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Caches No’s 997-1000 – Millenium

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Caches No’s 997-1000 – Millenium

And so we get to the 1,000th cache, I was going to do one of the major landmark caches, Whitespace, Werewolf etc, up on Saddleworth Moor, but unfortunately the weather isn’t really the best in November for tramping across a bog in the middle of nowhere, so I will save them for next Summer (1,500th, 2,000th maybe !)

21st November 2010 – Less is Moor GC2C939 – cache #997
Instead I went up to a place that I’ve always liked visiting – the Bolton Abbey Estate, and the first cache I did was an easy find, the usual roots of tree, hidden by a rock, but in this case the tree was at the top of a 25ft almost sheer banking and the cache was hidden on the side of the tree with the slope, and it was muddy and wet and a little slippery underfoot… but I had my walking pole for extra balance so I didn’t have any mishaps.
At this cache I dropped off the Limbo Holiday Event Geocoin

21st November 2010 – Taylors Hesketh Hide in Wooly Wonderland GC1V40N – cache #998
At this cache though I did have a mishap, the cache is at the base of a wall, by a tree, on the wrong side of a stream from the road, and the tree has fallen down, so there are large branches in the stream to negotiate as well as the stream itself… anyway, I got to the cache no problem, but on the way back I stepped on a branch to use as a stepping stone over the stream, it broke underneath me and I slipped over onto the muddy stream bank, at least I didn’t get into the stream and get wet !
At this cache I dropped off the Colorado Eagle Easter Train 2009 Geocoin

21st November 2010 – Barden GCKX9F – cache #999
This cache was easy to find, although it is under a lot of tree cover there is a distinct cachers trail leading off the main path to the tree stump underneath where it was hidden. My only problem with it was that there were a lot of walkers around, and although I was 20 yards off the path I was quite visible to them all so I had to pretend to be photographing the fungi on a nearby tree while they passed

21st November 2010 – Bridge Over The River Wharfe GCWGWD – cache #1000
The aqueduct that takes the water pipe from Grimwith Reservoir on the moor down into the valley crosses the River Wharfe in the Bolton Abbey estate, and from a child I have been fascinated by why they did such an ornate architecture for a mundane task (being familiar with the White Bridge in Otley (see cache#2) which does a similar pipe carrying task and is just a bland concrete structure)
The cache that was my 1,000th find is an Ammo box hidden in the stones by the side of the bridge, it is well below the level of the footpath and pretty well hidden from people coming along the river bank in either direction, so although some people walked along the path past me while I was at the cache they didn’t notice me
At this cache I released my TB3XM3T GEOCACHING ROCKS! geocoin

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