Saturday, 1 October 2011

Caching near Church Stretton

33 caches plus a bonus on a 6 mile circular walk

Fabulous Views

33 traditional caches and a bonus set on a 6 mile circular walk starting from Wentnor and taking in the hamlets of Norbury and Whitcot.

Yes they are running towards us :-)

Today was the hottest October since records began and didn't we know about it, it certainly was a slog at times with the hills but we took plenty of water with us and had plenty of rest stops.  Thoroughly enjoyable series with fantastic views and some great caches, all easy to find with various sizes and hides.  A lot of thought and effort has gone into setting this series which we completed in about 4 hours.  We didn't have our dogs with us today but we remember passing a few dog proof stiles so bear this in mind if you are taking dogs.

Mooove out of the way!

 Then we headed off to Marshbrook for the second series of the day. 

BEEline to Marshbrook 
19 caches plus a bonus on a 3.6 mile circular walk.

We parked at the outdoor activity centre where we understand permission has been sought to use the parking and toilet facilities which is great. 

Great scenery

We were lacking energy due to the heat but we soon got into it once we tackled the first hill.  Once again great caches and great scenery.  All the caches were easy to find apart from one that we had a DNF on but it was quite close to a private dwelling so we didn't give it as long as we usually would.  Some of the fields had cows/bulls in them but not sure if it's because we didn't have our dogs with us today or they are just  friendlier around here, or maybe it was the heat but we didn't have any bother from them at all and at one of the caches had to pass very close to a herd that were blocking a gate.

Once again a thoroughly enjoyable series which we completed in 2 hours and 20 min and would recommend to anyone that enjoys a good walk in the countryside.

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