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Caching around Leek

Looking down on Tittesworth Reservoir and the area we'd been caching in earlier in the day from the top of the Roaches.

Looking down on Tittesworth Reservoir and the area we'd been caching in earlier in the day from the top of the Roaches.

We could not decide where to go caching this weekend, so after a good look at our unfound caches on Memory Map, we settled on a trip to Leek as there seemed to be tons of caches there to find. There has been a circular walk just north of the town along the Staffordshire Moorlands Walk (SMW) for quite a while now and we’ve been meaning to do it for ages, but wanted some other caches to fill the rest of the day with. Now was our chance…

Love the reflections in the pond in the park at the start of the SMW walk

Love the reflections in the pond in the park at the start of the SMW walk

We parked up as suggested at the Leisure Centre at the start of the SMW series and headed off on foot. Along the way we picked up two other caches in the park before heading out to a lane and then onwards up a hill over farmland. At the top we were treated to some great 360 degree views with the Roaches, Shutlingsloe and the town of Leek being the main things of interest.

Simply stunning countryside. What a great place for caches and a really nice walk!

Simply stunning countryside. What a great place for caches and a really nice walk!

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The trail then lead us down towards Tittesworth Rerservoir (isn’t this where the Top Gear crew filmed that daft challenge where they had to convert cars into boats and sail them?). There is another series of 5 caches round the reservoir, so we picked up 3 of them at this stage and opted to do the remaining 2 later in the day.

Lone tree at the high point in the SMW walk

Lone tree at the high point in the SMW walk

Once back at the Jeep, we decided to head off for some urban caches around Leek. We opted for an anti-clockwise circular route around the suburbs and don’t really have a lot to add about the caches ;-).

Shutlingsloe in the distance

Shutlingsloe in the distance

Once we’d had enough of the urban caches (and had almost run out of ones to do anyway), we headed off to the top end of Tittesworth Rerservoir for the remaining two caches in that series, plus another stand-alone cache which we were passing on the way.

It's a Long Walk ;-)

It's a Long Walk ;-)

To finish the day on a proper note, we decided to head up into the Peak District (we were on the border of it anyway by now) and have a walk along the Roaches, taking in the caches along there including Staffordshire’s Highest Cache. After the urban caching, this proved to be just what we needed and we had a really fun couple of hours enjoying the amazing views, watching the (many) rock climbers and finding the caches.

Isaac at the Rockall Cottage cache, with Hen Cloud in the background

Isaac at the Rockall Cottage cache, with Hen Cloud in the background

After we’d got back to the Jeep we decided to stop for 3 quick caches to the west of Stoke on Trent before picking off a cache near home that was published last night.

Views over Tittesworth Reservoir from the dam

Views over Tittesworth Reservoir from the dam

42 finds for the day and a lovely varied days’ caching with great weather all day. Great stuff :-).

Panoramic views from the trigpoint on the Roaches

Panoramic views from the trigpoint on the Roaches

Here is a link to the Everytrail plot of our route.

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Newly born lambs near to a cache

Newly born lambs near to a cache

While we were stuck in Florida last week we’d seen a new set of 18 caches come out in Beckbury, not far from the caches we’d enjoyed in Badger a few weeks ago. I could not resist heading for these on Saturday as it’s a beautiful area for walking.

I dropped Isaac off at school and headed off to Beckbury. The caches are spread out all over the area and not on an obvious walk so I decided to park up right in the middle of them and see how I got on. Just as I was getting my gear ready a guy came down the road holding a GPSr. It was andycpuk – great to meet you :-).

On the way to one of the caches

On the way to one of the caches

Andy had nearly finished the series and only had 3 caches left to find. I decided to head off with him for these three caches and then carry on from there. A plan which worked really well!

After I’d said my goodbye’s to Andy at the third cache I carried on, opting to make a loop out of the first set of caches and return to the Jeep to re-position it for some more of the series down the road. The walk was absolutely beautiful with a bit of terrain, some woods, some open fields, a stream or two and LOTS of wildlife to see. My kind of caching in a nutshell :-).

Lovely old bridge near to one of the caches

Lovely old bridge near to one of the caches

The only thing really of note was on a cache by the River Worfe. I had just started to sign the log when a guy came out of a nearby garage and shouted over “what are you doing there”. Ooops – I’d been well and truly muggled! I explained about caching to him and said he might see a few more people over the next few days as it was a new series. He seemed ok with this thankfully.

At the last cache in the series I spotted some other cachers had found it today so texted them to see where they were up to. We arranged to meet by the road in Badger as I was driving through on my way to Bridgnorth. Great to meet you all – [monki], unowho67, Lime Candy and Blue Nora! We had a quick chat before continuing on our respective ways.

Sandstone cliff in the woods

Sandstone cliff in the woods

The next two caches were replacements for an old multi that used the same walk and was one I’d got a FTF on when it initially came out. Needless to say the walk was every bit as lovely as I remembered it and the caches were great too.

Next on the list is a cache hidden down a Byway Open To All Traffic just south of Bridgnorth. The cache page says to say in your log whether you did the cache on foot or in a 4×4. I’d met the cache owner at a recent event and promised him I’d do it in the Jeep as every finder so far had walked it.

Driving down the Byway to the cache

Driving down the Byway to the cache

I parked the Jeep on the narrow Byway by GZ and had just got out to look for the cache when two other Jeep Wrangler’s came down the lane. I spoke to the first driver and asked if he was ok waiting a moment while I found the cache. No problem he said, but with pressure to find it quickly I just could not spot the cache and gave up the hunt.

I thus carried on down the Byway, round the block and back again down the Byway, hoping it would be quieter this time. It was and I soon spotted the cache – in a place I’d not looked earlier – doh!

Open parkland near the River Worfe

Open parkland near the River Worfe

I then ticked off a nice micro in some lovely countryside, followed by a wander round Low Town at Bridgnorth doing a multi cache we’ve been meaning to do ever since it came out. A fab location for the final cache here too!

There was still a bit of time left so I decided to head off nearer to home and try and find some of the newer caches in the area. On the way I stopped at ASDA in Donnington for an awful cache which I soon gave up on as there was litter everywhere and it was just plain horrible to look for.

It's this way to the next cache

It's this way to the next cache

The rest of the caches were easy enough, with some more nice countryside walks and great scenery / views. I even had the pleasure of walking along the side of a field full of newly born lambs and their protective mothers :-).

Later on in the evening, 3 new caches came out in Gnosall so off I headed to find them. I had not dashed out so was not surprised to miss the FTF. I bumped into Allun from the Shropshire Seekers at the second one and stopped for a good while catching up with each other.

My route round the cache for the day

My route round the caches for the day

Last cache of the day was near Bishops Wood and handily placed as I was due to pick the children up from a party at the Village Hall there.

30 caches in total, which I was really pleased about as I’d not intended to go out and find that many today.

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Lovely pond near one of the caches I found

I was going to have a day doing non-caching things on Saturday and save caching for a full day out on Sunday.

Just after dinner I started to wonder about popping out to clear up a multi cache that has been sat at the very top of our closest to home not founds for too long. We’re not great fans of multi’s but it was making the map look untidy so off I set. I had a nice walk around Woodseaves getting the clues and a short walk to the final cache location for an easy find.

After I’d finished, I was pondering a trip towards Stafford to do the other multi we’ve been putting off doing near Seighford. It was only 6 miles or so away so off I set. This one was a micro leading to a final box and easy enough, with a nice walk thrown in for good measure.

Misty views over Staffordshire

By this time I was enjoying myself and wanted to go and find more caches. The only problem being we’ve done virtually all of them in the area. The nearest was at Sandon, the other side of Stafford.

Off I set and was soon parking up at the church the cache was set near. As I got out of the Jeep I spotted some other cachers a short distance away and decided to pop down to get the cache (100ft away) and then go back to say hello to them. The cache was a quick find but when I returned to the parking, the cachers were not there as they had already set off on their walk – doh! I think it was milly’s marauders, based on the names in the cache logbook. Great to nearly meet you anyway ;-).

Next, I headed up through Stone to a couple of quick drive-by’s, including one at Stoke Rugby Club which was nowhere to be seen the last time I’d tried to find it. This time it was much easier – in fact the cache was just sat there in plain view under a conifer.

The Stoke Rugby Club cache

Last of the quick trip out was a new cache in the south end of Stoke. It was a .3 walk up an old road that is now closed off to vehicles. Another nice easy find was had here, with the only thing to note a dodgy looking lone bloke lurking by the side of the path towards where I’d parked. I’ve no idea what he was up to but he looked very dodgy. I did wonder if this is what I must look like when I’m out caching and waiting for muggles to go past GZ before I can find a cache. Probably :-(.

7 finds and quite a bit of driving, but at least the local multi’s are now done :-).

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