This is what wiki says:
“Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities…”
To me though… it’s just something I’ve always done since the childhood I spent growing up in an industrial “wasteland” environment - exploring the places that you aren’t really allowed to see, (usually for health and safety reasons) where decay and history is wrapped together in a strangely beautiful, yet sometimes tragic, “frozen in time” situation.
Sometimes perhaps it can be dangerous, sometimes fruitless even, sometimes civil laws have to be considered to stay legal, but the explore is always the motivation. Ghosts of the past can almost be sensed around you in old places where nature is re-claiming the land, and its noticed in ways that reading about a site can never be conveyed.
UK trespass laws are civil and not criminal (except in certain sensitive places like active military bases etc), and as long as you break nothing, take nothing, and/or leave any trace of your being there, you should stay on the right side of the law. Remember the risks though, you make your own choices in life based on your own first-hand research.
Of course, I love travelling in “conventional” scenic places as well, but I really do defy anyone to convince me that the well tended ornamental garden will always have more beauty than the single Daisy smiling through the cracks of a derelict concrete wall
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