Trad: 6 Virtual: 7
Walked: 8.7 miles
Before driving up to the North East for this trip, I had done some research and realised there were quite a few old Virtual caches in the area. So today I persuaded Alistair to come with me on a road trip to visit as many as we could manage, plus finding a few trads in counties or cities which were missing from my map.
The first Virtual on the list was a short trip across the Tyne in Jarrow, to Spirit of Jarrow (Tyne & Wear), commemorating the Jarrow March.
Next up was a pair in Middlesborough – first the Transporter Bridge, (which I had visited before I knew about caching), so it was nice to return and have another look.
Then we walked into the centre of town to visit Alistair’s own Virtual cache, Spectra txt, But Is It Art? He’s not looking very happy about it!
The lovely little village of Yarm was our next stop, to pick up Under Water? (Cleveland).
Alistair had already found quite a few of the virtuals we wanted to visit, but not Steam Bricks (Co. Durham) – so next, we headed for the impressive sculpture of the train made from bricks on the outskirts of Darlington.
We then moved the car and had a walk into the centre of Darlington to visit Town Tie Up. More gurning for the camera….
Our last location was the surprisingly difficult virtual at Hurworth-on-Tees, Clocks That Never Need Winding Up. We eventually spotted the required three sundials as the light was beginning to fade!
So all in all a very enjoyable virtual geo-tour around the area. There are still some more which I can target for my next visit, but for the moment, that takes my total above 50, which qualifies me for another Challenge cache. Yay!