Cold war reminder; Situated at around 800ft on the side of the Wenallt, North Cardiff. Overlooking the Welsh Capital, the nuclear bunker is less than 2 miles from the former nuclear (heavily stocked with plutonium and uranium) warhead manufacturing facility in Llanishen. The old blast doors have been removed and the entrance bricked up. The bunker was dormant from the mid-eighties until youths managed to get in past the rusting doors in the mid-nineties. The old Royal Air Force communications equipment, furniture and rations, were still in place, covered in dust. I wish I had my camera at the time. We did get caught by security, but pardoned by committing to the effort in the safe recovery of the equipment and clean up (the owner, then British Telecom, thought it was empty).
It's surreal to think we lived in an era of the threat of nuclear war. We had leaflets explaining what to do in the 30 minute warning. A threat that was so real, we accepted it could happen the same day you could imagine what the fallout would mean if you could survive a five megaton blast. We were 10 years old. We knew the limitations, the distances and timing of fallout. We saw the midnight transport trains leaving the warhead facility. We knew the government ran test runs, we saw the equipped military practice their drills. Today, my daughters don't know what a nuclear detonation is capable of. They are 10 years old. Lets keep it that way.
(I'm not responsible for the graffiti)