Day #207 – Takeley Trail & Cottage Pie

Trad: 16 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 8.8 miles

I was out with Kitty!! and Mr Crow again today. Our first target for the day was the D1/T5 hide, the Cottage Pie Bonus cache near Ongar. A tree over water, Kitty volunteered to scale the obstacle, and the cache was quickly spotted.

Victory At Cottage Pie!
Victory At Cottage Pie!

This nicely fills another DT square fore (and us all). My grid now looks like this, 10 left!

DT Grid, 18th Feb 2016

After that success, we relocated to Takeley to attempt Run Around’s Takeley Trail.  But first there was time to find the Church Micro to pick up. There were lovely patches of snowdrops in the churchyard.

Snowdrops In Takeley Churchyard
Snowdrops In Takeley Churchyard

We had mixed success with the trail, there were lots of great hides but we also failed to find 6 of the 17 on the loop! And we had to take quite a diversion on the walk to avoid this collapsed bridge:

A Wobbly Bridge!
A Wobbly Bridge!

This one was an easy find but more tricky to open! It took at least 4 hands, glad I wasn’t trying to do this one on my own.

Clever Run Around Hide
Clever Run Around Hide

Fantastic log book here, very original.

Unique Logbook
Unique Logbook

Kitty!! and Crow (meanies) handed me this one to open. They both have similar puzzle boxes and knew its secret. I got there eventually.

Treasure Chest
Treasure Chest

So, a good day out, but it’s a shame we were so rubbish at finding so many. We’ll be back to try again another time.

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