As I mentioned in yesterdays post, my friend Moffat and I went exploring round an old castle near where we grew up. The castle itself has been derelict since the late 1960s, when the roof was removed so as to avoid paying tax on the property (or so I was told), but the servants house was occupied until about twelve years ago, funnily enough by the family of a girl I was friendly with at school. I could probably call this my first ever explore actually, since she took me up there to look around about a year after they moved out. And boy has it changed since then. A mixture of the natural elements and vandalism has not been kind to the whole place, although as you can see from my pics the exteriors still looks stunning.
First we looked around the servants area. The main building sits opposite the castle with a big overgrown courtyard in the middle. Above you can see the back of it, where the car garage and stables were.
This is the main staircase - another spiral! It was hard to get in a good position for photographing it, but it's really quite stunning. Many years ago I climbed up to the top and you could see for miles - now the debris gets pretty bad about half way up, making it unadvisable to try that again. Plus my freaking out was getting quite visible at this stage so we decided to call it a day. After almost getting lost in the overgrown gardens, we found the path back to the car again, and I interrogated Moffat about the history of the place so as to distract myself from thinking about how it was dark, I was in the middle of a forest and our torch battery was about to run out... All in all though it was a great place to explore, if maybe slightly late in the day by the time we set off. We'll definitely be back earlier next time so I can see the other castle too! And I will not be wearing tights, since my legs were scratched to pieces by the overgrowth... (my tights seemed shockingly unscathed tho, go Tesco!)
Has anyone else been exploring? Got any tips for me?