Bullwell, Nottingham

We had spotted these caches the previous day and had them ear- marked them for a days caching.

We started the day by getting the tram to the local station and then walking the short distance to the first cache. The GPS was a little out for us so initially we couldn’t find the first one and went on to do the second. There were two paths here an upper one and a lower one and because of the GPS issues it was very hard to decided which was the correct path. But with perseverance and much searching (and much climbing between the two pathways) we eventually found the first two caches.

All of the caches had been placed with much care and great thought had gone into all of them. No two caches were the same and the clues were quite cryptic in places so it was a challenging but enjoyable circuit. One of the caches I actually had had in my hands twice (I really thought I had studied it but clearly I hadn’t) as when The Man looked at it, he found it straight away! How irritating!

After finding a few more we popped into a local Tesco’s for a ‘comfort break’ where we saw the most polite sign aimed at shop lifters!

We then headed back out to do some more caching and stumbled across this weird object. Very odd!

After this bizarre find we continued onwards. One of the next caches had us stumped for ages. We’d looked back at previous logs, taken and tried to match our photographs with previous catchers and searched everywhere. Eventually we found the cache more by luck as I thought I had spotted a pupae casing on a bit of wood! It turned out (luckily for us) to be the cache.

One cache we didn’t hope to find had several DNFs in its log so when we got the the GZ we weren’t hopeful, but luckily I spotted it fairly quickly (mainly as I noticed it was a different type of wood from the others nearby).

This was a great circuit with (unfortunately for us) three DNFs but I’m sure we’ll be back very soon!

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Thames walk – Battersea

We hadn’t really intended doing any geocaching today but after our visit to Battersea dogs home was cut short we decided to walk back along the Thames.

After a cup of tea in Battersea Park (where we found a geocache and a travel bug!) we visited the Peace Pagoda.

We then proceeded to walk along the Thames…

… where we found all the caches we looked for – another 9 ticked off the list 😁.

Caistor St. Edmunds

We parked the car and visited the historical site of the Celtic Village of Icenorum – finding many insects like the thick legged flower beetle…

and demoiselle dragonflies …

We then headed across the main road to the farm based caches.

The whole area was well signposted with information about the flora and fauna along the route.

‘The Man’ had fun finding the caches.

We also found a wild wasps nest in a hollow tree,

…and an interesting spotted longhorn beetle,

plus we saw many varieties of bee,

We finished off the day with a cream tea in a local church. Delicious!

And The Man and I are agreed that this is definitely the best way to finish a day’s geocaching.

Bamfield – Hertfordshire.

We only needed a few caches to complete the Hidden Creatures final souvenir (and I only needed two to get my 2,000th cache, so we headed off to do a fairly local circuit. We parked close to the first cache where I soon spotted this cute little critter.

We then did the ‘fine pair’ cache and headed through the churchyard to do the church micro. There were some very cool grotesques on the church.

After bagging the church micro we headed off to complete the walk. The day was again boiling hot with butterflies, moths and insects galore.

After walking through a field of growing peas,

We headed into a cool and secluded wooded area where people had been constructing shelters made from fallen branches.

We found all the caches in the woods included this baldly spelled log book.

All the caches were in very good condition,

And we saw some cool insects,

All in all this was a great little circuit and I am the proud holder of both my 2,000 cache and The World Turtle Hidden creatures souvenir.

Sandon Sloth

Today’s outing was intended to whittle down the last few finds to enable us to complete the summer challenge and collect all the hidden creatures.

We parked in Sandon itself and headed to the church years to start our walk. It was here that I saw Dark Mullein…

…unmistakable with its yellow flowers and purple hairs on the stamens. It was in semi shade on the edge of the graveyard and the bees were loving it.

After a short walk down part of The Ickneild Way (which luckily was in compete shade), our first cache was in hand.

The hoverflies were certainly enjoying the sun,

Me – less so. It was way too hot!

The day was great though and we found all of the caches we looked for.

Including a few really cool ones – my heart sank when I opened this one but luckily it was found on our second attempt – pure luck! 🍀

This next one was a bit scary,

We also fond some wild hazelnuts (or cobnuts).

And this beautiful banded snail.

Lots of butterflies were ‘on the wing’ today too. Including this Red Admiral,

This large White,

And This Ringlet.

We saw this cool fungus too (yet to be identified)

We also heard an odd screech sound and as we came round the bend it came from a barn owl box. We didn’t disturb them but I felt really privileged to hear the babies waiting for their feed.

My favourite cache of the day came in the shape of my favourite vegetable – broccoli 🥦

Best of all though The Man found his 2,000th cache 🎉

We saw many bees out today (which is great to see).

All in all it was a great day with a few more caches under our belts.

Old Coach Road & Cole Green (add on)

The day started with this cute signage (which I’d never seen before…

… then we headed off to the first cache.

Whilst out caching the Cole Green Add-ons we saw a barn owl quartering in full sunlight. This is the best photo I could get! 😂🦉

We also managed to complete a nice puzzle cache with this little guy as our helper.

After completing The Coal Green Add- ons, we stopped for a quick drink at The Cowper Arms. The only cache we didn’t find today was the one closest to the pub! (but a cacher after us also didn’t find it so I think it’s gone AWOL)

We then headed off to complete The Old Coach Road. All these caches were found so here is a picture of The Man doing his thing!

We saw some cool little bugs like this ladybird…

…and this little Oak Bush Cricket who obligingly day still for a couple of photographs.

So apart from the DNF we now have a nice line of smiley faces.

Bugs Wander – Secombe

As there were new souvenirs to find (the hidden creatures event) we headed out in the heat and the bright and glorious sunshine.

We parked at the nearby church (having had a look at both the interior of the church and the graveyard and headed out.

The first cache was the church micro which we found no problem. Our real circuit however was The Bugs Wander which consisted of a circuit of 23 bug themed caches (some of which are shown below).

Along the route we found the usual beautiful flora and fauna of the UK.

I guess that is part of the attraction of caching for me. You get a long walk in the countryside where your caching instincts are tested (using the old grey matter 🧠) plus all your senses are stimulated by the nature you experience.

You also find random spots and pathways that you never would have gone to if it wasn’t for caching.

The Man found several of the caches.

We also found two travel bugs…

…and even met two fellow catchers who were doing the same circuit as us.

After competing the circuit we headed off to do a lone cache at Tonwell (a drive by cache and dash).

We then celebrated our finds with a quick pint at nearby pub in Chapmore End.

It’s amazing when you realise that the nearby field of barley will one day be transformed into beer!

We called it quits and decided to head for home but then realised we were only five points away from the next ‘hidden creature’ souvenir, so we drove to Bengeo where we noticed a line of five caches along a road. These were soon in hand – so the next souvenir was gained! Plus we discovered more cool insects.

This was great circuit and a really fantastic walk. We will defiantly be coming back to see how the area changes with the seasons. But here is an update of souvenirs.