Geocaches - 60 found, 3 DNF
Out to break my best caching day record today - previously held at 41 and going to be smashed out of the park as I attempt the central ring of the Great Cotswold Walk. This is a series of 134 Caches, broken down into three rings. I am going for the Central Ring, starting at Quenington.
I have been looking forward to this all week... loads of caches in my favourite walking part of the country. It's also a newish area for me... not been to these villages before. So I get down there, park up next to the pub (always thinking ahead) and get out for cache 1, just past the village green.
Only one problem. I cannot find the cache. When loading the sat nav, I noticed that everyone else has found it, so I feel the problem must be me. After 15 minutes search, I text the support group at home and get told that it wasn't found yesterday. Feel better about myself and move on.
I will be back for the southern ring, so no great dramas.
At cache 2, I make a find between the dog walking muggles, so at least I have my eye in now. Just have to wait for them to pass, overhearing the conversation about how a Lord came out and told her off last week as her dog was off the lead. It's that part of the country.
In other news, Cotswold Outdoors have had a sale on and I am kitted out in my new purchases. Ellie always says that the reason things are in the sale is that no one wants them.
|I predict that next week you will all be wearing Burnt Orange and Pumice|
I am then on the Salt Way. I haven't brought my big camera today, as the space is needed for my raincoat. The weather predictions were not good, with rain promised from 9am. I have to wonder when the rain is coming.
|Wall to Wall Sunshine|
The path is as straight as an arrow until I turn left at Saltway Barn for my third and final DNF of the day. This appears to be an old airfield and there are few huts scattered around pointing to the history of the place.
It's another long and straight walk down into Ablington. An impressive looking manor house is obscured by a high wall, so I cannot get any photos. One of the caches is in a bus shelter, which makes me reflect on why I love britain.
There is no village store in Ablington. I should know, as I have had no breakfast. Instead, the bus shelter offers newspapers and eggs, where people pay into an honest box.
Unless they are the Orange Bandit.
|Omelette for tea and free cash|
Ablinton leads to Arlington. After 10 years of serious walking, at last, I find the signpost of my dreams.
|I like to party|
|So popular that chairs are scarce|
I am on Human Safari. But rarely has a pint been so well earned.
|Gets demolished in record time|
It may be the post San Miguel joy, but we now move onto the best part of the walk. First off, I have to walk around the world's most remote cricket pitch. I wondered what the oval was on the map, but did not expect that. I then drop down to the River Coln. The impressive building is simply marked as "Mill" on the OS Map.
|Just a Mill|
|Coming, ready or not|
|All cached out|