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Walking along a Public Footpath on the way between caches - the grass is long!

Walking along a Public Footpath on the way between caches - the grass is long!

On Sunday Isaac and myself headed for the area to the SW of Birmingham around Catshill and Bromsgrove. This is an area that has a never-ending supply of new caches to find!

We started off with the final Bailey Rangers series which was close to the M5 junction. A nice set of caches in a different environment to their other series, which were more woodlandy (is that a word?). On the way round we bumped into Shortmat. Great to see you both again.

Barriers like this are not going to stop us getting to the cache!

Barriers like this are not going to stop us getting to the cache!

After we’d finished here we headed off for a few urban caches in Catshill. A bit of a mixed bag here as the first one had a broken container and was very soggy. The next one was in a passage between two streets with houses overlooking on both sides and the cache was nowhere to be seen. We soon gave up as it’s not our kind of caching really.

Next, we headed off southwards to do the last Burcot Eight cache, which was muggled when we did the rest of the series but which has now been replaced in a new location. We carried on to do a few caches to the NW of Redditch before hitting the main walk of the day – the Unlucky For Some Series.

Strange cache container - looks like a spray deodorant

Strange cache container - looks like a spray deodorant

This is a series of 13 caches put out by the Webbies to celebrate their son’s 13th birthday. A great walk and some fun caches, especially one about half way round that was a very sneaky hide.

Once we’d finished we did a few more caches near Earlswood before getting back on the M42 and heading home.

A great day out with 40 finds and some fun caches.

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Lovely views over yellow flower filled fields

Lovely views over yellow flower filled fields

On Saturday Isaac could not come caching so I opted for a day caching around West Lancashire on my own. I planned to start off with the Pigsy caches to the east of Skelmersdale and then head off north towards Mawdesley and then see how much time I had left.

I had a fab time caching around the Pigsy caches with some of the best presented caches we’ve seen. All decent sized boxes hidden in nice place. This is how all caches should be! The views over towards Winter Hill from just about every cache were great too!

Moody skies looking over towards Winter Hill

Moody skies looking over towards Winter Hill

Next, I headed off towards Mawdesley as I’d heard the cache outside the Police station in the village was a must do. I won’t say too much about it so as not to spoil it for others, but it was well worth it for the cheeky hide. The others in the area were a bit so, so, but they all count for a smiley and I was having fun exploring areas we’ve been to before but not for a while now.

I still had loads of time left so headed off towards Charnock Richard near Chorley to do a nice circular walk based around military aircraft built in the UK over the last century. I smiled when I saw the name of the road they start on – German Lane ;-). I had a great time on the walk and was really enjoying the lovely peace and quiet and fun caches.

Crossing the mail railway line on the Charnock Richard walk

Crossing the mail railway line on the Charnock Richard walk

Once I’d finished these, I bagged a few more caches to the south of Chorley around Coppull before getting on the M6 heading for home.

On the way down the M6 I stopped to bag various caches near motorway exits that we usually just drive past as we’ve no time to stop. A stop off at Lymm and Keele Services (where I treated myself to a Starbucks as well as a cache) and then a quick one near Junction 15.

67 finds for the day, a fantastic day out and some good caches and walking too.

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On the way round the Shifnal series by bike

On the way round the Shifnal series by bike

On Saturday myself and Isaac decided to head for the By Ecc, An Event! event cache at Copmere, close to Eccleshall. We’d heard there would be 28 caches put out for the event, so just had to find some caches to do in the morning before the event.

A new series just to the SW of Shifnal that had come out during the week looked perfect. Even better, just about the whole route was bikeable! We picked a parking spot by cache #8 and got the bikes out. A great ride round the series and all nice quick finds with good co-ords. On the way round, we caught up with g6lpb (Bob) – great to meet you!

We still had a bit of time before the event started, so we picked off three new caches that had been added to the Lapley Loop on the way.

Once at the event, the caches had already been released and g6lpb, -Ako-, hardy clan and langcliffe45 were hanging back to do the walk with us. Perfect!

With the bonus cache on the new EeeByEck event series

With the bonus cache on the new EeeByEck event series

We had a great walk round the caches in really good company. Most were quick finds, but a few were a bit trickier, but not too tricky.

Back at the event, quite a few people had already gone home as it was about 5:30pm but lots of friends were still there so we enjoyed a good natter with everyone.

On the way home we diverted off to get the last event cache, which was a Multi not too far from the pub. As we pulled up we spotted The Washers, Tizzie and The Haywood Hornet looking for stage 1. We all joined forces and the cache was soon found.

56 finds for the day, perfect caching weather, good caches, a great bike ride, a fab walk and above all great company of other cachers. What a good day out.

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