I headed to Gosfield today to find some caches in the area, it’s not somewhere I find myself very often. My first target was the Village SIgn trad – and I got a bonus two for the price of one on film pots here!
Next I went searching for a trio of trads in the little woodland to the east of the village. I found some great hides and some natural sights too – including the first spot of a decent Fly agaric specimen this season.
Next I relocated to the footpath north of Great Spanseys Wood to find another trio of trads. Two were in the Something Fishy series – and I certainly found something here, although it wasn’t fishy!
The next was supposed to be a Mighty Oak, but all I found was a small plastic tree! Well, it was inside the cache, so I guess that’s OK.
Broak’s Wood was next on my agenda. The hides were a bit tricky, and some of the undergrowth was a bit hard going. I was amused to stumble across this “seat” dedicated to Vera along the way!
Autumn is really taking hold now, with turning leaves and dampness in the air, but it’s a very photogenic time of year, so I’m not complaining.
A series of 15 caches was laid to coincide with the Essex Mega CITO event at Langdon Plotlands back on Day #7, but I only had time to search for one of them then. So I thought I should go and have another look for the rest today.
There was plenty of evidence of the homes which used to sit on the plots:
I had a rather a lot of DNF’s on the series – the GPS was bouncing around due to the tree cover and none of the caches had any hints, which wasn’t very helpful, given the multitude of trees. Oh well.
In the middle, I took a brief detour to find two unrelated caches – one of which was hidden in this cool bird box inside a lovely tree.
One of the series was a decent sized box and thankfully an easy find!
All in all, not a bad day out, but it may well have been more successful if there were hints for the hides. They are mainly billed as D1.5 caches, but clearly if the tree cover is bad and the co-ords are 30ft or more off, there’s little chance of a find unless you strike it very lucky.
Today’s target was a nice little series of 9 caches by Indy Walker, set in North Benfleet. I didn’t leave home until early afternoon, but since sunset is around 4:30pm now the clocks have changed, I knew I had to get a move on to get them all found in daylight.
The start of the walk was along a lovely tree-lined byway.
I took a brief detour from the 9-cache loop to find Geisha’s Gallop (by the same CO) – a rather cool little owl hanging in a tree!
One cache was guarded by a troll at this unusually-constructed bridge.
Another hide had had several DNF’s logged previously, but I dug a big deeper than most and voilà! There it was!
I found all but one of the caches – I have suspicions that the last one is gone. It was getting dark by the time I was able to look properly, but sometimes the hunch that it’s missing is strong and you don’t keep searching forever.
It was another one of those grim weather days today but as I was going to visit a friend in Ingatestone this afternoon, I forced myself out of the house a little bit earlier than I needed to to have a look for a duo of traditional hides in Doddinghurst/Hook End.
At least there was plenty of Autumn colour on show with these lovely Maple trees.
Thankfully it was a quick find at the first hide but despite a thorough search I drew a blank on the second. Here was a sign on the way to No. 2 – at least it doesn’t say “no geocaching”!