I heard about this site along time ago and despite the fact that we here at Sick Britain are meant to be all about UK Urbex I thought I’d break tradition from (a) posting articles about forums, and (b) post a quality site from the good old United States of America. Opacity has been around since 2002 and is a personal site detailing the urban exploration of one man – Tom Kirsch (or Mr. Motts), the site is beautifully put together (all hand-coded by the site’s owner) and contains an amazing amount of stunning photography, site reports and even a forum (though the emphasis of the site is clearly on the reports). I can’t stress more, if you’re into urbex you have to look at this site: http://www.opacity.us/.
After a recommending a regionalised site last week I thought I ought to return to the national stage with a community spotlight on urbexforums.co.uk, another forum site focused more on site reports than general discussion but it’s quite active. There’s not a great deal to say because it does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s a forum about urbex in the UK and it’s called urbexforums.co.uk!
Much more specific in targeting than many Urbex sites, the Mids Urbexing forum is aimed specfically at those of us from the UK’s ‘Midlands’ region generally referring to Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and the whole Birmingham metropolis. The area has a rich history of industrial activity and took centre stage in the industrial revolution from mills to factories, sadly these days the UK manufacturing industry is in decline and that leaves a lot of places empty and open for exploration. The forum here has a good little community going on, if you’re in the area or think that you might be able to make it over to the midlands for an explore then check out http://www.mids-urbexing.co.uk/.
This time I’ve found a regionalised community site, Northwest Exploration, aimed at the North West of England the site specifically defines itself as covering North Wales, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, The Wirral, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria (although I wouldn’t personally class Derbyshire as North-West). Compared to most sites NWEX is much more focused on site reports than general discussion but if you’re in the area and looking for inspiration be sure to check out http://nwex.co.uk/.
One of the first sites I came across when entering the murky world of Urban Exploration was Derelict Places, a UK Urbex forum. The forums are home to a great number of users who post site reports, general chat and other stuff and the atmosphere there is nice and friendly – I strongly encourage you to visit and meet the guys over there.
P.S. The eagle-eyed of you might spot that the Google ads in the top-right contain a link to this very site, that’s because Sick Britain contributor thirtyfootscrew was sent a free £50 Adwords voucher and valiantly used it to help promote this blog!