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The River Douglas, by my favourite cache of the Croston series

The River Douglas, by my favourite cache of the Croston series

On Saturday I had planned a trip to Lancashire to do the Croston Circular series, which is a set of 31 caches on a circular walk of 10 miles around the village of Croston. On the way round you pass several other caches, a few of which we have yet to find.

If I have time when I’ve finished I’ll then go on to the R.A.T. series by the Ribble embankment and then see about a few drive-by’s on the way back to the motorway and home. Isaac was at school this morning and out at a party on Sunday so it will just be me caching this weekend :-(.

Vents from an underground landfill site - looks a bit like an oil well!

Vents from an underground landfill site - looks a bit like an oil well!

I parked up in Croston near to a pub we’d been to an event at ages ago and set off on my walk. I’d not really looked at the numbering on the caches but I soon realised I was doing the series in reverse. Oh well, not a great problem and on the upside it will mean I might get to bump into other cachers out doing the series in the correct order :-).

Crossing the railway on the Croston walk

Crossing the railway on the Croston walk

The caches were all nice easy finds and the main thing of note on the first half of the walk was bumping into duncscott. We stopped for a quick chat and to compare notes on the caches we’d done on our respective sections of the trail.

Leafy lane about half way round the Croston walk

Leafy lane about half way round the Croston walk

Later on I diverted off the walk to do a stand alone cache at Bank Hall near Tarleton. Back on the trail and a few caches later I bumped into some cachers from Yorkshire called Peteranddi. Just after I left them I went past three people who could have been cachers but I could not see them with a GPSr so did not stop to chat. It turned out to be lwilson1983.

Walking the VERY flat area to the SW of Croston. It looks like you could be on the fens here.

Walking the VERY flat area to the SW of Croston. It looks like you could be on the fens here.

As I neared Croston on the last part of the walk I could hear the bells in the village church ringing out for what was obviously a wedding. A bit later on the route took me through the churchyard and I got to see two lovely old wedding cars parked up, while their occupants were inside the church saying their vows.

Wedding cars outside Croston church

Wedding cars outside Croston church

Once back at the Jeep I realised I had tons of time left, having done the circuit in about 4 hours. I thus headed off for the Linedancer’s R.A.T. series, which was only a few miles away. On the way I picked up a quick drive-by at a roundabout on a main road.

Lovely weir near to one of the caches

Lovely weir near to one of the caches

The R.A.T. series was a great walk and had some fab caches which were really fun to find. I won’t say any more here so as not to spoil it for anyone who has not yet done the caches, but suffice to say Isaac would have loved them if he was with me today.

Views from the Ribble embankment on the R.A.T. series walk

Views from the Ribble embankment on the R.A.T. series walk

After I’d finished this series I still had a spare hour or so so I decided to see how many drive-by’s and cache and dashes I could get between where I was and the M6 near Leyland. The answer was quite a few :-).

Roadside flowers on the R.A.T. series walk

Roadside flowers on the R.A.T. series walk

The main one of note was by this field with two horses in. I grabbed the cache and the two horses came over to say hello. Then lots of dog walkers and pram-pushers appeared out of nowhere and stopped to pet the horses. I ended up having to take the cache with me to the next cache and popping it back when the coast was clear on the way back!

The friendly horses. One of them almost has it's chin on the cache hiding place

The friendly horses. One of them almost has it's chin on the cache hiding place

I ended up the day with a monster 56 finds and about 15 miles or so walked. The weather was great all day which made for a near perfect caching day out :-).

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