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Day #293 – Kentish Capers

Trad: 2 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1 Challenge: 12
Letterbox: 2 Event: 1
Walked: 7.3 miles

I had a grand roam around Kent today, picking up specific Challenge caches which I have qualified for around Ebbsfleet, New Barn, New Ash Green (I climbed a tree!), West Kingsdown, Leybourne Lakes and then onto the Kent County Cachers meet #80 near Sittingbourne. Finally, I returned northwards for a few more Challenges around Swanley, Dartford and Bexley! Phew. Another 12 challenges completed!

The View From GZ
The View From GZ

There were some divers training at Leybourne Lakes, not far from one of the caches.

Divers Emerge
Divers Emerge

Shifty The Mega Duck went along to the meetup in the pub. He had to wait ages to be served, I think the bar staff thought he was under age!

Hooky Ducky?
Hooky Ducky?

One of the many footpaths I found today:

Path Across The Fields
Path Across The Fields

Day #166 – Sarf Of The River

Trad: 3 Challenge: 14
Walked: 8.5 miles

The folks in Kent love setting challenge caches, and I have been researching quite a few over the past few months to see if I qualify for logging them. If not, I’ve been working on getting the required finds to complete each challenge. There were a couple of clusters around Ebbsfleet and Swanley which I decided to go and pick up today, in a daring raid sarf of the river.

This year one of my geocaching goals is to attack my DT grid in a big way (at the moment it’s all D and no T), and the happy coincidence of the caches I had planned for today was the prospect of filling up 5 juicy DT squares (the ones in yellow below).

Prospective Grid-Fillers
Prospective Grid-Fillers
I See You!
I See You!

The first find took a little bit of searching, in the Numbers Challenge series near Ebbsfleet. The last one was near some big earth moving machines – so I got to observe boys playing in the dirt!

Playing With Dirt
Playing With Dirt

While I was in the area, I also picked up a few traditional hides which were along the route. Some were less soggy than others!

Soggy But Signable
Soggy But Signable

Having completed my to do list around Ebbsfleet, I moved on to Swanley where I picked up another three high DT combinations, making a success at all five of my DT targets. In total I bagged 14 challenge caches as well, which also met another two challenge cache criteria (find 10 challenge caches, and find 10 in a day). I also completed a day with all nine D1-D5 ratings, which set me up for another challenge to pick up later. So all in all a very worthwhile outing!

There are plenty more Challenges for which I qualify in Kent, so I’ll be back. Watch this space.