Military Sites

Explore #40: Cambridge Military Hospital (maternity ward), Aldershot, Hampshire – March 2014

After a night of breathtaking views in great company on the Kings Reach Tower climb it was time to make the middle-of-the-night drive solo down to Aldershot for my next target – Cambridge Military Hospital (or CMH to its friends). It was a surreal experience coming down from the adrenaline high of earlier in the night and driving around an almost deserted M25 at about 3.45am – at one point I must have driven for over a minute without seeing…

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Explore #36: The Bunker, somewhere in the UK, some time ago…

This was a pretty special explore – a huge cold-war era, 3-level air defence radar bunker. The location is top-secret, so don’t even think about asking, cos I won’t be telling! In order to protect the site as much as possible I’m not including any history either, so will just crack on with the photos – all shots were taken using the “light painting”by torchlight technique. Looking back it’s quite surreal to think that I spent over 4 hours underground,…

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Explore #10a (revisit): RAF West Raynham (rapier missile training dome and chapel), Norfolk – February 2014

This was quick revisit during a day of solo exploring, following my previous much longer explore in October 2013. The target this time: the former rapier surface-to-air missile training dome, which was the first of its kind in the UK. A press cutting from the time of its opening in 1985 can be read here. I was a little apprehensive, given recent reports of the over-zealous security, but I stealthily worked my way across the site and past security vans…

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