Finally, an evening with some half decent weather and a few hours to spare to get out and explore a bit. Over the years, I’ve noticed ROC posts around, but never seen one up close, so I decided to head over to Ramsey to see the post there.

I’d seen loads of pictures of the post online and knew I wasn’t in for much. I had the post tagged on the satnav, but hadn’t realised that the road down to the site was unmade, or just how close it was to the side of RAF Upwood.

Initially, I was greeted by a huge mess of blackberry bushes and thought for a while that the post was buried amongst them. To my relief, as I walked further down the path the site greeted me, clear of heavy undergrowth and still surrounded by wire fencing.

Ramsey ROC Post

It was immediately clear that the site is in a poor state. The hatch cover was missing, so I knew the interior would be wet. Local kids had also tried to set fire to it. Presumably they don’t teach them the flammability of concrete in school these days?

Post Hatch

RAF Upwood lurks in the distance. It was quite strange seeing the airfield’s towers knowing I’d been up one of them just a few weeks before. A glider from the local flying club circled overhead, with an eerie whistling noise, just vaguely hinting at the history of the site.

Post vent with RAF Upwood in the distance.

Carefully picking my way down the hatch ladder, it quickly became apparent that the post itself is completely trashed. The floor is covered by a good few inches of water and assorted junk dumped down the hatch. Quite why anyone drags household rubbish all the way out to the post, rather than simply taking it to a waste site like any sane person would is beyond me. The local fire starters have also had a go down here too and the post stank of smoke. Disappointed to be confounded by the concrete, they’d obviously decided to try setting fire to the drenched waste instead. It’s good to know our country’s future is in such safe hands…..

Ramsey RAF Post Interior

Heading home, it seemed rude not to stop off at RAF Upwood for just the briefest nose around. The Airfield Archive Group have hopefully now secured use of the former guardroom as an archive for historical airfield information. It’s fairly likely that, when the time comes to start work on the place, I’ll end up volunteering some time to help out with clearing up. So I spent a short time looking round the place to get an idea of what’s going to be involved. It’s going to be a pretty daunting task. Pretty much every pane of glass in the place is smashed, doors have been broken through, double glazing units torn out and even the stud walls have been kicked through. It’s a pretty large building though – larger than I remembered – so will make for quite an interesting place, with loads of space for storage.

RAF Upwood Guard Room

After a quick scan round, I paused to take a few more pictures. The sun was low in the sky and  bathing the buildings in a rich, warm light. Unfortunately, I’d left my tripod at home, so I resorted to taking a few longer exposure shots with the camera on the ground, hoping to pick up on the way in which nature is starting to creep its way back into the site. Got home to find that everything I’d taken was pretty disappointing, with only one or two worthwhile shots. I’m still not convinced that my D60 was a particularly good investment.

RAF Upwood

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