17 caches + a bonus and 1 extra on the trail
6 mile circular walk
We'd been keeping an eye on the weather forecast for the last couple of days and hoped that they'd got it wrong for today. We set off from home about 07:30 and arrived at the suggested parking at Blithfield Reservoir at 08:45. The skies were looking very overcast and the wind was very blustery, keen to get going before the rain started we set off straight away. There were numerous boats on the reservoir, presumably anglers, are they mad??
We'd got about half way and it started drizzling with rain then when we had about a mile to go it turned to a heavy shower so we quickened our pace. There were lots of stiles, but luckily none of them dog-proof. Great views of the reservoir along the route and all caches were easy to find with good hints.
An enjoyable walk which we completed in 2¾ hours. We were glad to get back to the car as we were quite wet.
The bonus was a short drive away in a really interesting location which I won't say too much about here, as we don't want to spoil it for others but I will say that it's a really pity it wasn't open as we love exploring this type of thing.
We'd planned another walk but as the weather was so awful we decided to pick up a few shorter walks and drive-bys before heading home much earlier than planned.
We found a few of the Constellation caches but not enough to collect the bonus information and we were also keen to find The Haywood Hornet's Joy Jar cache. The J.J. Joy Jar caches were a series of caches set by some of the attendees of the January Jovialities event back in 2009 using special little 'Joy Jars' that were handed out at the event. J.J. Joy Jar - "Haywood Hornet Chirps has been set using two Chirps. To find the cache you need a Chirp compatible Garmin GPS and then go to two separate locations before going for the final. This is the second of this type we've done and it will be interesting to see how Chirp enabled caches evolve over time.
Hope to be back in the area soon, hopefully on a drier day!