we make our way through heading towards the screen of trees creates a secluded feel to our adventure, we could be anywhere. A real new world feel is created, the gentle hum of wildlife, and the array of wild flowers creates a very scenic picture.

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Goit Stock Woods

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Goit Stock Woods
After a short walk over uneven rocky terrain the woodland opens up, large bolder’s take precedence at either side of the walk way, covered in moss and other plant life. It is very charismatic to look at the way nature over the years has adapted to survive. Turning a corner following the river bank a little further beautiful rock formations in the water, splashes from the collision of water are created as the river runs freely along, tiny birds are sat on the rocks hopping and jumping in and out of the water, undeterred by people or the current.

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Goit Stock Woods
I love to be outdoors, it gives me a sense of freedom and tranquility, a place to unwind and relax where nothing else matters, exploring in new places taking advantages of the beautiful surroundings and the calming atmosphere’s.

Out of all the places I have been lucky enough to see and visit since I began Geocaching nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see just around the next corner.

Hidden in a secret corner, surrounded by gigantic rocks and trees lies this breathtaking natural scene.

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The Stunning Goit Stock Waterfall

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The Breathtaking Goit Stock Waterfall
 

Ive never seen something so naturally beautiful so unexpected. If that wasn’t enough just to the left was a short flight of metal steps joining on to a quite nerve-racking narrow rocky path allows access to above the waterfall and onwards into the woods.

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View From The Top Of The Waterfall
Deciding to have a rest and a cup of well deserved tea we ventured onwards to find a suitable resting place. The terrain around the area is quite uneven and rocky so we decided to walk a little further around the next corner we weren’t disappointed. Out of sight of the waterfall the path opened up revealing this.

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Second Waterfall – Goit Stock Woods

A smaller but in no way less breathtaking waterfall. The sound of the water splashing down into the river was so loud. But at the same time not intrusive. As you can see I couldn’t resist sitting on the edge, after all what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sat watching waterfalls surrounded by such beautiful scenery.

Time really does fly whilst out adventuring and reluctantly it was time to start heading back,  packing away our tea cups and camera we made our way back through the woodland. Ducks bobbing up and down washing in the river, a couple of spaniels eagerly adventuring in and out of the water whilst their owners watched on.

Further back towards the entrance of the woods we found one more beautiful spot and a chance to get in to the water, for one last stop.

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So as the days adventure came to an end complete with muddy shoes and tired feet it’s time to say goodbye for now.

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Happy Reading.