After an excellent evening watching Kiss at the Sheffield Arena last night, Isaac and myself planned to cache our way over to the 10 Years! Manchester, UK event which was due to be held in Manchester city centre.
The only cache left between us and the M1 was a called called Phoenix, set by this huge state of a phoenix. Try as we might we could not spot the nano so reluctantly gave up and headed northwards on the M1 instead.
I’ve done the Woodhead Pass drive between Sheffield and Manchester many times in the past and was telling Isaac it should be really nice, with lots of great Peak District views along the way. We’d run a caches along a route Pocket Query last night so had a selection of caches to think about stopping for.
Time was a bit tight, so we just stuck to the drive-by’s and cache and dashes, although we’d have loved to go for a longer walk on the moors in this stunning, yet desolate scenery.
As we were coming down off the tops on the Manchester side we stopped to clear up a DNF from ages ago at Tintwistle. It took us a few moments to find the cache but what a fantastic hide. If you’ve not done it already, get over to Arnfield Lane – Benchmark – you won’t be disappointed.
The next cache was also a really nice one as it it set not far from where the famous painter L.S. Lowry used to live and in a little park area with a statue of Lowry sat on a bench sketching. See the photo below – we even managed to get him to draw a picture on the cache log ;-).
Once in the city centre we walked over to where the Shambles used to be and the pub that the event was at. We had a great time at the event meeting lots of old friends and quite a few newer cachers we’d not yet met but seen in many a logbook.
On the way home after the event we picked off the nearest two caches as they were (sort of ;-)) on the way.
Once home, we had a lovely Sunday roast dinner before I met up with Allun from the Shropshire Seekers to drive up to the 10 Years! Christleton, Chester, UK event. On the way we picked up two caches that had been set for the event and another cache that was very close to the pub.
Another excellent and well organised event followed. We had a great time and hope to start coming back to the regular events that are held at this pub. It’s been way too long since we went to the last one!
Not a great day in terms of numbers with only 13 finds, but two of them had unique 10 Years! icons and were really good fun. A great day out :-).