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Puzzle caching on the Wirral

Old windmill turned into a house in Willaston

Old windmill turned into a house in Willaston

We’d enjoyed our caching on the Wirral last weekend so decided to come back this weekend to clear up some of the caches that we had left to do in the area. Last week we concentrated on the west side of the peninsula so this week we opted to cache along the east side. This side has lots of puzzle caches, but thankfully we had the co-ords for them all worked out.

On the walk round the Willaston caches

On the walk round the Willaston caches

The first area for the day was around the village of Willaston. There is a nice looking circular walk along with a bonus cache and also various other stand alone caches along the way. All were nice quick finds with nothing too taxing. The walk to the bonus cache was familiar as we’ve done a multi in the same area ages ago.

A preserved railway station now part of the Wirral Country Park

A preserved railway station now part of the Wirral Country Park

Next, we headed off northwards for the first puzzle caches of the day. The first was actually a multi as we had to get some numbers from a post, put them into a formula and then work out the final cache location.  All nice and easy and we soon had the cache found. We then did a quick stand alone cache in the Wirral FTF series on the way to the next puzzle cache.

Lovely flowers near to one of the caches

Lovely flowers near to one of the caches

The next puzzle cache is one that is actually at the published co-ordinates but there is a tricky wooded puzzle in the cache that you have to solve and then post a picture of you holding it with your log. As we pulled up we could see someone sat in their car nearby and wondered if it was another cacher. Sure enough it was wirralwanderers and they already had the puzzle and were trying to put it together. We pooled our thoughts and soon had it solved.

Isaac with the puzzle from the puzzle cache (in the rain!)

Isaac with the puzzle from the puzzle cache (in the rain!)

A couple of caches later, I was furtling in some ivy looking for a cache when another car pulled up. It was The Molecachers, who were just returning the cache after signing the log in their car down the road. Great to meet you all.

In lovely Port Sunlight

In lovely Port Sunlight

We then headed off to make a start on the main puzzle cache series – the Geneaology Series. This is a set of 8 tricky puzzle caches, based around doing research on family trees. I won’t say too much about the locations on here as I don’t want to make things too easy for other cachers. I will say that we enjoyed finding each cache, with some of them very close to great views along the River Mersey and over to Liverpool city centre itself.

Looking out along the River Mersey to Liverpool city centre and the Irish Sea

Looking out along the River Mersey to Liverpool city centre and the Irish Sea

While we were doing this series we picked up various stand alone caches including one with a really nicely engineered hide that is in plain view but totally blends in.

One of the Bromborough Crosses in a churchyard near to a cache

One of the Bromborough Crosses in a churchyard near to a cache

Time was getting on by now so we decided to head off and find the last puzzle cache series of the day: a set of three caches set around Eastham Country Park. We’ve been here a few times caching now and always enjoy coming as it’s a lovely place for caching. The three caches are actually two caches, leading to a bonus cache. The first cache has a key to unlock the lock on the bonus ammo box and the second contains the actual co-ords of the bonus cache.

Looking out along the River Mersey towards Runcorn

Looking out along the River Mersey towards Runcorn

Nothing too taxing with this series either. We even managed an easy find on the co-ordinate cache as that one is in an area usually with muggles everywhere. We picked a rainy Sunday afternoon when the World Cup is on TV so the area was really quiet.

38 finds for the day and another great day out, despite the constant rain all afternoon.

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Love these old style Public Footpath signs they have on the Wirral

Love these old style Public Footpath signs they have on the Wirral

Isaac is busy revising for exams at school this week (what a fun school holiday for him – not!) so we decided a day out caching might be the perfect break from this. Where to go though as Isaac wanted to cache in the North West, but we’ve already done a lot of the caches in the area?

North Cheshire Way? A sign right by one of the Skeg to Ness caches

North Cheshire Way? A sign right by one of the Skeg to Ness caches

A quick scour of cache locations on Memory Map led us to a return trip to the Wirral. We’ve not cached there for just over a year, in which time lots of new caches have come out in the area. There was a time when we’d nearly cleared the Wirral of caches, but not any more :-).

A cow, watching us sign the logbook at a cache

A cow, watching us sign the logbook at a cache

On the way to the Wirral we stopped for a few quick caches around the A41 on the east side of Chester. Nothing too taxing here, apart from a few nettles to contend with and a nano that had lost it’s magnet.

Funny sign in a front garden we passed - "Never mind the dog, beware of the owner!"

Funny sign in a front garden we passed - "Never mind the dog, beware of the owner!"

Once north of Chester, we opted to finish off the few Skeg To Ness caches (no’s 202-207) we’d left out when we did the rest of the series a few weeks ago. Along the way there were quite a few other caches to find. At Come on Down we bumped into a very new cacher as we were about to walk over to look for the cache. Nice to meet you mpl003 :-).

Isaac with the cache. We finally finish the Skeg to Ness series with #207.

Isaac with the cache. We finally finish the Skeg to Ness series with #207.

Once we’d finished this set of caches, we were at the lovely village / town of Neston. Here there is a nice trail of caches which go in a loop over fields and back along the sea front, with a further section of the walk along an old railway track that is now a cycleway. Sounds like a perfect excuse to get the bikes out – so we did!

Cycling down the great cycleway round a series at Parkgate

Cycling down the great cycleway round a series at Parkgate

After finding the bonus cache on the last series, we headed off further up the coast to Heswall for a few quick caches. Again, nothing too taxing here – even the cache outside another cacher’s house was out of sight of the house, so we did not get spotted.

Boats on the silted up Dee Estuary at Heswall

Boats on the silted up Dee Estuary at Heswall

You can’t come to the Wirral without doing some PhilPamAndRob caches – especially their excellent “old school” puzzle caches in which nothing is ever quite as simple as it first seems. We’d not done any of their caches yet today, but there was a group of them nearby at Royden Park. Off we set…

Lovely old stile on the way to a cache

Lovely old stile on the way to a cache

We got distracted at first by some caches around a circular walk that have been set by some local Cub Scouts. All of these were quick finds with pretty good co-ords and in nice spots.

Looking from GZ towards the Dee Estuary, Irish Sea and Wales (middle left of picture)

Looking from GZ towards the Dee Estuary, Irish Sea and Wales (middle left of picture)

Along the way somewhere (I won’t say where and won’t say if we diverted off the route to get it as I don’t want to give anything away) we stopped to finally find PhilPamAndRob’s excellent A “One-Off” cache. We’d actually started this tricky little puzzle on our visit to the area last year and after a further twist sometime earlier in the day today, we had the final co-ords for the cache. The actual cache was a lot easier to find than the puzzle was to solve, but very satisfying nonetheless :-).

Beautiful old church at Thurstaston

Beautiful old church at Thurstaston

Next it was into Royden Park itself for PhilPamAndRob’s Easter themed series. This is a set of 4 Traditional caches, which give you the co-ords to a bonus cache. All were nice quick finds and we soon had the bonus cache in hand. On the way round we stopped off to get their Wirral Advent Calendar puzzle cache.

You can see Royden Hall through the trees on the way round the Easter Egg series

You can see Royden Hall through the trees on the way round the Easter Egg series

By now, time was getting on but we had 44 finds and wondered if we could get this up to 50. Daft question really as there are tons more caches around here, so off we set…

We love caching in woodland like this - so tranquil

We love caching in woodland like this - so tranquil

The next two caches were DNF’s – why is it when you need a few more finds, they suddenly get really hard to find? We decided to stop trying so hard, relax and just go with the flow. This normally works really well and we find caches without really thinking about it, whereas if we try too hard we keep DNF’ing caches!

National Trust - Local Nature Reserve. The caches were in woodland adjoining this area.

National Trust - Local Nature Reserve. The caches were in woodland adjoining this area.

Needless to say we soon had over 50 caches found for the day, including clearing up 3 DNF’s in the Bidston Hill area from our visit last year. It’s always very satisfying clearing up DNF’s like this :-).

An almost yellow field with hundreds of buttercups

An almost yellow field with hundreds of buttercups

We REALLY must be thinking about going home now as we are getting hungry, but not before 3 last caches just to the south of Chester.

Looking along the Shropshire Union Canal near Chester on the way to the penultimate cache of the day

Looking along the Shropshire Union Canal near Chester on the way to the penultimate cache of the day

We ended the day with 56 finds and were back for a late tea, so made pretty good progress throughout the day as we did not start off early. Isaac’s mind was totally off his exams so the main objective of the day was achieved too :-).

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