Geocaches - 7
Previous Stages - Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6, Stage 7, Stage 8, Stage 9, Stage 10
I own lined winter trousers. I own a Fjallraven coat designed for the worst weather that Sweden can throw at it. I own extreme arctic mittens. The children have been known to comment that all this is a bit much for walking the dog to fetch the paper.
However, for some reason when heading out on one of the coldest days of the year to complete the next monthly leg of the Heart of England Way, I have decided to wear the thinnest pair of walking trousers I own and a soft shell hoody.
Can't complain though, after a month of mud it nice to have frozen ground and clear blue skies.
|Early morning sunshine|
Early walking is out into the countryside, through run down farmyards and open expanses of fields. Some big views over Birmingham in the far distance but little to report, apart from fine walking on good paths.
|Birmingham in the far distance|
|Church End Farm, near Shustoke|
Its a walk of Loops - a large loop to the south and then around the Reservoir, kept hidden by high banks. The geocaches start in a little loop around to Whitacre running alongside several rail lines. In a case of Health and Safety in action, the paths marked on my OS Map are rerouted for safe crossing of the lines - extending the planned 6.5 mile route by half a mile.
We record 3 DNF today, but are in good company. The last geocacher has logged that they are not were they were a week ago. Seems Shustoke has a phantom cache thief.
|A rare glimpse of Shustoke Reservoir through the trees|
I miss out on a Cask Marque check in but do get to see the huge aviary in the car park.
|Cask Marque Sign proudly displayed on the Plough at Shustoke's Door|