Trad: 10 Multi: 1 Challenge: 6 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 10.7 miles
Chorley has lots of Challenge caches in the area with tasty DT ratings. I had been planning a visit here a few months ago but it never came off in the end. But heading a little further north from the Mega in Wales seemed like a good plan, to extend my caching trip by a day.
I had selected a variety of Challenges and other interesting caches in the vicinity to target. Euxton was a pretty village with a cache at the crossroads. Just as I parked the car, the heavens opened – but I didn’t have to wait long until it had stopped to make the find.
Little Quacker wanted to help out at the Zootime Challenge, ducks especially welcome!
One of my main objectives for the day was Chorley Challenge #1 – Bring it Back, a D5/T4.5 which would add another tick to that box in the DT square. It involved grovelling under a bridge on the banks of a muddy river. The rain was back again. It wasn’t too bad, I only got slightly filthy in the process!
Various other challenges around about were collected, plus another Letterbox in a new county, and finally a Whereigo at Astley Hall, A Classic Conundrum. I knew exactly how to solve it as it was similar to the Whereigo I did with Gilly in Llangollen last week, but annoyingly, it involved walking most of the way around the lake to get from one zone to the other and back again. It took ages!
I finished caching around Chorley at about 5pm but had organised my route home from there to dip into four new counties on the way. The SatNav then took me a very silly way home and I arrived at just gone midnight, thoroughly wishing for my bed!
Anyway, here’s how my Counties map looks now – just a big fat hole that is Herefordshire, which somehow I failed to go near during my epic driving. Oh well… anyone for another trip?
Back to work in London tomorrow, which I suspect will be a bit of a shock to the system after my geo-roaming.