Tuesday, 26 April 2011

A mini break in Wiltshire

We had been planning a family Easter break away in Wiltshire for some time but other commitments meant we had to shorten it to just two days away, our son wasn't able to join us due to work so it was just the three of us, we even left Poppy and Whisper at home, they are getting to the age now where they need a rest day after a longer walk.

Our main reason for our trip to the area was to tackle the Corton Ring which is the last of the big trails in the area.  So we pencilled that in for the Tuesday but headed down on the Monday to do the North Urchfont Series and Bratton Ring en route to the Travelodge in Warminster.

North Urchfont Series

Crossing the tracks

17 caches + 2 on a 4 mile circular walk

The walk starts in the small rural village of Urchfont which is about 7 miles from Devizes and takes you through very pleasant countryside.  All caches were well hidden but easy to find.  A very enjoyable walk which we completed in 2 hours.

North Urchfont

Bratton Ring

Bratton Ring
11 caches + 2 on a 2.9 mile circular walk

We parked in Bratton which is a small village on the outskirts of Salisbury Plain and then it was a steep climb to the top of Combe Hill where the views were absolutely stunning.  The walk takes you around the top of Combe Hill and then back down via some very interesting steps to the church then back to the car.  A lovely walk with great views all around which took 2 hours to complete.

Bratton Ring

On Monday evening we realised that we were only about 10 or so miles from Dorset so nipped down there for a couple of caches to colour in that county on our UK counties stats map.

Corton Ring

The end of the walk

44 caches + 2 on a 12 mile circular walk (which can be split into two 6 mile walks if preferred)

Tuesday morning we set off fairly early to do the Corton Ring, a very chilly start and very cloudy so we were expecting wet weather but in fact before we were even halfway round the sun was shining, it was a blazing hot day and we were a little over-dressed.

The paths were all well marked and there were no encounters with local livestock.  All the caches were a variety of hides and sizes and easy to find, just the sort of caching we like.

Book Swap

When we arrived back in Corton we walked past this very unusual use of a telephone box, it was the village bookswap, what an excellent idea, our bookworm daughter said she would love something like this near us

A very enjoyable walk which we completed in 7 hours, this included 2 short refreshment breaks.

Corton Ring

Then all too soon it was time to set off home.  A thoroughly enjoyable couple of days of walking and caching!

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