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 :-).
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 :-).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.