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Caches No’s 4285 to 4306 – Caledonian Cache Fest Part 1

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Caches No’s 4285 to 4306 – Caledonian Cache Fest Part 1

SO, without YOSM’s to detour me from the boring direct roads from ‘a’ to ‘b’ I had to think of something else to do on my way up to Scotland for ‘The Caledonian Cache Fest’, a new event being held in the border region of Scotland. The first outing of the event was to be held in Peebles.
The answer to what to look for on my way up North without resorting to ‘normal’ caches was to devise a route up via old Virtual caches

26th May 2017 – Brimham – For the Thrifty – GC8FFA – cache #4285
But first, this long standing traditional cache was the first of the day, and a nice and easy to find

26th May 2017 – The Monkey House (N. Yorks) – GCA1C7 – cache #4286
On to the virtuals, easy enough to park nearby and a short walk up to the folly

26th May 2017 – TOWN TIE-UP – GCEE36 – cache #4287
A stop in Darlington for lunch gave me the opportunity to seek out this cache which is nothing more than a rock at the side of the road

26th May 2017 – Steam bricks! ( Co. Durham ) – GC62D7 – cache #4288
Spotted it easily from the road but took a bit of finding my way round to it from the back !
Well worth a visit

26th May 2017 – Beehive Coke Ovens – GCJQK2 – cache #4289
I love visiting these old small scale industrial sites, lime kilns, mills, mineworkings and such… once obviously a major commercial enterprise in the locality, but so many of them are stuck in the middle of nowhere these days.

26th May 2017 – Thought for the Day – GC9D73 – cache #4290
The ivy is beginning to encroach upon the words, won’t be too long before it will be difficult to make out the necessary phrases

26th May 2017 – Local Hero – GCG1CX – cache #4291
It was an incredibly hot and sticky afternoon, so I parked outside the co-op and got an ice cream there before I walked along to the monument

26th May 2017 – Caley’s Welcome Pig-Nic – GC6V5WG – cache #4292
The Yorkshire contingent didn’t stay long for this opening event, just popped up to say hello, and then we went back to our party tent to party…

27th May 2017 – Caledonian CacheFest 2017 – GC6KYDN – cache #4293
A much smaller event than the Megas that we are used to, but a good event for all that, we had a stall for the 2018 Mega, though I spent most of the time chatting with friends rather than selling

27th May 2017 – 01 Cachemuir Trail – GC75QN3 – cache #4294
In the evening, rather than just sit around the campsite drinking, some of us decided to go to a local forest, do the cache trail there and then do the night cache, off I went on a slightly damp evening with Iain (Big Fish), Kev and Astrid (Eaves Clan), Clare and Jeff (CnJnA) and Clare  (Linedancers)… we signed as Team YL (Y-Yorkshire, L-Lancashire & Lincolnshire)

27th May 2017 – 02 Cachemuir Trail – GC75QN9 – cache #4295

27th May 2017 – 03 Cachemuir Trail – GC75QND – cache #4296

27th May 2017 – 04 Cachemuir Trail – GC75QNQ – cache #4297

27th May 2017 – 05 Cachemuir Trail – GC75QP0 – cache #4298

27th May 2017 – 06 Cachemuir Trail – GC75QP3 – cache #4299

27th May 2017 – 06 Cademuir Walk – GC75TZR – cache #4300
We’d done the Cachemuir Trail, and it wasn’t really dark enough yet to do the night cache – so on with the Cademuir Walk

27th May 2017 – 05 Cademuir Walk – GC75TZQ – cache #4301

27th May 2017 – 04 Cademuir Walk – GC75TZN – cache #4302

27th May 2017 – 03 Cademuir Walk – GC75TZH – cache #4303

27th May 2017 – 02 Cademuir Walk – GC75TZE – cache #4304
I nearly did myself a mischief falling down the banking here !

27th May 2017 – 01 Cademuir Walk – GC75QN3 – cache #4305
Cache walk done, now out with the torches and off for the night cache

27th May 2017 – The Hills Have Eyes – GC75QMQ – cache #4306
We had some really bright torches so spotting the markers was easy – the problem was that if you caught the beam dead straight in the eye you could hardly see anything for a few minutes !
We got to the last tree marker easily enough but then it took a bit of searching to find the pointers to the cache

I enjoyed the evening walk around the forest, after being stuck in the hall all day behind various stalls (Yorkshire Mega 2018, UKCacheMag and Gnome Games) it was nice to get out and stretch my legs

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