I took a look around this place back in March and posted it on another UE site but since joining up on here I thought I'd share it on here as well
After reading in the local rag (Leyland Guardian) that planning permission has been submitted and is very likely to be passed on building 750 homes and employment units, I decided to get a look at the old girl again before she disappears for good just like the rest of Leyland's industrial heritage.
Not much history is written about this place but from what I can gather, it was built in the mid to late 70s as a replacement for the 1st Test Track that was situated off Hall Lane in Leyland. As Leyland was considered one of Britain's biggest industrial towns with the Motors site taking up most of the town, it is pretty sad to see that hardly any traces of it remain. We are bombarded with reminders of Leyland's illustrious past and rich industrial heritage yet it's being mothballed to an extent that hardly any of the workers from Leyland Motors barely recognise. Upto now, this unique site has survived the bulldozers but not so much the Pikeys. A lot of the drain covers have been stolen, leaving dangerous 7-10ft drops at the side of the track and the workshop has suffered considerable damage since I visited here in March.
Anyways, on with the pictures...
Just as you get through the access point, look to the left and you're greeted by this which I thought was quite amusing.
Seeing as the Leyland Cross cobbles were covered over in the last two years, I'd say these are the last set of cobbles in Leyland.
I wonder if this is the original sign...
Where once there was industry
I think this safety barrier might've been pikeyed a bit.
Those sweeping corners and high cambers would make for a huge amount of fun around here.
This is the bridge that was used to gain access from the roads to test the trucks and buses.
A look out from the bridge.
The Eyes That No Longer See.
Finally, the Track begins to Give Way to nature.
Thanks for looking...
By TheBaronof Scotland
visited with Stussy on a mild day in March
Its not been shut too long and being honest lacked the decay I love, however, it was fun and a bit surreal as it was so intact
other parts to it but looked alarmed so happy with this................. for now
By TheBaronof Scotland
A report from a good full day out exploring on saturday
Hit the road early and traveled with a non member (working on that) and got to the location.
Parked up and got in fairly easy (watch out for bear traps and pits I was informed)
After about 20 mins inside i caught a shadowy figure moving along a corridor out of the corner of my eye, blind panic set in, because it was indeed the highland spirit........... stussy !!
Cool explore, pretty trashed but some really nice bits to it, the outside is stunning.
By TheBaronof Scotland
Havent posted for what seems an eternity !
So this was a trip to Bulgaria that 7 of us went on in March.
Wont go into the history as its out there
Small copy and paste from wiki
Buzludzha is a historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria and is 1441 metres high (4728 ft). In 1868 it was the place of the final battle between Bulgarian rebels led by Hadji Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha and the Ottoman Empire.
The Buzludzha Monument on the peak was built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement with the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a fore-runner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981.No longer maintained by the Bulgarian government, it has fallen into disuse.
The monument was built at a cost of 14 186 000 leva.
Buzludzha can be reached by two side roads from the Shipka Pass either a 16 km (10 mi) road from Kazanlak or a 12 km (7 mi) road coming north from Gabrovo.
Now the monument is abandoned and vandalised. As the roof of the building is heavily damaged, the main entrance of the building has been closed for the public. (cough cough)
So as said 7 of us went, 2 traveled from Glasgow (got knows why Nikon came up here to fly down to Stansted lol) met another 4 in Stansted then our final party member met us in Plovdiv after travelling from Belgium.
So many laughs had on this trip, ranging from 1 party member going missing at night, after getting bladdered and trying 4x4`s in the pitch black, to absolute nonsense conversations after too much cheap booze.
For me it was what a trip is all about, fun fun fun and seeing and shooting a pretty cool place.
We spent 3 days/2 nights at the base of the monument, personally only went up twice, but I know others done it many times at all times of the day and night.
Anyways, mixed bag, in the order they were shot
Not happy up here !!! 200ft pitch black climb then 100ft on see-thru ladders, anyone who knows me knows I dont do heights !!
Pretty chuffed I got to the top tbh, but bob hope I was going out on the ledge !!