As an urban explorer, I love to venture into the unknown, sometimes more challenging places than others and this time I found myself and two other likeminded friends travelling to Micheldever Fuel Depot.
“ Micheldever Fuel Depot was built in 1939 as a fuel & oil terminal during the war. It was last used in the mid-nineties and remains on the ‘reserve’ list, so in theory, could be used again should it be needed ”.
We managed to find some information about the location from urban explorers / 28 days later and started our adventure from Newbury with no real clue of the exact location…just ideas from the existing station plus enthusiasm to find it. We all scouted around places to park as we found ourselves by the Micheldever train station, but eventually found a discreet (no fine involved), the road to park down and got on our adventure. I knew roughly from a drive around the Overton road where the location would be and set off with all our gear, which is an explorer: packing more is never a stupid idea!
After finding an entry point past what seemed to be a travellers site avoiding trouble we found an entry point in the fence. We went through what seemed to be forever of thick brambles/bushes eventually to find this beautiful panoramic view. From here we roughly knew where to get down from the right-hand side of the photo and eventually peered over a hill to find the old abandoned fuel depot.
After finding no way to get down at all apart from an idea to climb down the mountain by the tunnel, my friends were very reluctant to follow me down as I went on what they called a “bear grylls” moment and slid down a steep clay hill. I wouldn’t suggest this to most and to go down slowly grabbing every tree to make sure you don’t fall as it is a very long way down, but eventually, we found ourselves down at the bottom safe and sound exploring the outer buildings.
One of our friends didn’t really feel like coming down to start with, but we called him and persuaded him to come down as we were having such a great time exploring, taking in the old relics of what used to be once a running establishment!
Some parts were so surreal, especially exploring the inner “bunker-like” buildings but we sucked up being paranoid and ventured on finding some cool stuff inside the bunker which was very eerie.
We explored some more parts of the outer buildings but me, being me I decided to go completely into the building to capture those unique images I love to get in hard places. Before I found myself like a tin of sardines” as they say climbing up onto the roof of Crookham Court Manor house, now I was exploring through broken glass and decrepit floorboards.
After beautiful sunny skies and epic sunsets exploring through the Micheldever Fuel Depot sadly, as this is the UK… the heavens opened and we had to abandon further exploring despite nearly finding everywhere we wanted. The journey back was great, some jokes in the car and even saw a stunning rainbow which always shows the day was well worth an adventure.
I hope anyone else wanting to explore finds this place respects it, please remember others bask in what may seem to be ruined or rubbish for you! Especially us photographers, we love to capture images with a truly rustic feel, in its own wild environment is what we live to capture.
Wherever I go I like to leave a trademark image and create something out of the box, with parts of the local environment. So we managed to quickly whip out the Vendetta mask find a low angle and create this entertaining image using just a steering wheel we found lying around!
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( Please note I do not force entry nor disrupt the environment )