Posts Tagged ‘Skeg to Ness’

Beautiful daffodils seen near to one of the cache

We’d enjoyed our caching run on the Skeg To Ness series last week so thought we’d finish off the series on Saturday, with the leg from near Mansfield to the end of the trail in Skegness.

We also had 3 caches we’d missed out near the end of last week as they had been temp’d. They had now been confirmed present / re-located / replaced (one of each for each of the three caches). We decided to start on these ones as they were not far from where we come off the M1 and end the day on the beach at Skegness with an ice-cream :-).

Love this waymarker

The three caches we’d missed from last week were all easy finds. The only item of note was this guy in a house behind the second one who seems to have been christened “Mr Nutter” on the cache page as he shouts at every cacher who comes to look for the cache! Needless to say he shouted at us too, but we managed to placate him for long enough to find the cache (just out of sight of him, handily enough) and go on our way.

Next, came the caches we’d not tried yet, starting with #100 (we’d finished with #101 last week). A few caches into the series we bumped into our first cachers of the day. They initially looked a bit like Team Rocket from Alsager but it turned out to be johnno2, who we’ve not met before. We had a (very quick) chat before continuing on our ways.

Drainage on the fens

A few caches later we were just signing the log when another car pulled up. It was missfruitcake and daughter, who was signing the logbooks with the most excellent caching name Wiggly Woo (I think that was it anyway – either way, it raised a smile on both our faces :-)). We bumped into them at another cache a bit later in the day as they were on their way to visit relatives and not stopping at all caches.

Can you spot the cache in this picture?

Later on in the day we were signing the log at another cache and some more cachers pulled up. This time it was Lorri-Ann & Kev. Great to meet you both :-).

As went along the series we stopped to find any other caches we went past, which included some in this lovely woodland called Potter Wood. We also had a section of the series where it crossed some fens (very open and VERY flat landscape with drainage ditches separating the fields). The fields around this area were obviously used for growing daffodils and looked more like we were in Holland than the UK!

Herbie heaven!

Nearing the end of the series, we did a cache which turned out to be a nano on a bench. It was not in the usual place they are in this situation so took us a few moments to spot. Just as we were signing the log Isaac commented that there was some people in a nearby far waving at us. I looked over and realised it was Des and Bren (snerdbe) and they must have watched us searching for the cache :-).

We went over for a chat and were relieved to hear they took as long as us to find the nano. Phew! We had a great chat before continuing to our next cache where we bumped into them again as they walked up as I was signing the log.

Peaceful cemetery near to a non-series cache we did in the day

A few caches later and we were at the sea front at Skegness looking for the last cache in the series, which was an easy find.

It’s a 3.75 hour drive home from here so we went off to get a bag of chips each before a quick ice-cream on the beach enjoying views of the North Sea.

Skegness pier and the North Sea

105 finds for the day and some very satisfying power caching. It’s not often you get to do this kind of caching in the UK – in fact last week was our first time ever outside the USA – but we always enjoy this kind of thing as a total break to our normal caching which involves a lot more walking.

Next week, something entirely different…

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Not sure what this is, but it was very close to a cache and stopped us finding it!

We’ve been umm’ing and ahh’ing about the Skeg To Ness series ever since it came out. It’s advertised as “193 miles and 207 drive by caches” and is basically a route from one side of the UK to the other, via quieter roads, with lots of caches along the way.

Initial reports of the series did not look too promising but better reports followed and in the end we could not resist. We’d done a day walking last week so decided to do the opposite this week: an intense day with lots of quick and easy caches. We decided we’d see if we could get 100 finds for the day, without going too far east as that would make the journey home at the end of the day longer.

Views towards the Runcorn refineries from near one of the caches

The first cache of the day was just by the M53 at Cheshire Oaks Outlet Mall. There are 6 more caches to the west of here, but we’d have to double back on ourselves to find them so opted to leave them for another trip.

The first part of our route snaked through mid Cheshire along lots of very familiar lanes. Pretty much all the caches were 35mm containers and most were hidden in the same style – the base of a post. All nice and easy and we were soon racking up the finds quickly. We had a plan for 10 caches an hour and soon realised this was easily achievable.

Reservoir in the Macclesfield Forest

At the far side of Cheshire the route started to climb up into the very beautiful Peak District. We’d been looking forward to this section of the route as it’s a fab place for caching and the scenery is stunning. We were not disappointed!

The series is split into sections with different local cachers being responsible for different sections of the series. It soon became clear we’d started on another cacher’s section as the containers changed to Small’s and some were hidden a short walk from the parking spot (they had all been drive-by’s so far).

Lovely Peak District views

We particularly liked the section through the Macclesfield Forest but the rest of the Peak District caches were also a pleasure to do. Along the way we spotted Tizzie just as we were pulling up to a cache near to the A52 between Leek and Buxton. We stopped for a quick chat before going on our ways (she was doing the caches in the other direction to us).

After the scenery and inventive hides of the Peak District we dropped down into the more built up areas of Chesterfield and north Nottinghamshire. The cache owner changed again and 35mm containers and even a few magnetic nano’s started to appear. Nothing too tricky but they were harder finds than the similar hides on the Cheshire section of the series.

A Curiosities Of Derbyshire cache

We were approaching our 100th find of the day by now and spotted a nice looking cache in a nearby park with a 0.25 mile walk and a Regular sized container, so decided to head there and make that our milestone cache for the day. On the way back to the Jeep we stood and watched this guy flying his kite.

We decided to start thinking about heading for some tea but could not resist two more of the series on the way, plus an unrelated cache we spotted on TomTom as we went past.

Our 100th find of the day

103 finds for the day which whilst it’s not the most we’ve ever found in a day, it certainly blows our previous personal best in the UK of 72 finds out of the water.

A really good day caching too – we love the intensity of a cache run like this every so often as it’s the total opposite of the lovely long walk we did last weekend.

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