This week we fancied some urban caching for a change.
Our idea was to clear up some DNF’s in Bruntwood Park and nearby, then move over to Stockport and try the new Heritage Trail there, before finishing off the new Sound series caches and, if time permitted, carrying on up the M60 to do more caches.
All started well with the DNF’s although we had to use two PAF’s for the Sticks And Stones one as it’s virtually impossible to find and the co-ords are miles out. The second PAF (the cache owner himself) was able to guide us to somewhere we’d not thought to look and we spotted the cache easily then.
In Stockport, we parked by Lambourghini Manchester and went over to admire the lovely cars through the showroom window. Isaac really enjoyed this part as he’s mad on cars. We then had a lovely walk round the town picking up the new Heritage Trail caches. All were easy finds, but with this kind of cache, it’s more about the location than the hide.
A short drive later and we were at the Visitors Centre in the country park where the Sound series are. We had some soup and sandwiches before setting off on our bikes to bag the new caches that had been placed since we were last here. All nice and easy and a great ride, despite the rain that had just started.
Time was on our side so we set off up the M60 to Failsworth as there is a group of new(ish) caches there that we’ve been meaning to do for ages. More easy find were the order of the day. The one at Hollingsworth station was a nice hide. One of the other caches was in someone’s front garden, which we always struggle with as you never know if you are looking in the right garden or annoying a cacher’s neighbour, rooting around in the wrong garden!
After we’d done these, we still had an hour spare before we needed to set off home so checked Memory Map to see what else was nearby. The new Philips Park ones were not a million miles away and we could do these and then head down Princess Parkway to the M56 and home.
We parked by the (ex?) abattoir on Riverpark Road to do the first one. The building still gives me the creeps as we’re all veggies and the thought of what goes on inside makes me feel ill. Thankfully the cache was a quick find. We then drove round to the other side of the park for the other cache, passing the City Of Manchester stadium, Bang!!!! and the National Velodrome. Isaac absolutely loved the Bang!!!! statue.
We then headed off home, but could not resist a small detour into the sidestreets of Moss Side to do a reccie on the new Manchester’s Most Dangerous caches. The first one was right outside a row of terraced houses! All was quiet as I would imagine everyone was inside having their tea, so we popped out and had a quick find of the sneaky hide. Did not like the second one in the series as much as more people were around (including a few dodgy looking hoodies) so were very thankful for a quick find.
It was then getting very dark so we settled back into the Jeep, put some music on, turned the heating up and headed off home, happy with a great day’s caching.