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Gosfield & Broak’s Wood

Trad: 11
Walked: 6.4 miles

I headed to Gosfield today to find some caches in the area, it’s not somewhere I find myself very often. My first target was the Village SIgn trad – and I got a bonus two for the price of one on film pots here!

BoGoF At VS Gosfield!
BoGoF At VS Gosfield!

Next I went searching for a trio of trads in the little woodland to the east of the village. I found some great hides and some natural sights too – including the first spot of a decent Fly agaric specimen this season.

Fly Agaric En Route
Fly Agaric En Route

Next I relocated to the footpath north of Great Spanseys Wood to find another trio of trads. Two were in the Something Fishy series – and I certainly found something here, although it wasn’t fishy!

Stick 'Em Up
Stick ‘Em Up

The next was supposed to be a Mighty Oak, but all I found was a small plastic tree! Well, it was inside the cache, so I guess that’s OK.

Odd Little Tree
Odd Little Tree

Broak’s Wood was next on my agenda. The hides were a bit tricky, and some of the undergrowth was a bit hard going. I was amused to stumble across this “seat” dedicated to Vera along the way!

For Vera
For Vera

Autumn is really taking hold now, with turning leaves and dampness in the air, but it’s a very photogenic time of year, so I’m not complaining.

Autumn Is Here
Autumn Is Here

Into The Woods & A Colne Ramble

Trad: 7
Walked: 9 miles

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!

Tricky Find
Tricky Find

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!

No Wind In The Willows Today
No Wind In The Willows Today

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!

Curious Cows
Curious Cows

Day #276 – Aldenham Amble #4

Trad: 14
Walked: 7.4 miles

I had a great haul this evening, having finished work on time and the weather was looking good. I decided to go back to south of Aldenham (around North Watford) and finish off the last of the Moosey’s Trail caches, plus find a few of the intertwined Bernard’s Stroll series. It ended up a curious mix of urban caches and more rural hides.

Abstract Art
Abstract Art

Above was some appealing peeling plaster under a bridge close to one cache. Below, the sun was beginning to set as I passed this copse of trees.

Sunset Through The Trees
Sunset Through The Trees

There were some decent sized boxes as well as a few micros thrown in. I was able to find somewhere suitable for this trackable burger to continue its journey.

Burger In A Box
Burger In A Box

I was pleased to be able to find 14 caches this evening, this is bringing my total closer and closer to the elusive 5000 mark. I’m thinking about which cache I would like to find for the milestone. Watch this space!

Day #213 – Essex Way Reborn

Trad: 7
Walked: 2.8 miles

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.

Which Way To Willingale?
Which Way To Willingale?

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.

Big Sky & Sunshine
Big Sky & Sunshine

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!

Which Way For The Essex Way?
Which Way For The Essex Way?
My Walking Companion
My Walking Companion

Day #201 – Busy Day, Sizes

Trad: 7 Letterbox: 1 Earth: 1 Virtual: 1
Walked: 6.8 miles

Back to caching solo today. I decided to go to Epping Forest and Chingford to search out caches of all seven sizes, which would qualify me for two Challenge Caches. To include a virtual as well as the physical sizes, I targeted Lizzie’s Hunting Shack in Chingford, and then saw which other caches were available nearby.

The “Not Chosen” size was covered by the Loughton Camp Earthcache, interesting earthworks in the depths of the forest.

Loughton Camp Earthcache
Loughton Camp Earthcache

The next cache was an oldie from 2005 with a nice big box.

An Old Trad
An Old Trad
Lots Of Lovely Swag
Lots Of Lovely Swag

Pick Up A Penguin was my favourite of the day, a new Letterbox hide with a lovely stamp and lots of goodies in the box.

Pick Up A Penguin!
Pick Up A Penguin!

From rural hides to start with, I moved on to urban hides in Chingford to grab the final two sizes which I needed. Job done!

Day #178 – Licence To Take It Easy

Trad: 1
Walked: 1.0  miles

In the last five days, despite it being January, I’ve cached in Kent (twice), Berkshire, Oxfordshire (twice), Bucks, Milton Keynes and Herts; found 131 caches and walked a little over 46 miles. So today I thought I had earned a rest and would find something much closer to home to maintain my geostreak!

The View From GZ
The View From GZ

The new hide in Galleywood, Licence To Ride by The Avenue Two fitted the bill nicely. It was a quick find and I was able to tick off a cache for the geostreak then get home to get on with the things I should have been doing over the past five days!

Day #93 – Brentwood Urban Hides

Trad: 5
Walked: 3.6 miles

27th October 2015
27th October 2015

I decided to head to Brentwood for a few urban hides today. The first was A Walk In The Park. An easy enough find once I’d negotiated a hefty ditch to find my way to GZ.

A Cache In Hiding
A Cache In Hiding

The next was Horsing Around – another quick find but I lingered a while as there were three friendly horses nearby who came to say hello.

Horsing Around
Horsing Around

The last three were a bit further into Brentwood, definitely more of the urban variety, but thankfully I wasn’t muggled at all and found them with no DNF’s. Yay!

Day #31 – Combing The Haystack

Traditional: 1
Walked: 4.2 miles

26th August 2015
26th August 2015

Another cache I decided to revisit after DNF’ing a while ago, A Metaphorical Needle In The Proverbial Haystack. I completely fouled this up the first time and have been ignoring it ever since! I was nearly barking up the wrong tree again this time, having mis-interpreted the clue.

This time I decided to trust the GPS rather than taking notice of the hint. And there it was. Yay!

There was some lovely evening light along the footpath at the side of the Golf Course.

Needle In A Haystack
Near The Needle In A Haystack