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    Ever since we first visited this abandoned mill a few years back, climbing the chimney has always been a huge goal.



    Rylands Mill Chimney









    The mill was constructed in 1867 and the chimney is 59.7m tall or 196ft.



    The mill in 1950s.







    I didn't know the chimney was accessible anymore but after getting a guide from a local explorer, I met him on a weekday evening to complete the mission. Although a new fence has been put up around the perimeter of the building, no protection goes into it and it has widely opened up already. I really don't understand Wigan council's logic, spending all that money on a fence but not maintaining it's security when it is obvious many people visit this site daily.



    Anyway, our first task was getting on the roof beside the chimney, where a large puddle was causing a nice reflection of the main building, so I had to get this shot.







    From here, after some upper body strength that I somehow found I has, we were climbing up the long ladder up to the roof. Inside it is incredibly dark which helps because you can't see the floor. There was a slight nuisance with the amount of pigeon jump scares that kept occurring but that wasn't going to stop us as we could see the light above.



















    After staying up there for about 10 minutes, we could see multiple people around us looking up and pointing so we headed down, to risk capture.



    Be sure to check out my documentary styled video on our climb. I'm really happy with how it turned out:





    Thanks for reading :)
    Last edited by krela; 8th May 18 at 21:13. Reason: Fixed video link.
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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRO...e7PFGoxghAqKsA

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    Nicely done but I would have preferred a few more shots but as you said people were pointing in your direction (probably uttering "Look at that idiot!" or similar words) so you had to make a hasty getaway. Still, you did manage to get a nice shot of almost a sunset.
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    Yea man haha sorry. It was super windy up there too
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    Nicely done,did you get any pictures from the bottom of the chimney looking up?
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    Dangling off an abandoned chimney is a cool way to spend your afternoon...

    nice report

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    No we didn't I don't think, we were pretty rushed for time. In the video there is lots though :)
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    Love the reflection shot, looks a magnificent building!
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    I have climbed this a few times in the past I think it may have been 2014/15 and the ladder inside wasn't in the greatest of conditions back then so I would t like to see it now, I was under the impression it was completely sealed with concrete though, apparently not, it's a fun climb and an amazing view but.even on the best of days it was extremely windy.. :)

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