Yesterday I hastily arranged an outing with Kitty!! and Mr Crow to do some more of the revived Essex Way caches today. We started a little bit west of Pleshey (at No. 21) and finished at Great Leighs (No. 75).
The track was mainly easy going, with few mud patches along the way. We met a some bikers along the way who were churning up the track.
Ray did a lot of the finding as he went striding ahead, while Anne & I enjoyed the walk – occasionally having to come to the rescue to find a difficult one which eluded him!
We were pleased with our 52-cache haul at Great Leighs and retired to the lovely Snug Café in High Easter for a well-earned pot of tea and a panini.
While we were refuelling, I mentioned that I needed 75 caches for a challenge cache and Anne suggested it was worth keeping going as I was 2/3rds of the way there already. So they dropped me at Good Easter to walk another section which they had already completed.
I bagged another 18 caches along this stretch, and realised I was still 5 short of my target, so I stopped off for some drive by caches on the way home. The first was Pleshey Boulders, a new Earthcache which has only been published for a few days.
A few more finds around Chelmsford, finishing at Sandford Mill Lock, finally brought up my best total for the day, 75 caches, and qualified me for another Challenge Cache. Plus, I also earned my 72 finds in a day geocoin, which has been sitting unactivated at home for a few months! I think that makes it a Grand Day Out.
Today I thought it was time to tackle another stretch of The Essex Way. My target location was the caches between Terling (209) and White Notley (235). I clocked up 25 finds and 3 DNF’s, not bad considering I didn’t get off my butt and go out until mid afternoon.
There were a few more urban hides in Terling to begin with, including one at a well-hidden surface block deep inside a hedge! I just about spotted the right place.
Heading north out of Terling brought me to a little wood where someone had built this cool den from branches.
Then the scenery opened up and I was crossing rolling fields towards Fairstead Church in the distance.
The track was pretty level and a good surface under foot by the time I got past Troys Hall and onto Pink Lane. How appropriate to have a pink hat?
Having completed my route to the Faulkbourne Road, I then turned towards Terling again and trudged my way back to the car. A good afternoon out, all in all.
Having been couped up for the past few days with lurgy and only feeling like doing short walks until now, I decided to tackle another stretch of The Essex Way between Berners Roding (No. 093) and High Easter (132) today.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the whole section (which joins two which I’ve already completed) but you know how it is – just one more. In the end the total was 40 Essex Way caches bagged and another five trads along the route, with no DNF’s. Yay!
I also passed another milestone today – 3600 finds with Essex Way #101. I’m well on the way to the big 4K now.
I decided to tackle another stretch of The Essex Way today – this time based on a figure-of-8 loop around Pleshey, a little village to the north west of Chelmsford.
I also picked up some other caches along the route, part of the Pleshey Ring series.
It was getting dark by the time I returned to the car, but the scenery on the walk was lovely and I didn’t mind getting back late – I much prefer afternoon and evening walking during the summer when it’s a bit cooler.
Cache 136 The Essex Way, found today, brought up my 3200th find.
Back on 2nd Jan (before my daily streak began) we had completed the section 160-177 around Great Waltham. So the obvious place to start this time was 178 and work our way to 208 – Chatham Green, south of Great Leighs and onto Fuller Street and Gamble’s Green.
Most of the caches were straightforward but it was nice to have the occasional puzzle or letterbox to add some variety. I sent Alistair into the bushes to find one:
He loves to climb any Pointless Stiles we find on the way. It was a long walk so we enjoyed a pint in the pub at Fuller Street before completing the section and heading back to the car at Chatham Green. A very pleasant walk.