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Caches No’s 1705 to 1710 – Cycling around Harrogate

Submitted by on Monday, 18 June 2012No Comment
Caches No’s 1705 to 1710 – Cycling around Harrogate

A sunny Sunday morning and I thought that instead of going for a walk I would put my bike in the car and go for a cycle. Wanting somewhere flat to cycle, which round here is a difficult thing to find, I decided the options were a canal towpath or a disused railway… I decided to go for the latter and headed off to Harrogate

27th May 2012 – NO kites GC1VDXE – cache #1705
Round here you sort of expect any cache with the mention of the word Kite in the title to be a reference to the Red Kites which have been so succesfully reintroduced into the area, but in this case it refered to a sign warning a the powerlines above, and the cache hidden at the base of the signpost

27th May 2012 – Max’s Micro Mooch 2 GC2R40C – cache #1706
This cache is probably easy to find in the autumn and winter, but the cache site is on is so overgrown at the minute that it is hard to even know the path is there. I was no more than 6 feet off the main railway line but my bike and I were totally invisible from the track

After this I didn’t find GC381RY Starbeck Library, I cycled to the end of the railway track, and out into Starbeck village, I was looking round the cache site and met a couple of other cachers, between the three of us we couldn’t find the cache (though the cache owner has since confirmed it was there)

27th May 2012 – 10k GC2GG77 – cache #1707
The last cache of my cycle ride , looping back from Starbeck to the Railway I got to the cache site where I spent a while searching the tree my GPS said the cache was at, then moved to the next tree and spotted it straight away

27th May 2012 – Yorkshire Yankee Doodle GCJH67 – cache #1708
On my way home I stopped off to grab another cache or three that I had still got to find. This first one is one of the oldest caches in the area being set out in April 2004, It is probably not hidden as well now as it was originally ‘just off the path’ but now there is a well defined cachers path leading to it

27th May 2012 – Cardale Wood View GC1ZRWC – cache #1709
A cache under a large rock in the middle of the woods – and surprisingly even under the trees my GPS took me straight to the right rock out of the dozens in the vicinity

27th May 2012 – Family Unfriendly GC2WKJF – cache #1710
This cache has a 3.5 star difficulty, which I thought was a little high, as although the cache is very well disguised there is only really one place where it can be, especially when the cache name is taken into consideration

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