Words and Photography by Sam Hardwick, Che Birch-Hayes and Colin Nicholls
Before dawn, we took to the road in search of a photogenic morning up Clee. Upon arrival, we instantly became immersed in fresh low clouds. This made for a difficult task of capturing full landscapes, but in turn, created an eerie atmosphere perfect for shooting the rubble, ruins and rustic outlay before us.
Sitting on the side of a standalone hill, Clee is dotted with quarry ruins from old coal workings; concrete monoliths and precarious looking structures making this a fantastically accessible location with something different for each time you visit. We were surprised to find that each corner taken led us to a new vista. If you want to sample a bit of local history, get some fresh air, take some great photos, then Clee is an easy stepping stone to do it all. The bottom provides a car park, and fairly easy climbing is needed to access the top, which takes no more than 10 minutes.
With no more than the company of sheep nibbling on the grass, minding their own business; offers a very secluded and natural location to get out and explore. The views (when clear) are outstanding and have much to offer; for the avid adventure photographer, for the eager explorer.