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Pokin around at Permanite, august 2017

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Thanks to Jamieandkerry for the heads up on this one.
we couldnt find much history on this place either other than it had various names other than Permanite asphalt from around 1988 until the liquidaters took over last year. There is no trace of the plant on the old OS maps  but it does appear to have at least two stages of development. The older part appears to have been involved with a cement type material or powdered rock, possibly as an aggregate to mix with the asphalt. A narrow gauge rail system was used at one time but the later buildings which contain the large vats of tar appear to have been built on top of the tracks
 Having decided to visit this place, sis asked, "what footwear do i need this week? Should i wear my wellies?". "Nah", said i. "Should all be dry underfoot". Soon after we were heading off up the M1. Having made a mental map of the area we arrived at sainsburys carpark in little over an hour later and headed off up the hill towards Cawder quarry. A short time later it was apparent that my mental map was flawed and the one clear route was actually two, and we'd taken the wrong path. A path that had turned into boggy undergrowth and trees and no sign of industry anywhere. At which point i was sternly reminded that i said there was no need for wellies and that i should refer to good old google maps and get us on the right track, or else!
 A quick scout ahead revealed a dirt track and i confidently announced that  i knew where to go and sure enough we soon arrived at the site. All was forgiven. Access was no issue, with no fencing and no secca . First port of call was the reception area. This was trashed and had little or nothing of interest to look at. Surprisingly this was not an indication of what the rest looked like. Most of the interesting stuff was remarkably intact with little graffiti although typically few windows remained unbroken. 
Having left the car at about 8.30 we knew we were racing against the setting sun...........

Arrival
35653838544_6999111c6c_z.jpgDSCF6144 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Trashed
35680567363_b173221dbf_z.jpgDSCF6146 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


I do like a good pipe
36442933426_038e468910_z.jpgDSCF6153 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


the elevator motor
36442924766_f886760813_z.jpgDSCF6158 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


the elevator
35653786294_7deb6fd6db_z.jpgDSCF6160 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
36091774430_4a976b61bd_z.jpgDSCF6161 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


narrow gauge rails
35653754864_2866553627_z.jpgDSCF6163 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
one of several turntables
36091764620_4325fc6bae_z.jpgDSCF6162 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


this section was fascinating
36488817635_569c8d866a_z.jpgDSCF6164 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
this lift type thing moved horizontally and not vertically
35680475513_67705cac37_z.jpgDSCF6166 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


35653722064_37baa42ddc_z.jpgDSCF6167 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


36488785265_59bf0b3580_z.jpgDSCF6170 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


36091693300_57b95f8fec_z.jpgDSCF6176 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Squatters
36488754095_107aa35639_z.jpgDSCF6177 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


36351173211_5a92d46f8b_z.jpgDSCF6179 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
35653662564_281bcaa109_z.jpgDSCF6183 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
36320415192_209ee8b9a3_z.jpgDSCF6188A by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


dunno what this is but i want one
36442780986_d3fa2a8325_z.jpgDSCF6191 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
35680392763_dae3632c8e_z.jpgDSCF6196 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Laboratories
36488679855_9877c3f517_z.jpgDSCF6201 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
36320362682_e43c3e0e59_z.jpgDSCF6202 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
36091577400_59aeec33fe_z.jpgDSCF6205 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Light was fading fast
36442674696_fdd538758d_z.jpgDSCF6216 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
36488570775_e8f3dd4c15_z.jpgDSCF6221 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
36442540946_9466f3b8ce_z.jpgDSCF6233 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Strange clouds
36350918351_5cf62daeb1_z.jpgDSCF6226 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


AAAAAAAAARGGGHHH, Alien invasion
35653379304_527619aa56_z.jpgDSCF6241 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Almost pitch black we picked our way back along the route we shouldve arrived by. We spotted this on a large metal tank, Maggie Thatcher i think?
36091897670_daf0011c1a_z.jpgDSCF6242 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


We arrived back at the car to eat an expertly prepared (by sis) packed lunch before heading back down the motorway feeling very satisfied with our midweek mooch and full bellies. Thoroughly enjoyed this place!
Thanks for looking

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42 minutes ago, FunkyMuffin said:

Great report and pics, looks like you had a good time. Freaked out with the spider pic though (I don't dig spiders, as a matter of fact I scream like a little girl) lol

Haa, you not buying the alien invasion story then. It was an enjoyable mooch cos it was mostly intact and made a change from the burnt out shells I usually seem to end up at. 

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21 minutes ago, waveydave said:

Haa, you not buying the alien invasion story then. It was an enjoyable mooch cos it was mostly intact and made a change from the burnt out shells I usually seem to end up at. 

Haha, no aliens. The places around here are basically crap, mostly burnt out and completely vandalised. Need to go further afield, maybe Wales.

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5 minutes ago, FunkyMuffin said:

Haha, no aliens. The places around here are basically crap, mostly burnt out and completely vandalised. Need to go further afield, maybe Wales.

Yeah, gagging to go Wales myself too, just difficult to get enough time for a day trip out

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2 minutes ago, waveydave said:

Yeah, gagging to go Wales myself too, just difficult to get enough time for a day trip out

I'm too far for a day trip, I usually go for at least 3 days. Hopefully Oct. Looking to check out the Mach loop as well.

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34 minutes ago, FunkyMuffin said:

I'm too far for a day trip, I usually go for at least 3 days. Hopefully Oct. Looking to check out the Mach loop as well.

What is the Mach loop?

 

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9 hours ago, waveydave said:

What is the Mach loop?

 

Look up Mach loop (I'm going to cad west) on YouTube. You will be amazed. It's low level military training, usually fighter jets. Perfect place for photography as they get real close to the cliff. It's almost a 4 hour drive for me. There's a website that posts flight times but usually lots of waiting around.

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