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Essex Way At Epping

Trad: 16
Walked: 8 miles

Another section of The Essex Way has been revived, starting at the beginning in Epping and following the path to Coopersale. It’s a section I never got around to walking the first time around, so I decided to visit today and polish a few off the list. It was easy enough to follow the route, since it is pretty well signposted – even though this one was hiding behind the dreaded vil.

This Way For The Essex Way
This Way For The Essex Way

There were plenty of wide open vistas and an easy to follow path for the most part – and it was dry enough for me to avoid most of the mud!

Wide Flat Path
Wide Flat Path

There is still a bit of a gap between Coopersale and Tool Hill, but let’s hope it gets bridged in the future.

Day #304 – Bolting Round Ulting Again

Trad: 7
Walked: 2.9 miles

When Peverel Blue’s series, Bolting Round Ulting first came out, I decided to do them piecemeal as fillers to keep my geostreak going. But since starting with the first few, plenty more local caches have been published closer to home.

Today I decided to go and collect the remaining 7 trads and their information so I could calculate where the big bonus was hiding.

Past The Orchard
Past The Orchard

Where are you? Ah, there!

Peekaboo!
Peekaboo!

No. 5 was a nice Letterbox pot, I even remembered to take along my own Smiley Stamp to mark up the logbook.

Stamped Up
Stamped Up

After a slightly wrong detour for No. 9, I eventually got the this view of the lake (and found the cache!). One more to collect on the way back to the car and I called it a day there. The calculation for the bonus is a bit involved and I thought it was better to do it at home so I didn’t get it wrong!

Mono Lake (Not Quite Ansel Adams)
Mono Lake (Not Quite Ansel Adams)

It’s good to have most of this series put to bed now, it was a lovely little walk.

Day #284 – Stagden Stagger

Trad: 6
Walked: 4.8 miles

It was very warm today and I didn’t have a lot of energy. Originally I had planned a longer walk, but the temperature and my lethargy put paid to that idea. Instead, I spent the morning pottering around half a dozen hides at Stagden Cross, near High Easter. The sun shone on the yellow fields as I walked.

Blue Sky, Yellow Fields
Blue Sky, Yellow Fields

It beat down on the trees as I searched for the caches.

View From The Trees
View From The Trees

And it made me all hot and bothered until I finally found the illusive last one, which was sitting staring at me from a tree 40ft away from the posted co-ordinates.

Elusive Blighter
Elusive Blighter

I had lunch in Mauro’s Café in Writtle on the way home, and then spent the afternoon relaxing before heading into work for my Night Shift. Tomorrow will be a difficult day for a find, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Day #165 – Back To Pleshey

Trad: 4 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 2.5 miles

Put It Back Safely
Put It Back Safely

When it was grey, grim and pouring with rain this morning, I was doubtful that I would get any sort of walk and had resigned myself to having to use up one of the nearby cache and dash hides for today’s find. But after lunch, the sun came out, and I hot-footed it over to Pleshey to have a look for four recently placed Essex Way Diversion caches.

My first stop, however, was back to the Pleshey Ring Bonus cache which I have DNF’d twice now. I’ve no idea why I made such a hash of it before. With a bit more info from the CO, today I found it quickly.

Sunset Over The Trees
Sunset Over The Trees

The sun was beginning to set by the time I finished, but I was pleased to put another 5 caches on the found list. Pleshey is a lovely place, but it’s a pain in the butt to get to, which is why I decided to mop up all the stragglers today.

I’ve just noticed that the final find today makes 1000 caches since I started my geo-streak on 27th July 2015. Yay!