Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Orford Ness Atomic Weapons Research Establishment

Last autumn, my friend Max and I were lucky enough to visit the now-derelict Atomic Weapons Research Establishment on Orford Ness, which is a 10 mile long shingle spit on the Suffolk coast. The AWRE was operational throughout both world wars and also the Cold War, conducting tests on nuclear warheads and also experiments in over-the-horizon radar; a project codenamed Cobra Mist.
Normally, you can book a boat on the day to take you across to the spit and you can explore a limited portion of the site, but in order to reach the more interesting structures, you need to book access a few months in advance. 

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