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Lytham windmill

We’d put off our usual Saturday caching day out as Saturday was Boxing Day. By Sunday morning we were dying to get out and walk some of the Christmas excesses off. I’d seen the huge number of caches in the Kirkham area last week so suggested to Isaac that we head that way and see where we end up.

We got off the M55 at J3 and headed a short distance north for the first three caches, down a very icy and slippery lane. All were nice easy finds, with two of them just sat there with no covering on them at all. We tried to leave them a bit better covered up but there was not a lot to work with.

Wintery views towards Kirkham

Next, we headed down to the west side of the Mowbreck Lane cluster of caches. The first two were quick and easy finds, followed by a very damp walk over a field to the third cache. We tried for one other nearby cache but there was no sign of it anywhere, so we had our first DNF of the day :-(.

We then headed into the centre of Kirkham to get the urban caches out of the way as it was still early on a Sunday morning and nice and quiet. The first was a quick find and the second was obviously muggled but we could see where it should be. Everyone else had logged a find on it saying they would have found it had it been there, so not being (too) proud, we did the same. It will save us having to come back for it if it is ever replaced.

Cross marks the resting place of old funeral processions on the way from Freckleton to bury their dead in Kirkham

We were not sure where to head next so sat for a while to study the layout of caches on Memory Map. We decided to head over and clear up a few between Kirkham and Preston we’d not had time for last week. All were quick finds apart from:

  • 1 DNF – the cache was not there and there were lots of other DNF’s.
  • 2 Pink In Clifton caches of which there were no signs of each either (we could not see any pink either – all very odd). Lots of DNF’s have been logged on one of these too. How many DNF’s does it take for locals round here to temp a cache and do some maintenance on it :-(?

Next on the plan was some of the For The Love Of Anna caches on the southern edges of Kirkham. All nice quick finds, but we did leave two of them as one we did not have the co-ords for (it’s listed as a Traditional but should be an Unknown as you have to collect the co-ords from another cache – which is also muggled!). The other one was a micro in woods and thus just did not sound like our kind of thing.

Isaac with the cache

A short drive south brought us to a Virtual Cache at Frekleton. It’s not often we get the chance to do a Virtual in the UK so we really enjoyed having the chance to stop for this one today.

Lots more easy caches then followed along the coast road between Frekleton and Lytham St Annes. Of note was one cache at the end of the runway at the old RAF Wharton with fab views over the Ribble estuary. A really top spot for a cache :-).

In Lytham we parked up and set off over to the prom for 3 caches along the front. Along the way we stopped on a bench by an old windmill to admire the views over towards Southport and have our soup (oh, and find the cache that was hidden under the bench!).

Fast flowing weir on the Lancashire Coastal Walk

After a few more easy drive-by’s, we parked up for a set of 5 caches on a circuit of Fairhaven Lake on the seafront. A really lovely walk just as the sun was going down and all nice quick finds. One of them was even something bigger than a micro – we were amazed that virtually all the caches in this area are micros. What’s wrong with putting the odd ammo box in a more secluded location for a cache? I know we LOVE finding well stocked ammo boxes :-).

We’d done with the caches for the day but had a half hour or so spare so we decided to head along the coast road and drive up the shoreline at Blackpool as far as the tower. Despite coming from the NW, Isaac has never been to Blackpool and was desperate to see the sights close up. All the lights were in place but they were all switched off and no-one was around at all. The whole place was like a ghost town which was very surreal as it’s always been VERY busy on the many times I’ve been here in the past.

Ribble estuary views

On the way back down to the Pleasure Beach area and the M55 we spotted a chippy that was open, so stopped for a bag of chips. On the way to the M55 from here, we passed the station at Squires Gate and spotted a Sidetracked cache there. How could we refuse? A nice easy find was had after checking way too many places first.

43 finds for the day, some lovely coastal scenery and a bag of chips each. A great day out!

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Caching plans for tomorrow

Kirkham caches to do

A return trip to Kirkham, near Blackpool is our plan for caching tomorrow. I ended up there at the end of the day last Saturday and only scratched the surface of the many, many caches in the area.

Isaac is keen to come to the area too, so we plan to start by M55 J3 and then work our way round as many caches as we can, including the Virtual at Freckleton as it’s not often you get the chance to do a Virtual.

In the remote event that we run of out caches to do in that area, we’ll head around the coast towards Lytham St Anne’s and then perhaps towards the South Shore at Blackpool, which will give us a quick and easy way of getting back on the M55 homebound.

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