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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 to “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!

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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 historic Salts Mill in 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. 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 artist 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!

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Sir Titus Salt

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Epic Geocaching Adventure

I’m sat here ill plagued by some kind of annoying flu virus and fed up. Im no good at just sitting and doing nothing it drives me mental. So what better way to cheer my self up than to relive a recent adventure and share it with all of you.

The latest adventure is at the stunning location known as Ogden Water and Nature Reserve. How have I never been here before the woodland is so alluring and charismatic, walking around it gives off a magical feeling. It almost make’s you feel as though your on an epic adventure with Bilbo Baggins.

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today …

The sloping entrance to the woods and nature reserve opens out inviting you in with a picturesque scene of across the water complete with the historical promenade walk way. Walking along it certainly gives you a feeling of elegance, and brings with it the feel of its mid-Victorian origins.

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The Promenade 

 

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Opening the geocaching app to decide where to go first we were spoilt for choice, seems as we were going to be here most of the day we could take our pick!

The closest one to use took us up to the top of the woodland out into the open grass, right on the border where the trees stop. The hints on the cache used the words “creative” and “well hidden”. We spent about 10 minutes looking checking the area for where it might be.

It wasn’t long before we discovered the very clever hiding place!

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Completely camouflaged with another piece of bark in front
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Lets Get Logging

The ground is quite rocky and geocaching here is a lot of fun as long as you don’t mind continuous walking up and down hills! Making our way to the next cache it was located within a valley in the woods. Complete with wooden “troll” bridge (you know the ones you imagined the troll to live under as a kid when being read the story!).

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Troll Bridge

The cache was impossible to find and so after being slightly beaten checked the comments left by fellow cacher’s. We found out it was at the base of a certain type of tree, not very helpful when there’s 6 in close proximity, it also didn’t help we were stood facing the wrong way across the bridge! …Digging time!!

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Found it! By this point the sun is shining and although its only spring it’s getting rather warm, checking in on the app is always exciting a sense of achievement to share with others. Locating the next nearest cache we packed away out things took of a layer or too and got ready to explore. The hill we had to climb to get up to the other side of the valley was huge! A long steep walk up the middle of the woods.

It’s nice to see the care and attention that’s being taken to maintain these woods, orienteering posts, maintained walk ways and regular seating areas for resting are situated all over. Natural bird tables made from logs with carvings and decking providing viewing points for visitors keep it interesting.

Making it to the top of the climb with a serious need for a brew and a lie down we locate the next cache! What a nice cache to find after the torture of the hill. A cache filled with trinkets to swap always fun to find!

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A quick sit down on the tops and it was time to head back down towards our next cache, the location for this was near Boggart’s Grave. A Boggart is an English folklore creature, that are said to be very mischievous.

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Poem about Boggarts Grave 

The woods were starting to get busy and before long we were frequently coming crossed paths with families, children, dogs and dog walkers all out enjoying the sunshine and surroundings. Its don’t get spotted by the muggles time!

A short walk up the steps from Boggarts Grave we located our last cache of the day. Hidden in the remains of a hollow tree stump was a small container! Time to open it ….

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The cache had become wet so some of the contents weren’t in too good a condition but fortunately the log and a picture left behind of a family finding the cache previously was a nice find to end the day. A sit down for a quick drink and it would be time to start making our way back down and towards the car. After the epic geocaching adventure we had been on today it was time to log out of the app and just enjoy the superb scenery and delightful views.

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When reaching the bottom path to the woods you reach level again with the reservoir, the pathways are all even and allow you to walk the rest of the way back to the entrance directly alongside the water. The view is amazing.

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Reflections – Photo Taken By Myself – Jo Webster

After quite a long walk back the visitor centre and the route to the car park area it was a pleasant surprise to see a family area complete with benches to sit and eat, overlooking the water as well as being able to watch the ducks and geese sitting on the banking or swimming around. I didn’t expect this guy to get so close! He wasn’t scared.

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I can honestly say I had an amazing time exploring Ogden Water and I would certainly go again, it’s a great spot for any Geocachers as there’s so many to find, but the character of the woods itself inspires exploration for everyone. Heading back to the car the three musketeers had certainly had an eventful day!

 

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