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A Sunday Afternoon Stroll – Caches No’s 309 – 312

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A Sunday Afternoon Stroll – Caches No’s 309 – 312

28th March 2010 – The Weston world, The Church GC14EZP – Cache #309
New technology ! – A bluetooth satellite receiver and a PDA running Memorymap, which is the Ordnance Survey’s digital map system, so you have the 1:25,000 (4cm to 1km) map on the PDA, a little computer trickery and you can overlay the map with the cache positions, and the bluetooth receiver connects to the PDA to show you where you are. The map is at a big enough scale that you can see buildings and field boundaries so you can get a pretty accurate idea of where the cache is… as long as the given co-ordinates are accurate !
It had no problem finding this cache.
There are three caches in this little series, two feeder caches with clues to the final cache, reading the logs and with my local knowledge I had already worked out where the final cache was, so it was easy to determine which order to do the first two. This cache was quickly found.

28th March 2010 – The Weston world, above Askwith. GC14EZJ – Cache 310
There is another cahce nearby, GC21MJR, I parked the car in the village and walked up to find that cache first, but there were some men cutting up a tree that had fallen in the winter and they were using the spot where the cache was to load the pieces onto their truck, so I walked back down into the village again, and walked up the next road to find this cache, which was easy enough to spot when I got near as the sun was shining on it !

28th March 2010 – Orange Desubox GC21MJR – Cache #311
After finding the second feeder cache I had the co-ordinates to the final cache and it was indeed where I had suspected it would be. the path down to it is more of a stream, a 6ft wide, hawthorn edged, 4 inch deep stream. Very muddy and not easy to walk on. But I persevered and eventually the path turned away from the stream and it was dry again. I got to the cache site and found a hollow tree, where the cache should be, but The Weston World, The Weston Walk GC14F0A was missing. The previous log had said that they had found the cache buried by rabbits digging their hole in the tree, I found a rabbit hole but no cache.

So I left it and walked on, deciding not to walk through the gloop again I took the long way round walking to the other end of the path and back to the village along the road.

Then I thought I may as well walk up to the cache I couldn’t get near earlier, and found the men had gone and the cache was easily found.
At this cache I dropped off the Saturn Geocoin

28th March 2010 – Lido Lunacy GC1XP9R – Cache #312
The clocks had gone forward the night before and there was still daylight left, so I took a detour on the drive home to grab another local cache which had eluded me in the autumn. Now the undergrowth had all gone it was easy to find, The cache is the one in the headline picture.

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