It’s been another glorious weekend of sunshine, so I’ve spent most of it exploring – pretty unsuccessfully most of the way.

Saturday, I went looking for an anti-aircraft emplacement, which turned out to be a complete failure. So I headed off to Conington to have a nose at something interesting looking at the side of the old RAF Glatton site. Unfortunately, as is all to often the case, the apparently open access down a farm track on Flash Earth turned out to be a blocked and inaccessible route on the ground. I’m going to have to plan a different angle of attack, as I’m sure it’s something that might turn out to be an interesting explore.

I keep running into this type of scenario, and think the ideal solution would be to gain access by bike – but my GT isn’t feasible to lug around with my less than practical coupe. I really need something which folds, but don’t want some ridiculous looking city bike. A Dahon Matrix really takes my fancy, but they’re £500+ even from the cheapest suppliers.

dahon-matrix

I’m half tempted to bend the plastic and buy one, but my main laptop’s playing up, with what seems like a heat sensitive dry joint on the power connector. Really need to look at that first, in case it turns out to be unfeasible to repair.

Saturday evening I headed home via Ramsey, so drove past RAF Upwood on the way just to see if anything has changed. Pulled into the main entrance to find the Police searching someone’s car, so left again sharpish. Hopefully it was someone responsible for trashing the place rather than anyone exploring.

Sunday morning I woke up to more sunshine and fancied an undemanding day’s exploring, so I decided to head out to a couple of derelict churches just over the Cambridgeshire border into Norfolk.

The first was St.Mary, Islington, between King’s Lynn and Wisbech. I’ve driven past countless times and always thought I should stop off at some point. I looked a bit grey and uninteresting from a distance but, up close, is quite a nice place to be on a hot summer’s afternoon.

St.Mary, Islington

Falling into disuse, it eventually lost its roof, but was saved from further dereliction by the Churches Conservation Trust. They’ve added a wall at the chancel end to prevent the place falling apart and to preserve some lovely old monuments to the Bagges family. Unfortunately, it’s not the most sympathetic bit of building work, although no doubt it’s doing an important job of preservation.

St.Mary, Islington

More pictures.

After Islington, I headed over the Wiggenhall St.Peter. I’d visited here before, but decided not to stop at the time, as the weather was pretty grim and didn’t really lend itself to photography. Today was a big contrast and I soaked up the sun whilst wandering around what’s a beautiful example of slow dereliction left to its own devices.

Wiggenhall St.Peter

Inside, the whole place is overgrown with nettles, which gives it a much nicer feel than Islington.

Wiggenhall St.Peter

It’s obvious that the place is being cared for though, as safety fencing has been installed to prevent people wandering beneath the crumbling tower. Unfortunately, like Islington, the tower itself is inaccessible.

Tower

More pictures.

Although they’re not exactly the most dynamic or exciting of explores, I love old derelict churches. I’m really going to have to go back to Oxwick on a decent day, and also to find the few others around that area.

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