I was back in Elstree today for work, and decided to mop up a few more of the Into The Woods series in Radlett afterwards. I didn’t need to go near any woods this evening though, as they were three urban hides around the town. Found, signed and returned… I was passing this old water fountain and
I had to go to Elstree again today for work, but had a bit of time to spare before arriving this morning. Just enough time to bag a couple of trads in London Colney.
The first was along the river but the co-ords seemed to be a bit wayward, so it took a little bit of faffing about to locate the box. Eventually it was in my paws!
The second was along the river in the opposite direction, called The Wind In The Willows. Well I saw the willows but there wasn’t much wind!
After I had finished at Elstree, I relocated to Radlett for a series called Into The Woods. It was a mixed bag of success, with a few finds but a couple of annoying DNFs. There were also cows, but thankfully they were the other side of a sturdy fence, even if it did look like they wanted to gang up on me!
Today’s mission was for a few drive-bys around Elstree. I stopped off for a quick find in Shenley before work, and then another 4 around Radlett and Aldenham on the way home.
HightPoint (Herts) was the biggest box I’d found in a while, and a golden oldie from 2002. It was probably a nice spot when it was originally placed, but the location now suffers a bit from fly-tipping. Sad, but the box is still hidden pretty well, so the muggles haven’t noticed it.
I also picked up a 2005-vintage cache from someone’s front garden today. If you phoned a number they were supposed to come out and give you a prize token of some sort, but nobody was in when I rang! Oh well…
Back on 1st May, when I reached The Big 5K, I had found the Letchmore Loop Bonus cache and a few more. But there were still some outstanding from the south eastern part of the loop, so today I decided to tackle them after work.
There were some easy finds and a couple of tricky ones, mainly along footpaths through the fields around Letchmore. One particularly nice stretch was through an orchard.
I gave up at No. 5 which was a very tricky beast, but managed to find all the others I tackled this evening. The final stretch back towards the car was easy enough walking – I was grateful, since the previous field was very uneven and rutted and I was terrified of twisting an ankle as I picked my way slowly across it!
There is always time for one or two more, so after my main walk, I drove back through Radlett on the way to the M25 and picked up Coal Post #42 and another nearby trad.
Today’s find was an oldie called Chestnut View, hidden along a footpath between Shenley and Radlett in July 2002. It’s still quietly sitting there waiting to be discovered.
To be honest, the view wasn’t great, so I didn’t make a photo at GZ, but there were some nice bluebells along the way. Most were inside the fenced-off private woodland through which the public footpath passes. But one or two had self-seeded on the path side of the fence. Here’s one for the album, taken with my new Lensbaby Composer/Sweet 35 lens combo which arrived today: