On Christmas Eve we walked up to Rivington Pike, it was a lovely sunny day and the views were fantastic.
Before Christmas dinner we headed up to the Forest of Bowland and enjoyed a very foggy walk from Victoria Tower, Quernmore on Hare Appletree Fell.
After Christmas we'd planned to get away in the camper-van for a few days as we didn't need to be back at work until the New Year.
Thursday - First of all we needed to head down to Alcester to visit family. Whilst we were there we did a spot of maintenance on a couple of caches in the area. We've archived a lot of our caches when we moved but have been trying to keep a few of them going. Then we headed up to Sheffield to drop our daughter off before continuing on towards Norfolk.
Our main focus for the trip was to do the new virtuals, Wherigos and LQs.
First stop was a virtual in a place called Digby. An old village lock up. It was dark by the time we arrived but it didn't matter, we were still able get a photo.
|GC7B82J The Village Lock Up|
As there were so many caches to choose from on our route we decided to just stop off and find Church Micros if they were nearby.
On Friday we enjoyed a wander around West Lynn to play West Lynn ferry walkabout Wherigo.
|Church Micro 11126... West Lynn|
|View of Kings Lynn from West Lynn|
The days are so short at the moment that it makes fitting everything in to daylight hours quite difficult, so by the time we reached Sandringham the sun was setting and we had to have a very brisk walk around the Sculpture Park to do the virtual.
Saturday morning our first stop was Wells-next-the-Sea to do the virtual. This is our first visit here and we loved it, although judging by the size of the car park it probably gets very crowded at peak times.
Next stop was Burgh Castle Wherigo. This was an unexpected little gem. We'd never heard of Burgh Castle before this Wherigo.
The late 3rd century 'Saxon Shore' fort at Burgh Castle was built as part of the Roman network of coastal defences, it was probably abandoned just over a hundred years later. Three of the imposing stone walls survive today, almost to their original height. This is one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Britain. The fourth wall collapsed into the surrounding marshes a long time ago.
|Church Micro 9121...Burgh Castle|
There are about 185 surviving examples in the country. According to the cache listing for the Church Micro at Burgh Castle there are 124 are in Norfolk, 38 in Suffolk, 6 in Essex, 3 in Sussex and 2 each in Cambridgeshire and Berkshire.
|Church Micro 7644...Belton|
Then we drove to Somerleyton to do the new virtual at the Hovercraft memorial column. This is a great place to have a virtual.
Southwold Pier has quite an interesting history. It was built in 1900 and was originally 810 ft long. It was built as a landing stage for the Belle steamships that travelled from London Bridge. It's hard to believe now but until the early 1930s most holidaymakers travelled by sea and Southwold was a popular destination. Over the years, as the roads improved the steamships lost business and Belle bought coaches instead.
|The Pier Water Clock|
In 1934 the T-shaped landing stage was swept away by a storm and was never replaced. At the outbreak of World War II engineers exploded a section of the Pier to prevent a German landing. A further section was destroyed by a drifting sea mine in 1941. In 1979 another storm reduced the length to just 60ft.
Various other changes occurred to the pier over time and in 1987 it was privately bought and by 2001 the pier was now at its current length of 623 feet.
It was sold again in 2005 and became a family run business by Stephan and Antonia Bournes and in 2013 was sold to Gough Hotels who continue to make improvements.
We came out just in time to see the sun setting.
We regularly see wild animals when out and about, it's very hard to capture them as they move so fast, quite often we are lucky enough to capture them on our dashcam - the wild boar was posted on a previous blog. Here is a short clip of a small deer we saw down a country lane.
Sunday morning we were up bright and early ready to explore Norwich. Another first for us as we'd never been to Norwich before.
Luckily we found free parking so enjoyed wandering around for a few hours finding caches.
|Looks like a belly|
As we approached this sculpture I thought straight away it looked like a belly, apparently that's what a lot of other people think too. It was created by Bernard Meadows and is entitled Public Sculpture. It was commissioned for the Easter Daily Press in 1968 and was installed outside Prospect House in Norwich in 1970. We couldn't decide if we liked it or not 😀
After this we headed to LQ: Suffolk and by the time we got there, you guessed it, it was dark. A bit of a rummage and we soon located the cache.
Unfortunately a wedding was due to take place on the day of our visit so we were unable to go inside.
After this we drove around the other side of the reservoir to The Great Tower virtual before starting the long journey home.
It was a really fun trip and we were really lucky with the weather, it was very mild every day and it didn't rain once. We'll be returning to Norfolk, preferably when there's more daylight.