Saturday, 30 April 2011

Shifnal, Telford and Stourbridge

Shifnal Butts Walk, Manor Walk and Lodge Hill Walk

21 + 7 caches - 6 mile walk

We woke up to another beautiful sunny morning so really looking forward to a good walk .  Our son Steve (aka drempels) had asked if he could come along with us today (anything to get out of revising ), I was really pleased as it's not often we all go out caching together these days.

Decided to start the day off with this new series in the small market town of Shifnal, which is situated about 3 miles East of Telford.

We parked at the co-op which has free parking all day and set off, starting at  #6, then we were soon out into countryside.  An enjoyable walk, all caches were fairly easy to find with good co-ords.

We met cachers Spekey and Anniepeg on our way round and bumped into them a couple of times after that too, towards the end of the walk we bumped into BrilloBrigade, it's always great to meet new people out caching.

Towards the end of the walk it got a little confusing, some of the routes weren't obvious on the map and we probably ended up walking further than we needed to but we got there in the end and after 3 hours we were back at the car for our lunch.


View from 'Telford Town Park'

Then it was off to Telford.  A few weeks back a new series had come up - Goosey's Trail and Wild Goosey series, we had read mixed reports on whether the series was bikeable so thought we'd go and reccy the area for suitability ready for our return another day.  We plotted a short circular walk of 2 miles and found 10 caches.  We have to say that the park is very pleasant to walk in and is very popular with dog walkers and families and looks great for cycling.  A lot of the caches were very well hidden and took quite some searching and were hidden well off the main paths, we can appreciate that a lot of thought and expense has gone into setting this series all with great containers.  Part of the walk takes you very close to Wonderland a theme park aimed at young children, you can see dinosaurs and gnomes sitting in the trees as you walk by.  We completed this part in about 2 hours then everyone was getting hungry so we headed off to McDs for a well earnt cachers tea.

Arboreal Adventures

On our way home we stopped off at Bunkers Hill Wood near Stourbridge to do the Arboreal Adventures caches, our son wasn't able to join us on our last visit so was really keen for a spot of tree climbing to round off the day.  All the Arboreal Adventures caches we'd done previously had been archived and republished so we decided this time, for the ones that required climbing or anything else extreme, Steve could find and retrieve the caches.

Eeek a bull!

A thoroughly enjoyable walk around Bunkers Hill Wood until the sun went down then it was home. A great way to finish off a fantastic family day out.

The end of a great day!

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