The abandoned car graveyard in secret Cheshire forest
An urban explorer documented a bizarre find at an undisclosed location in Cheshire. Urban explorer Daniel Sims, 33, noticed a ‘vast’ number of cars hidden in the woods while driving through rural Cheshire. He went on to investigate the area, finding rare and antique vehicles left in the middle of a forest.
Daniel explores abandoned locations all over the country, including this abandoned 1950s bungalow in Chester, before posting his exploits to his YouTube channel. Daniel, from Huddersfield, described the scene as a ‘car farm’, estimating that there were between 50 and 70 cars lying in the woods on the property – including an old fire engine from the Wrexham area which he estimates to be up to 90 years old. : Why 50 firefighters and many ‘walking wounded’ brought Chester city centre to a stop
Daniel describes his experience at the ‘car farm’ to CheshireLive: “This one’s quite a strange one. It’s in Cheshire, but I won’t give exact details away because it is still owned. I’m driving down the road and then I suddenly noticed, to the right of me, a car hidden in the trees, and I thought: ‘Oh, what’s going on here?'”
More cars appeared in the woods as Daniel drove. He said: “There were about forty or fifty of them there. We carry on a bit further and I started to notice other cars on other pieces of land.
“I said, ‘hang on, we’re going to have to stop and take a look at this because it looks like nobody is around’. We park up, go up this old road with a caravan on it, and we notice these Land Rovers… these have been abandoned for a good ten, fifteen, twenty years it seems – mould on the steering wheel – all open as well. “Suddenly, out of nowhere, we spot this guy working on a car.
Usually, when you see somebody you don’t bother them and don’t intrude, but I decided to go and speak to him.” Daniel asks the man: “Do you work here? What’s going on with all these cars?”
He continues: “They explained to me how they live on the land, and over about thirty or forty years they have collected cars, used them for spare parts, fixed them, and now they’ve got this horde that has accumulated over many decades.
(Image: Daniel Sims/BeardedReality)
“As we’re going through, we’re talking to the guy, I’m explaining what I do, and he was alright for me to go and check the cars out, and he pointed out one of the old Wrexham fire trucks. It had been hidden right at the back. It’s probably from the 30s to the 60s this one.
It’s a proper kitted out old fire truck … it’s pretty amazing, you don’t see them generally nowadays.” Daniel, also known as BeardedReality on Instagram and YouTube, sees urban exploration as a growing interest: “People who do urban exploration… it’s actually quite a big community, or at least not as small as it used to be.” Despite this, Daniel says that this is not a hobby that he would recommend to others: “What I do can be very dangerous.
I don’t recommend it to anybody.
(Image: Daniel Sims/BeardedReality)
“Never go alone and obviously don’t break the law. At the end of the day, it is very dangerous. I’ve been very lucky, but other people I’ve known have injured themselves.
“I’ve one friend who injured themselves; we were exploring together and he fell through a floor which was nearly three floors down – lifted him up, saved him. I see it as more of an extreme sport. It gives me the adrenaline, but again, it’s not a safe hobby.”
The video by Daniel Sims, known as BeardedReality on YouTube and Instagram, can be watched here.