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Hartswood & Thorndon

Trad: 8
Walked: 9.0 miles

Today I had a great roam around the outskirts of Brentwood and then Harts Wood and Thorndon Country park, finding 8 traditional caches, which were some great hides.

I started off with two caches to the north east of Brentwood. The first was called Jumbo and was a particularly on-theme container!

Heffalump Hide!
Heffalump Hide!

Next up was a little box which went by the name of DEH1 – not sure what it all meant, but it had some nice little goodies inside.

Pretty Things In The Box
Pretty Things In The Box

I moved the car and parked just to the north of Hartswood itself. The Autumn colours were out in full force!

Autumn Colours On The Way
Autumn Colours On The Way

My first cache attempt in the woods was a DNF, but I met a couple of  cachers there while I was looking. None of us could locate the box, but we had a good chat and moved on our separate ways.

A Leaning Tree In Hartswood
A Leaning Tree In Hartswood

Thankfully I had more success with other hides in the wood, including this box with a travel bug which I picked up to move along. Someone’s  celebrating their 10,000th find with this traveller!

Travellers In The Box
Travellers In The Box

I’m a bit stingy and the parking cost in Thorndon Country Park is rather steep, so instead of moving the car again, I continued walking south and carried on to a few more hides in the centre and west of the park which I haven’t visited before. This one was a riot of choice – but I did find the right pine cone in the end!

Whiche Cone Is It?
Whiche Cone Is It?

Thorndon One is an excellent hide – a nice big ammo box awaits. But what’s this? How do I get in? The answer is, you have to find the keys which have been hidden close by to unlock the log inside! A very well crafted cache which certainly deserved a favourite point.

Tricky To Unpick!
Tricky To Unpick!

There were more travellers to be seen in another hide nearby, this time a conventional Tupperware box.

More Swag & Coins
More Swag & Coins

Another well-crafted box was this fake birdbox – which looked very convincing – until you pulled the front off to reveal a pot inside!

Another Cunning Hide
Another Cunning Hide

I was aiming for a minor milestone of 6,600 today, and the birdbox took me to 6,599. So I hot-footed it over to Warley for a final find to bring up my total. Then I had a long walk back to the car! But it had been a fun day out.

Final Box Of The Day
Final Box Of The Day

Day #342 – A Day Of Challenges

Trad: 2 Challenge: 13
Walked: 8.9 miles

I took a long and winding route back to Essex from West Sussex to pick up some specific Challenge Caches and Church Micros. My first appointment was with unfinished Village Sign business in Bramber – having calculated the numbers yesterday with Ken, we ran out of time to look for the pot. But it was a quick find today.

Bramber VS
Bramber VS

The main target of the day were the Wizardarious Challenges, south west of Pullborough. Thankfully, I found all those for which I qualified (I don’t like signing them unless I have), which was a relief because a couple were pretty tricky.

Wizardarious Challenges
Wizardarious Challenges

Another one which was on the radar was It’s All About The Numbers Challenge near Midhurst. I had qualified easily enough, but the actual hide was anything but easy. First there was a long bushwhacking walk down a green lane to contend with. The foliage was sopping wet due to the rain and hailstorm which started just before I arrived at the parking spot!

Once at GZ I realised I would have to scramble up a very steep bank to grab the cache. It wasn’t pretty, either on the way up or the way down but nobody was watching. A wet bum later, the job was done!

All About The Numbers Challenge
All About The Numbers Challenge

Church Micro No. 1 – Earlswood has been on my to do list for a while now. I wasn’t exactly passing, but it was as close as I’ve been for ages, so I made the detour and picked up the numbers from the church.

CM1 - Earlswood
CM1 – Earlswood

The hide itself is in a rather cheeky bird box a little way away. Nicely done! And good to have finally visited the place where the mighty Church Micro series began.

Cunning Birdbox Hide
Cunning Birdbox Hide

There were a few other odds and ends before heading home, this time in Surrey. I found these curious Puzztox tokens but realised they wanted to stay in Surrey, so I didn’t take them away.

Puzztox In A Box
Puzztox In A Box

Day #163 – Hullbridge Half Dozen

Trad: 4 Multi: 2
Walked: 5.1 miles

I planned a trip to Hullbridge this afternoon, for a walk along the sea wall to pick up half a dozen caches. The first was a multi, Sitting With Nature, for which I’ve had the co-ords for several months. An easy spot once at GZ.

Effective Stickoflage
Effective Stickoflage

Next up was a lovely bird box hide, Scouting Tweets, further along the path. It was quite a way from the posted co-ords and involved a little bit of fiddling to get it open, but the box inside was big enough to let a travel bug go on its way.

Shoe Sets Off
Shoe Sets Off

Then I headed off in the opposite direction to pick up a few more. Down To Earth did exactly what it said on the “tin” – a great bit of camo for a cache hidden in plain sight.

Down To Earth
Down To Earth

The main reason for heading this way today was to pick up The Brandy Hole, a cache which was set the day I joined geocaching.com, which would qualify me for a Challenge Cache. It was quite a walk from the others along a very muddy sea wall path.

Once I arrived, I couldn’t find the cache anywhere to begin with. Widening my search, I found a very sorry looking box with no lid, 30 feet from the co-ords. It was full of horrible, black, slimy water, and the contents were either ruined through being wet or scattered about on the ground. Oh dear! I’ll have to inform the CO that it needs a bit of attention.

A Slimy Mess!
A Slimy Mess!

I was pleased to have had a walk in the sunshine today, there seems to be so little of it about at the moment, so I was glad to have made the most of it.

Day #158 – Ding Dong Merrily On High

Trad: 1 Multi: 2
Walked: 6.3 miles

I needed just three cache finds today to reach 3999 to be ready for 4000 tomorrow. So we went to Brentwood and mopped up a couple of hides which I had recently DNF’d and the long multi, Brentwood Town Trail.

Ding Dong!
Ding Dong!

The first one we managed to find was the doorbell multi, Ding Dong – the batteries were rather flat but we got there in the end. The Town Trail took quite a while so we stopped off for some lunch after finding that, and then set off for Scouting Out Merrymead, which was an easy find this time. No idea why I missed it last time!