Sunday, 1 April 2012

A weekend of fun

Quite an action-packed weekend for caching.........


Miss Dadu
We had a text from Dadu 13 on Thursday night asking if we'd like to join them on the new Mwahppets Scooby Doo series, at first it didn't look like we'd be able to as our daughter and her friends needed a lift to a sleepover but after a few phone calls we were able to make other arrangements and the meet up was arranged.

There was a list of equipment we needed to take with us so we gathered it all together and off we went.  I can't say too much about the stages as it would spoil the fun for anyone wanting to do the series but safe to say we all had a great time.The children in the group particularly seemed to enjoy themselves and it was all very exciting.  As is usual for Mwahppet caches a lot of hard work has gone into setting it up.  This was the first time we'd come across a series set out in this way so at first it was a little confusing but we soon got into the swing of it completing the tasks along the way and before long we were at the final.  A really great way to spend a Friday evening. 

Into the dark dark tunnel

We had a few things to fit in around caching this weekend so decided to stay closer to home.

Who's Best
Pretty Primroses

Length of walk - 3.7 miles
Caches - 11 caches

Saturday morning we made an early start and drove over to nearby Welford-on-Avon to do the new 'Who's Best' series by the gnome-ads.  It's a series based on songs by their favourite band 'The Who' which I'm afraid we'll have to agree to differ on whether or not they are the most famous rock band .  The series is set on the footpaths near to Dorsington Manor.

Roberts Wood
We were quite intrigued by the private wood and the land being owned by Felix Dennis so on my return home I looked it up and it says all about the Forest of Dennis project here and on Wikipedia.

Hawthorn in flower

A bit of a nip in the air this morning but still very pleasant for caching.  There is lots of hawthorn in flower now, this is a true sign of spring and as they say in old folklore 'Ne'r cast a clout until may is out' meaning the May flower! 

New Houses

The path along the river is familiar to us as we walked along it back in 2007, just after the floods, we were looking for a suitable location for one of our puzzle caches but as the area had flooded quite badly we couldn't find anywhere suitable.  We were very surprised to see the new houses being built here and couldn't resist a look on the internet to see how much they are going for, sadly way out of our price range, they are in a great position though overlooking the river.

All the caches were very well thought out, with a nice variety of hides and sizes and all easy to find with useful hints.

We were soon at the end of the walk which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Completed the walk in a little under 2 hours.

Then it was on to Honeybourne to do the Cow and Church caches:

 Cow and Church 

Cow Honeybourne Church - Converted into 3 dwellings

Caches - 8 caches
Length of walk - 5.2 miles

The Cow and Church series is set on the paths around Honeybourne village.  Honeybourne was originally two villages - Cow Honeybourne and Church Honeybourne and we think they were amalgamated in 1953.

The series reminded us a bit of how caching used to be when we first started, a decent walk between each cache, a chance to enjoy the surroundings and where you have to use your map to decide which route to take to the next one.  We thoroughly enjoyed the walk.

We completed the walk in 2 hours and 25 mins, this included a 15 minute lunch stop.

Saturday evening we decided to take the dogs for a walk and replace the log sheet in one of our Oversley Trail caches and at the same time take in a local cache that had been published a few days ago.


Wood End

Caches - 10
Length of Walk - 2.2 miles

Across the track

This is a short but very pleasant series set on the footpaths around Wood End near Tanworth in Arden.  All the caches were fairly easy to find with good hints.  The weather was perfect for caching today and the sun shone all day.

We arrived back at the car and there were other cachers just setting off, they introduced themselves as Shortmat, enjoyed a quick chat before they carried on their way.

As we were fairly nearby we decided to go and do Special Ops Tango 3 - Target Practice as we had heard some very good things about it and we have really enjoyed the other caches in the series.  Once again we can't say too much here as it would spoil the fun but just go and do it, it's brilliant fun!

Lovely sunny afternoon

Max's Spooky Series

Length of walk - 1.5 miles
Number of caches - 6

Then to round off the day we decided to finish off with the Max's Spooky series that we'd started on Friday night.   A very pleasant short walk in the afternoon sunshine along the canal and then back across the fields towards the church.  Lots of newborn lambs in the field.

Wheesh!  That was the weekend........ it's just flown by......

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