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Day #265 – A Couple Of Crabby’s And More

Trad: 4 Multi: 1
Walked: 4.9 miles

My area of exploration today was south of Maldon, to pick up a few stragglers. The ABC of Essex series has never been completely set out, but I was still missing C For Cock Clarks, which had been replaced fairly recently after a muggling ages ago. The pot was easy enough to spot, but first I had to traverse this rickety old footbridge! Made it without falling in…

Dodgy Little Footbridge!
Dodgy Little Footbridge!

Next up were a couple of Mr Crabby’s Bridge caches – he loves the old abandoned railway line from Maldon to South Woodham Ferrers and has lots of caches along the way.

An Ex Bridge
An Ex Bridge

The first one presented no problem as I was able to park close by. And then the fun started. I walked to the other but was thwarted by a very deep, very full ditch of very fast running water. In the course of my back-tracking to a different approach, I managed to slip up a muddy bank and smash my left knee on the only stone sticking out of the mud. Ouch! It’s always my poor left knee which gets it! 🙁

Nice Big Box
Nice Big Box

Anyway, I hobbled on and eventually found a way to GZ which didn’t involve swimming. At least I was rewarded with a nice big box!

Then the long hobble back to the car. My knee was feeling sore but up to another couple of short walks, so I did a layby cache and dash on the outskirts of Maldon, followed by a simple little multi near Heybridge. This was the view across towards Maldon as I made my final find of the day:

Cracking View Towards Maldon!
Cracking View Towards Maldon!