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Caches No’s 3038 to 3041 – Sunday Morning in Harewood

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Caches No’s 3038 to 3041 – Sunday Morning in Harewood

Harewood House, home of the Earl of Harewood, (currently the 8th Earl, 51st in line to the throne) has grounds designed by Capability Brown. There are gardens which you have to be a paying visitor to go into, but there are approximately fifteen miles of footpaths and bridleways which crisscross the Estate which you can go on for free – and so these paths are where the three caches I went to are found

24th November 2013 – Beautiful Harewood GCVACW – cache #3038
A lovely sunny Sunday morning and so I took a walk in the estate grounds, The first cache of the day is in one of the better parts of the estate being straight in front of the house on the main vista designed by Capability Brown. The cache of course isn’t in the open , but is thirty yards off the patn in the woods, though right at the edge of the woods and in a rather exposed place, anyone coming down the hill on the path would see you, I am glad I was there on a winter Sunday when there were hardly any people about

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24th November 2013 – How the mighty fall GC2VFK3 – cache #3039
Supposedly this cache is by a big tree stump, hence the title… to tell the truth I saw no stump, just a pile of broken bits of branch and such covering the cache… maybe there was a stump under there somewhere…

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24th November 2013 – Harewood Beech GC4QK41 – cache #3040
I took two goes at this… couldn’t find it as I entered the park, but on the way out after I had read the logs and description (and read that the co-ordinates were well out) I spotted the cache from the path… I think I would have preferred to do this cache in the summer, with leaves on the trees to hide me from the windows of the nearby lodge at the park gates… at this time of the year anyone who looked out would see you looking around suspiciously off the path to find the cache (does it have permission from the Harewood Estate Management… I doubt it)

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24th November 2013 – Tree Tripper GC36CMJ – cache #3041
One I found on my way home. The cache description says that this is an easy drive by cache on a lane off the main road with parking right by the cache. Far too muddy to park by the cache (unless you have a 4WD that you don’t mind getting filthy !), so I parked out on the main road. I was just getting the cache when someone came to the house opposite and so I had to walk away with the cache in hand so as to avoid looking suspicious loitering around in the trees… came back 10 minutes later when the coast was clear to replace it

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