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Looking down the canal on the Shep's Walk series

Looking down the canal on the Shep's Walk series

Ooops – I nearly forgot to write about this one…

The day before our holiday I had to pick up a computer from the Apple repairer’s in Stoke so decided to do some of the many caches that have come out recently while I was there. This was mainly cannonedwards’ Oranges series around Lyme Valley Park but also Shep’s Dog Walk series near to M6 J15. Along the way there were a few stand-alone caches.

Looking down into Lyme Valley Park from GZ at one of the Oranges caches

Looking down into Lyme Valley Park from GZ at one of the Oranges caches

I picked up a quick cannonedwards Puzzle cache (link) on the way into Newcastle and a nearby Traditional before going straight to pick up the Mac. After that I did a few quick and easy caches on my way back down towards Newcastle and the Oranges series. Nothing too taxing here.

A cricket match in full play, next to Lyme Valley Park

A cricket match in full play, next to Lyme Valley Park

Once in Newcastle, I parked the Jeep at a nearby Homebase store and set off on foot for the Oranges series. This is a set of 6 or so caches around the really nice Lyme Valley Park. We’ve been here for other (now archived) caches so knew our way round and the caches were all quick easy finds, with just one DNF on a cache that was missing. Some fun hides on some of them too, which is always appreciated.

Love this public art over the River Trent on the Shep's Walk

Love this public art over the River Trent on the Shep's Walk

Next, I headed over to just south of M6 J15 for the Shep’s Walk series. This is a set of 11 caches set around a local cacher’s dog walking route, including sections along a canal, along the River Trent and through some more urban housing areas. I had a great walk round all the caches and found them all without too much trouble.

The Britannia Stadium - home of Stoke City FC. Seen from the canal on the Shep's Walk series.

The Britannia Stadium - home of Stoke City FC. Seen from the canal on the Shep's Walk series.

After I was finished, I still had an hour left so decided to head up towards Keele University to try for some of the new caches there. As usual when I go here, I could not find anywhere to park as you seem to need student permits to park without getting your car towed away. In the end I opted to drive the Jeep down a Byway by the M6 and come into Keele Woods for the two caches there from that direction.

A lovely pool in the middle of Keele woods

A lovely pool in the middle of Keele woods

I had great fun bumping my way along the pot-holed Byway and parked up by a handy entrance to the woods. A nice walk through the lovely woods then took me to the first cache. As I approached, it was clear two other cachers were there already looking for the cache. It was the Water-Rats – great to meet you both.

We did this and the next cache toegether before parting and I then headed home to pack my bag for our holiday tomorrow.

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Isaac with a cache near to Stoke On Trent

Isaac with a cache near to Stoke On Trent

We don’t usually do much caching in the week but with the school holidays on, we inevitably end up finding a few.

4th August 2010

Isaac and Mrs Bolas Heathens had a few errands to run in Stafford and Stoke, so stopped off to find a quick three caches. Not much to report from what I hear apart from 3 easy finds.

5th August 2010

I had an hour spare just after dinner so decided to head out and pick off our closest cache to home – a cache by RAF Tern Hill, an active airfield and army barracks. I was a bit apprehensive about the cache given it’s proximity to MOD land and the very real risk of armed guards wondering what the heck I was up to. Thankfully it was an easy find, but it was (just about) on MOD land which is not allowed. I see now a Reviewer has archived the cache, which all things considered is very much the right thing to do. The last thing we want is our hobby coming under scrutiny for all the wrong reasons.

Me with one of the caches in Whitchurch

Me with one of the caches in Whitchurch

I was enjoying myself so decided to head off to Whitchurch to clear up the (quite a) few new caches that had spriung up recently in the area. On the way I picked up a straggler cache near Malpas in Cheshire that we’d been meaning to do for ages.

Not much to report on the Whitchurch caches apart from lots of very tricky and camo’d micros in ivy (not our favourite type of find at all). Two of them do stand out though as they were decent sized boxes full of decent swaps and hidden in nice locations.

Our FTF in a very dark Warrington

Our FTF in a very dark Warrington

I’d been working on a puzzle cache called Blank Canvas just to the south of Warrington on and off for the last few days and just after tea today I had a flash of inspiration on the final part of the puzzle and the cache co-ords were then revealed. I’d not normally drive just over an hour for FTF but given how many people are currently working on the same puzzle, I could not resist.

A quick call to Allun from the Shropshire Seeekers to see if he wanted to tag along and we were on our way. By the time we had arrived it was dark, so out came the torches for the walk over the fields to GZ. The cache was an easy find and we were delighted to see we were FTF :-).

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Isaac with the cache

We had to pop into Stoke this morning to drop off a computer to be repaired at the Apple Authorised Repair Centre in Chesterton so decided to go and find the two nearest caches while we were in the area as they were not far off our route.

After dropping off the faulty Mac, myself and Isaac headed off to Bradwell and a cache in some woods not too far from Newcastle Crematorium. As we got out of the Jeep near the crem there was this strange burnt rubber smell. Isaac asked if this was coming from the crem! I’ve no idea to be honest and it’s not the kind of thing I’d like to be thinking about :-(.

Anyway, the cache was a short distamce down the bank in some woods, with the sound of cars whizzing past on the A500 below. Isaac soon spotted it while I was searching nearby.

Last on the list was a cache close to Keele University called Mochileros 100. We parked up and after some initial confusion over where the PF starts, we were soon on the right track and at GZ. We found the cache in the second hint item we looked at.

Now back home for some sandwiches.

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