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Caches No’s 1458 to 1465 – Reservoirs, Woods and Moors

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Caches No’s 1458 to 1465 – Reservoirs, Woods and Moors

Another few caches had been put out along the banks of a reservoir just a mile or so away from my house, so on a sunny Sunday afternoon I thought I would go grab them as well as some other caches that had appeared in the local area

First of all I had a bad start, I couldn’t find GC3D94J Lindley Wood 1

Under the trees my GPS was putting the cache about 40 feet off the path at the top of a steep banking.
I did wonder whether it was just my GPS playing up but the hint didn’t help much as there are multitudinous multi-trunked trees in the vicinity, and to search around them all would be damaging to the area.

11th March 2012 – Lindley Wood 2 GC3D94P – cache #1458
After failing to find part 1, this second cache was a doddle to find, and I duly noted down half the co-ordinates of the final cache

11th March 2012 – Lindley Wood 3 GC3D967 – cache #1459I’d had a DNF on part 1 and found part 2 so I only had one part of the co-ordinates… which basically gave me a line around the world that somewhere the cache was on !

I decided to follow the path until it crossed this line… I took an educated guess at a fork in the path and when half the co-ordinates were right I looked around and spotted a place that looked likely from the hint… Unfortunately not the right place, but on turning around the way I came I spotted another likely place and this time turned up the cache

I tried again to find Lindley Wood 1 on my way back after finding the other two parts, but I got no better GPS results and still couldn’t find the cache

11th March 2012 – You found The Moor series no5 Walking stick wood GC32KQJ – cache #1460
Late last summer while I was up on part of Timble moor clearing up all the caches there, someone else was up there putting out some new ones, which I had ignored all winter, not wanting to venture up there in the cold and mud, but s we were having the warmest dryest spring on record I decided that it was a perfect opportunity to grab them.

As usual I went to the farthest away one first and made my way back finding the other caches as I passed.
The path down from Timble wasn’t too muddy – but I¬†was glad I didn’t have to squelch through the mud on the other side of the gate from the cache !

11th March 2012 – The Moor series no1 The Dunkirk spirit. GC32KP4 – cache #1461
I struck out cross country from No.5 as there isn’t a public footpath that gets you between the two (but there is a handy gate so I didn’t have to climb any walls or fences), it was easy enough to find the cache.

11th March 2012 – The Moor series no2 Crossroads GC32KP9 – cache #1462
I’d passed this on the other side of the fence on my way down to No.5… as it was getting a bit dark I’d even used my walking pole to uncover the cache to make sure I’d be able to find it on my way back… It was a bit tough plodding through the heather as there isn’t an obvious path from No 1 to here, but the cache was easy to find

11th March 2012 – The Moor series no3 The Mad Monk’s GC32KPH – cache #1463
Another easy find, even in the semi-darkness

11th March 2012 – The Moor series no4 Ordnance survey GC32KQ0 – cache #1464
I’d walked past this cache going the other way without stopping as I doubted I was going to get round before it got dark and figured that this cache would be easy enough to find even if it was pitch black, and I might need the two minutes of daylight it would take to sign the log to find a cache further on in the walk !

As it was all the caches were fairly straight forward to find so it was just very gloomy by the time I got back here, not fully dark

11th March 2012 – watch out for muggles! GC3CWB2 – cache #1465
This cache is on a very well used path around a reservoir, but as it was quite late on (and almost fully dark) when I got here there wasn’t anyone about… it took some finding as my GPS put the co-ords right in the middle of the path so I couldn’t decide which side to search first… as usual I started on the wrong side !

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