When The Essex Way Series was archived suddenly a few weeks ago, I was quite disappointed as I still had at least half of the 450-cache 81-mile route to walk.
Other local cachers were disappointed too, and a couple have now “adopted” the cache locations and republished them, to give 81 hides between Willingale and Pleshey.
At lunchtime I decided to have a little walk to collect the first seven, starting in Willingale. it was a lovely day for it, even though the going underfoot was rather muddy in places – a bit different from when I last walked this stretch back in July!
This one has been on my list to do for a while. Having gathered the required info I quickly calculated the final and set off. Arrived to find a biggish tree surrounded by a prickly thicket. Did my best to search but it clearly wasn’t there.
So I looked again at my co-ords – and despite having calculated them correctly, I had input them into the GPS incorrectly. D’oh! Easy find as dusk was falling once I was at the proper place, but the “micro” appeared to be a Church Small in reality!
I devised a circular route between Cold Norton and Stow Maries for my walk today. I bagged a dozen caches in just over 8 miles, so while the cache-to-distance ratio wasn’t high, I did enjoy a lovely stroll along the disused railway and up a hill overlooking the old Stow Maries Aerodrome. I even saw some biplanes buzzing about in the sky!
Once atop the hill to the east of Hawe’s Wood, I found the cache just as the sun was beginning to set behind the clouds.