Tales of the Urban Explorer: The Lost Cabin in the Woods

There was no way in hell I would have found “The Lost Cabin in the Woods" without some direction. It was posted by a somewhat hated prominent Facebook ninja-masked explorer some time ago.

I happen to have a good relationship with him and I knew for a fact he would share if I asked. As I was over in @goblinknackers’ part of the woods (no pun intended), I sourced the location and knew I was probably only the second explorer to see its yield.

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On arrival, I knew a walk was going to be required. This one was strange as it was sandwiched between two businesses, yet I could see it was one of those forgotten places, lost in time.... and cobwebs.

Bypassing the extra rusty barbed wire I looked at @goblinknackers and received the same mental telepathic message.

...how the fuck are we going to get past this mass of nettles?...

From our angle, I could see the 'cabin' was long, skinny, and hopefully interconnected.

Our only hope was to thrash at these wild, savage, merciless stinging plants then sneak in at the bottom end and work our way up from the inside.

Looking back at what I snapped that day, I regret not taking more externals. There was more to it than the long cabin.

I guess my thoughts at the time were that the rest was so ugly it was not worth any megabytes of phone space.

After some scrambling, trampling, and wistfully dreaming that it was legal to carry machete's about in the UK, we made it to the lower end of the cabin.

I was trying to figure out who lived here. Did anyone live here, was it a man-cave, was it a business, or maybe just a place to have a wank, read porn and take your lifelike blow-up doll for some fun.

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Vintage scales that don't contain kilograms on the weight bar; Avery was famous for them.

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Why not get pissed when weighing your goods?

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.22 ammunition; air rifles could be bought by anyone once. The .22 was the better, more powerful version at the time.

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Land Rover magazines from the mid-nineties, and lots of them. I was starting to form a picture of who hung around in here.

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What is that. It looks familiar but I can’t quite place it. Is that a computer port or am I imagining things?

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Not a stand for those useless TVs that gave out the worst picture ever. Now that we are all digital and the analogue signal was nationally disconnected around 2009 it is completely useless.

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The owner did not like smoke. Was that a personal reminder or was this some kind of business?

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Eggs, cooking equipment, tea, plates; did someone live here? I found no beds anywhere. It would have been freezing in the winter and lying on the wooden floor would have resulted in frostbite.

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Several cups, so more than one person?

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I should have checked the year on that calendar. It was a little spider-web encrusted.

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We were almost at the top of the long cabin now and had to move outside into the awaiting nettles all poised and ready to sting us.

I spotted something that looked like CCTV. Surely not?

Wading through and trampling the nettles I approached this strange-looking device intent on scaring off intruders.

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What is that; half a pair of binoculars hanging by a rope? Had this Land Rover loving, spirit drinking hermit been some one-eyed part-time security guard?

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Walking around the 'security system' we approached another shed-looking building crammed with old junk.

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Did he own a Range Rover or simply hoard old parts?

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The hermit did own a Land Rover, which was getting old by the time it went out of commission. I checked the plate number and it was taxed until 2011.

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By 2004 the Land Rover would have been ten years old. He did take care of it.

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113,000 miles in only 8 years. That’s a shit lot of driving. The car was produced in 1994.

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People do love to leave all their private shit for all to see. If the Discovery was still parked up somewhere, we could have taken it for a spin.

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I sure Jack Daniels produce Whisky, not tins of biscuits?

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All these clues painted a picture of whose man-cave this used to belong to.

I figure he was a one-eyed Land Rover freak who fired his .22 Air Rifle at any trespassers who went near the cave while swigging vodka from a bottle.

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Would you say my assessment is accurate?

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That hard drive thing has me curious. Not sure if it's a SCSI port on it, but those flat pins are odd.

Does seem like someone's little hideaway. The UK is not like the US where you can have a cabin miles from anywhere. There's generally going to be neighbours fairly near and this place must have had mains electricity. Just seems his 'porn' was of the Land Rover kind. What a guy does in his shed is his own concern.

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That hard drive thing has me curious. Not sure if it's a SCSI port on it, but those flat pins are odd.

I have seen these in the past, but am unsure what it is. My memory needs a jog. @bozz might know.

and this place must have had mains electricity.

I am not so sure. The cooking device was what campers use, fuelled by butane gas.

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I guess the TV could have been run from a battery. My parents had a B&W portable that could run off a car battery. I don't see any sockets. What lights were there?

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I did not notice any light switches. Should be more diligent.

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I was thinking it might be something to do with a printer because that really looks like one of the old style printer ports. I did some Googling and I found this.

https://www.ecu-rc.nl/Control/8262/range-rover-classic-3-5-efi-v8-84477-d-prc-4764/?tid=1

Looks like it was a part for his Range Rover which makes a ton of sense now give the other stuff in the place.

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Bloody hell, jackpot! .. and I thought it was a flat-bed scanner that was bolted down.

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My Google-Fu is pretty legit. :)

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My first thought was that it was an ECM but then I wondered if they were around back then? More importantly, why has it got my initials on it? PRC

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It seemed like it was someone's shelter there in a quiet state, a lot of things were left behind. But you are brave enough to go into that place, maybe if I go there I will be extra careful of wild animals that stalk me, one of the snakes.
But it was all a pleasant trip in my opinion. 🤗🤗🥰🥰

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We don't have lions, tigers and bears here. There are a few snakes but I have never seen one.

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It's good if the animals are not seen, but usually in places like that many animals take shelter there. 😁
Have a great day Mr. Slobberchops

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That looks like some pretty old stuff..
You should be taking some safety measures before sneaking into these old structures.

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You should be taking some safety measures before sneaking into these old structures.

It's what I do an have plenty of experience in doing it. I unusually get some injuries doing a full day of this.

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This looks like a house that was used for some time except winter. The owner might use it to get rest at weekend.

Or it was a snack bar that served until ten-twenty years ago. Why else would there be a scales? 😁

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Or it was a snack bar that served until ten-twenty years ago. Why else would there be a scales?

It's a valid point. I wish I could have seen in in 2004.

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Wow, what an awesome place. So much good stuff there and relatively untouched. He definitely had all the goodies that you could want. Cars, guns, booze. Awesome stuff. I expected it to be something you needed to crawl through given how low the roof looked. That would have been nasty!

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It was all quite open once we got through the greenery. A right man-cave!

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We need to figure out something for you to take care of the nettles without walking around wielding a deadly weapon. What if you carried around a board to kind of smash them down? Then after you leave they hopefully spring back up to deter arsonists and the like...

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Laughs in American

I have a machete right here!

8n all seriousness, a walking stick might be best.

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Assessment appears pretty accurate, owned a smart vehicle ran up good mileage, perhaps the log cabin was a place to call home for short spells between outings, sounds good!

Now a fella could be pretty happy in the woods like that, a stretcher bed, good napsack, bottle of Jack, some coffee, vehicle is road worthy and well maintained, air rifle, one sighted security system what a great life!

One eye open in the daylight, the other at night 🤣

!LUV

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Those Discovery Land Rovers are Chelsea tractors! Expensive beasts and bad gas economy. At least they were in the nineties.

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Enjoyed glugging loads of gas, but sure were sturdy and held their own under most conditions.

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Nettles make for a really good security and defense system. I hope you were wearing pants not shorts 😆

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Never wear shorts while exploring. Even t-shirts wearing can be dangerous. Those stinging things can be as tall as you.

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Well that definitely makes sense given the locations

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Once the world goes to shit and we are in a post apocalyptic scenario, you will already be a pro at rummaging around for things. It is like you are playing Fallout in real life.

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I does feel like Fallout at times. Lunatic Asylums and Government Buildings... even more so.

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Yep, a fair assessment. I am surprised the place wasn't booby trapped given the type of person it seemed to be!

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The binoculars should have primed us for traps. I could have sent @goblinknackers ahead to 'test the waters'...

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Lol. I think the last explore might have been more suited to testing the waters... :0D

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I'm already scared from the words "Lost hut in the woods"!
I cannot imagine that I would voluntarily explore such a hut ... You are, as always, at a high level! Thanks.

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These places usually hold things of interest. We could tell it was empty, the size of the nettle patch confirmed it.

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That does look like an old school external drive, but I'm not sure about the port. It looks bigger than external SCSI cables.

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@bozz correctly identified it as engine parts. Surprising eh?

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Yeah, I saw that and upvoted it as I scrolled the comments after commenting my nothingness.

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Superb treasure indeed

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Yes, a semi-outdoor time capsule. No madmen in sight, though one did live here.

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This place looks abandoned indeed. Nice post.

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fantastic place, it has many objects that could be highly valued by collectors ...

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I think you have accessed it quite well. It could have been my dad's without the Vodka. He wasn't even a sniffer.

I think he did too much of it in the military when he was younger.

I had to read all the comments to figure out what that thing was! Aha! Part of the Land Rover. I loved the Discovery and wished they had kept the shape. I don't even like Land Rover anymore and they were either amazing or lemons. Seems they had no in-between.

Machete? REally? No kidding. You know we would be put away for carrying one of those without reason. Yeah, just saying Urban Exploration may not fly with a judge here unless he was a cool dude. What was the last time that happened?

That little time capsule was a great find, so much packed into that little place. I could find many possibilities when I looked up January and February with Sundays on the 27th. It at least brought it to a ballpark. I liked all the tins and paraphernalia about the car etc. This was a fun discovery.

Totally a man cave. I wonder if he lived in one of those houses nearby?

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I could do with a machete for the back of my house, that's also a forest of nettles. We can't own such things here, or risk being arrested.

This one was strange, but they are all different in their own right.

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It was a little strange but that was the fun part about it. Much like people themselves each one of these is so individual.

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