Distance - 8 Miles
Geocaches - 11 Found, 1 DNF
Monthly time on the Millennium Way. As it's number 42, it's a lengthy one. That rules out the Geohound. It's the peak of hay-fever season. That rules out the Geowife.
I am a man alone on the Millennium Way.
Park up in a dodgy looking, but recommended, free car park. I have spied my choice of post walk pleasure - as there is the Warwickshire Camra pub of the year on the outskirts of town. Will hit that later.
Off and running through a housing estate but soon out along the River Arrow towards the church.
|Complete with a Church Micro for Cache 1 of the day|
On the wildlife stakes, there are deer, squirrels, hares (massive ears) and a black spaniel.
|Who is this? And why is it here?|
I walk on. My friend follows me at heel. I call it over to look at the collar and there is a phone number but I have no phone with me.
I carry on and it frolics behind, reminding me what a good dog is like. It's happy to be out, it's tail doesn't stop wagging and everytime I think it has run off again, it reappears having spooked a pheasant. Or a duck.
There are a couple of cottages to seek assistance - the first is guarded by two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, who make it very clear they don't want to help. The next is a run down cottage that the door is wide open, with the keys in the outside lock. I shout hello and get no reply. The high number of flies in the porch make me think something terrible has happened and scamp (as I have now christened him) had gone to seek help from the passing geocacher.
Have no choice to keep on walking. After another mile we (I can use the plural now) come to a cottage. A nice lady comes to the door, who does not recognise the dog but helps with the phone call. The drama is captured on my autographer camera.
|I'll read out the number|
|Lady takes control|
|Mr Spaniel comes in his wagon to fetch the errant hound|
Apart from for Mappiman. I had got used to my new companion and had started to harbour sinister thoughts of bringing her home for future adventures. Farewell Scamp, its back to finding out where the lazy doodle is hiding for me.
So back on the route and the best part of the walk is through Bannam's Woods.
|Into the Woods for two more caches|
|Fine views of Worcestershire, as we emerge|
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