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Caches No’s 4014 to 4021 – The Gruffalo Woods

Submitted by on Sunday, 24 April 2016No Comment
Caches No’s 4014 to 4021 –  The Gruffalo Woods

Once the clocks go back and the evenings become lighter longer then there is more time in the week to go caching (there are those that go out caching in the dark with torches, but they are strange folk who are s lot more obsessed than I am).
So a pleasant Sunday evening at the end of April had me out for a walk round this new series. I ended up starting out on the wrong path and so instead of retracing my steps I followed a faint trail through the brush – which ended up at a ditch and wall, but I managed to jump one and climb the other to get back on the right track

24th April 2016 – Gruffalo Series No1 – On the Way To Gruffalo Wood  GC6G560 – cache #4014
When I reached the GZ a quick find occurred

24th April 2016 – Gruffalo Series No2 – Welcome To Gruffalo Woods  GC6G54H – cache #4015
When I pulled into the car park I was the only car there, but I was followed in by a Polish family who caught up with me at this location and were a little confused by the fact that I was hanging about waiting for them to disappear rather than carrying on my walk !
Once they were out of sight I went for the easily found cache

24th April 2016 – Gruffalo Series No3 – Meet The Mouse  GC6G570 – cache #4016
At number 2 I was stuck waiting for a Polish family to pass before I could get to the cache, here at number 3 it was a Chinese family, Number One son was riding his bike and had it leant up against the tree waiting for his parents and smaller sibling to catch up… I had to wander up the path and duck behind a bush hiding until they had gone when I could rush back and get to the cache

24th April 2016 – Gruffalo Series No4 – Meet The Snake  GC6G59W – cache #4017
I have no fear, I stuck my hand in the hole and grabbed the cache !

24th April 2016 – Gruffalo Series No5 – Meet The Owl  GC6G5EP – cache #4018
On the way to this cache I met two more of the Gruffalo’s friends.

Most people probably wont see them but as I was virtually alone in the woods with dusk approaching they were out and about quite near the path. The cache was relatively easy to find, good job I’m reasonably tall though !

24th April 2016 – Gruffalo Series No6 – Meet The Fox  GC6G5G8 – cache #4019
Took a while to find this one, for two reasons… my GPS was pointing me about 20ft East of the cache (nearer the wall corner) and secondly the little blighter was well covered up so unlike previous loggers I couldn’t see him from the cache. Must have taken me over 15 minutes to search every possible place matching the hint until I found him – I mean with a caching name like mine I wasn’t going to give up on him
I left him hidden, but a bit more obvious than I found him

24th April 2016 – Gruffalo Series No7 – Meet The Gruffalo GC6G5HH – cache #4020
A great final cache to the series.
I may have to come back and do this series with my nieces when they visit next

24th April 2016 – Gruffalo Series Bonus Cache – Where Am I GC6G5WN – cache #4021
Due to people in the vicinity I had rushed number 3 and forgotten to note down the bonus number… but I had the others so plotted the possible points on my GPS, only one really stood out as likely spot and so I found the bonus cache easily in the end

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