Posts Tagged ‘Chorley’

Lovely views over yellow flower filled fields

Lovely views over yellow flower filled fields

On Saturday Isaac could not come caching so I opted for a day caching around West Lancashire on my own. I planned to start off with the Pigsy caches to the east of Skelmersdale and then head off north towards Mawdesley and then see how much time I had left.

I had a fab time caching around the Pigsy caches with some of the best presented caches we’ve seen. All decent sized boxes hidden in nice place. This is how all caches should be! The views over towards Winter Hill from just about every cache were great too!

Moody skies looking over towards Winter Hill

Moody skies looking over towards Winter Hill

Next, I headed off towards Mawdesley as I’d heard the cache outside the Police station in the village was a must do. I won’t say too much about it so as not to spoil it for others, but it was well worth it for the cheeky hide. The others in the area were a bit so, so, but they all count for a smiley and I was having fun exploring areas we’ve been to before but not for a while now.

I still had loads of time left so headed off towards Charnock Richard near Chorley to do a nice circular walk based around military aircraft built in the UK over the last century. I smiled when I saw the name of the road they start on – German Lane ;-). I had a great time on the walk and was really enjoying the lovely peace and quiet and fun caches.

Crossing the mail railway line on the Charnock Richard walk

Crossing the mail railway line on the Charnock Richard walk

Once I’d finished these, I bagged a few more caches to the south of Chorley around Coppull before getting on the M6 heading for home.

On the way down the M6 I stopped to bag various caches near motorway exits that we usually just drive past as we’ve no time to stop. A stop off at Lymm and Keele Services (where I treated myself to a Starbucks as well as a cache) and then a quick one near Junction 15.

67 finds for the day, a fantastic day out and some good caches and walking too.

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On Saturday, we decided to go for last week’s Plan A, which was a trip to the Chorley area to clear up the newer caches there. As Isaac was with me, we changed this slightly and opted to start on the Wacky Races series near Skelmersdale as they are in a great location and have been getting good logs.

The first cache of the day was a puzzle cache, which was nice and easy to solve. To find the box, you have to go to a location and then pace out distances until you get to GZ and then use your cacher’s eye. All nice and easy and no problems at all.

Next, we started on the Wacky Races series. Try as I might, I could not work out a circular route round them all, so opted to pick some off from nearby roads individually and then to do the final half of them as a longer, circular walk. This ended up working out really well.

We’ve not been caching in this part of the country for ages, but remember it being lovely, with gentle hills and some great views over the surrounding areas. It was just as we remembered and we really enjoyed our walk around picking up the caches in the series.

Along the way we picked up an older cache, The Wood & The Wire, which we’ve nearly stopped for several times in the past, but never had quite enough time. Very satisfying to finally bag it on our walk around the other caches today.

The other highlight of the walk was a trip up to Ashurst Beacon, which is a lovely old monument on top of probably the highest hill in the area. The views from the top were panoramic and with the great weather today, we could see for absolutely miles. I pointed out all sorts of views to Isaac, including Blackpool Tower and the South Lake District hills.

We soon arrived in Euxon and picked off a couple of easy drive-by’s before relocating to the north end of the Mushroom Man series, for a nice circular walk. Not much to report here apart from lovely countryside and some nice easy finds (apart from the last one in the series which took us a bit longer to find).

After we’d finished the series, we decided to head off toward Chorley and then Horwich, with the ultimate intention of a try for a FTF just north of Bolton.

More quick cache and dashes here, with a one in a nice nature area by a hospital and a re-visit to a place we’d been to for a cache before, to bag the resurrected (and re-listed) cache. The cache owner had given up caching, but the cache was still in place, although it was archived for some reason. Another cacher had decided to create a new listing for it, so people could come back and find it.

Next, Isaac guided us down the A6 to Horwich for a few quick caches. The first one was by a field with Alpacas in – we could just about make out one in the distance at the top end of the field. We’re assured they are usually much more friendly than this.

A quick find at the old Horwich Station, followed by another easy find at the war memorial in Horwich were then had.

Finally, it was a short drive over to the north of Bolton for a FTF attempt. This cache was set 3.5 months ago and published 1.5 months ago, but for some unbelievable reason, no-one has come to find it. We parked up by a garden center and set off down the path into a lovely wooded area with a stream flowing along to one side.

As we approached GZ, it was clear that the cache was up a very steep and slippery bank. We both scrambled up, with Isaac going the last bit on his own for an easy find of the cache. We were FTF too :-). A really nice spot for a cache and we enjoyed the challenge of the scramble to get the box.

It was now tea-time and we were getting hungry so we set off home. As we approached where we were due to get off the M6, I remembered two caches not far off route that had come out in the week. We did not have these on the GPSr’s so we fired up the GC.com app on the iPhone and got the details that way.

We parked up and set off for two quick finds – the first of which was the better one as it was in a lovely wooded area and a nice sized box too.

Now, it really was time to go home so off we set. 37 finds for the day.

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This weekend, we decided to head up to just about the northernmost extremity of our days caching zone: the area just south of Preston.

We’d seen the caches in Much Hoole come out for the NW Caching event that was held there a few weeks ago (too far for us to go just to attend an evening event) so decided to start there. The route from the M6 took us past a couple of Sidetracked caches so it would have been rude not to stop and find them.

Much Hoole presented no problems although we were expecting two of the caches to be trickier than they turned out to be, as they both had DNF’s on them. Isaac walked straight up to the first one (that’s my boy :-)) and the second one looks to have been replaced by the cache owner.

The only one we could not find was the last one in the series, which looks to have been muggled as we spoke to a previous finder, who confirmed where it should be.

Now, to head over to the north of Chorley, via a few other quick caches, so we can start on the new Eco Friendly series. They are all Puzzle caches, but are hidden at the stated co-ords. The Puzzle icon is there because of the additional logging requirement: you must post a photo of you with your bike at each cache.

No problems with any of these as they were all in the obvious place. On the way round, we fitted in a few other caches, notably one where you had to go up and down a road, until you had lined up the Mormon Temple in Chorley with Great Hill, up on the moors. Great fun and an interesting way to pin-point a cache.

After we’d done the Eco Friendly ones, we headed into Chorley to clear up the newer urban caches there. No problems there apart from dodgy co-ords on a certain cache setters caches. We’re used to the co-ords on their caches being out, so used the hints for easy finds.

Just time for a few more caches now as it’s starting to get dark and we’re starting to get hungry, so want to think about heading home for some tea.

A nice quick cache by one of the oldest pub’s in the area was followed by a walk down a great PF past some new houses and onwards to a lovely little dingle area. On the OS map, this looked un-remarkable, but when you get there it’s a great spot.

On the way back to the M6, we stopped by a hotel near the Standish exit of the M6 to bag a last quick cache. An easy find, but there was quite a bit of broken glass at GZ (we’ve noted this in our log, so other cacher’s know to watch out).

44 finds and a *really* satisfying day’s caching.

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