Litlington Logistics, Cambridgeshire

The Man had spotted this circuit a while back and since the weather forecast was for bright, sunny weather we had planned a day of geocaching. So with our backpacks packed with coffee, tea and snacks, we headed off on our adventure.

After parking in a nearby road we headed down a wide track to the first location and the cache was soon spotted, logged and replaced. This first cache was near to a display board which mentioned the nearby clunch pit (a small quarry where local people could dig and mine out their own clunch – a chalky material used for building. This was interesting but on the same board was information which interested me even more. Very close by was an area know as ‘Heavens Walls’ an area which had been unearthed in 1821 when some local men had discovered a rectangular space lined with flint rock and Roman walls which enclosed 200 urns and funeral vessels – a skeleton had also been found with a coin between its teeth. Apparently (and not surprisingly) the area was treated with equal awe and dread and local people didn’t go near or by after dark for fear of meeting unearthly or supernatural beings.

After reading the board we headed up a wide lane which contained many cowslip plants.

All the caches had all been placed to be found so most were an easy spot.

Since the sun was shining brightly many butterflies were on the wing and although they are constantly on the move, I did manage to photograph a few, like this Tortoiseshell…

And this Brimstone,

A couple of the caches were very neat, like this lizard cache,

This bee cache,

And this multi insect cache,

I also loved this ‘grass’ covered cache,

I also spotted what I think is a Morele mushroom,

And even managed to photograph two hover-flies mating,

The ladybirds were also out in force,

The walk in total was about 7.74 miles but what with the views and fun caches it passed in no time.

We had a few DNFs which is always disappointing but the walk itself was very enjoyable.

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I had personally gained the Denmark souvenir in June 2017, by finding one cache whilst on a girls’ holiday in Århus. In reality ‘finding’ may be too strong a word: I was hopelessly searching (whilst my muggle sister stood alongside me – arms folded) when a friendly Danish lady rushed out from the bar on the road opposite and said ‘it’s here’ and handed it to me 🤦🏼‍♀️ – embarrassing)! However, ‘The Man’ had not gained his souvenir and since this holiday to Copenhagen also coincided with the Cache Carnival souvenir promotion, it was too good an opportunity to miss.

Day one saw blue skies and a quick visit to a nearby park. where I spotted an ugly duckling.

We also managed to bag a quick cache by a statue of the man himself, Hans Christian Anderson.

Day two saw us grab a quick cache prior to a canal boat tour. It was close to a piece of underwater artwork which depicted a mermaid and her children.

The tour itself took us all around the canals and we got to orientate ourselves around the city.

We also managed to grab a few random caches around the town.

Including one physical cache which was very close to the famous Little Mermaid statue.

The cache itself was quite large considering the very busy location but it was no problem for us.

There was also a virtual cache nearby so we accepted the challenge.

We also spent a day in The Tivoli Gardens, which was beautifully landscaped and full of scary rides.

I also spotted a duck with her cute, little ducklings.

It was so much fun in the park that, after a short break in a nearby bar, we popped back in again after dark and stayed until closing time.

The next day we took a train to a nearby aquarium (Den Blå Planet) where we had a full day and we manage to ‘bag’ a cache here too.

The following day, after grabbing a quick cache under a bridge…

…We also paid a visit to Freetown Christiania.

That evening before dinner we grabbed a quick couple of caches in the local train station.

I absolutely loved Copenhagen and will definitely go back there.

Harry Potter – Puzzle series: Strethall

We’ve been trying to get enough cache points to earn all the ‘Cache Carnival’ souvenirs and the easiest way to do this was to find some caches with fifty plus favourite points. When I spotted that this series were also puzzle caches, I made it my mission to complete the puzzles. Cue me looking confused and scribbling on endless bits of paper at work…

After utilising all my brain power, I’d managed to solve six out of seven of the puzzles. I was stuck on a maze puzzle and just couldn’t solve it no matter how many times I’d looked at it, but after leaving it in the capable hands of The Man, it was soon solved (although admittedly it took him a while too). It wasn’t even that difficult but it is strange that when you focus on something for too long you often can’t see the wood for the trees. So when the weather looked as though it would be fine for the whole day, off we set with the flask and the geo-snacks.

After parking close by the second cache of the series,we headed off to look for it, but we has no luck! We looked and looked but had to admit defeat and so we walked down a very pleasant hollow alleyway to the first cache.

This was the Philosopher’s Stone cache and it was in a very appropriate container.

After doubling back and re-looking for cache number one, we were again unsuccessful and so headed for number three.

This cache was spotted from the path and was agin in a very cool and appropriate container.

As we approached the next cache we realised that we were passing a chapel so looked to see if there was a church micro- cache, and there there was!

We also spotted a noisy rookery here too.

The next cache was a cute dragon followed by a very cool skull cache.

The next cache was my favourite – The Goblet of Fire – which again was soon in hand.

The day was also full of cool nature spots, like this bumble bee with her proboscis out,

A very delicate bird skull,

A tawny mining bee which I rescued out of a deep puddle,

Once I’d managed to get her out of the water, I put her on a stick to dry off, once she’d recovered she spent some time cleaning off her antenna which was very cute to see.

We then returned back to puzzle one – but third time unlucky! We had to admit defeat and so headed homeward bound.

On the way home we did a couple of drive by caches. Including one at a permanent sheep dip!

One near a toad crossing point,

And a couple of church micros.

Despite the one DNF it was a nice day and a nice walk. The cache has been added to our watch lists and if it proves to still be there, we will head back.

Central London

I’m still desperately trying to complete enough caches in time to collect all the Carnival souvenirs, so since I was heading up to London to meet a friend, I headed for a couple of caches with lots of favourite points to up my point score.

First up was a cache in Trafalgar Square which boasted 1973 favourite points (at time of discovery). After completing a tour of the square and checking out the forth plinth…

…i had an initial search for the cache. There were many people around and initially I was on the wrong level, but once at the right altitude the location was soon spotted, retrieved, signed and replaced.

After my success, I realised I had time to quickly find another cache with a high score before I had to head to Angel, so, after a short, brisk walk to Covent I completed a multi-cache which was again very well hidden.

After retrieving the necessary information from the plaque I retreated to a nearby Pret to calculate the figures (using all my fingers and toes) and soon the cache was located, signed and replaced.

I then headed off to meet my friend for a gin & tonic, then ice cream,then a night at the theatre.

Epping Forest, Essex.

We only felt like doing a couple of caches today (although we are trying to collect the Carnival souvenirs), so we headed off to Epping Forest to complete two multi caches and a ghost cache as these had a few favourite points to add to our friends league scores.

We parked easily enough and headed into the forest where I discovered some forest guardians – standing proud, old tree stumps.

After collecting the clues,

We found the first cache.

Next we headed along the road to find some figures on a nearby Masonic lodge and once The man had done the calculations we were again in luck with a magnetic micro cache.

Finally we headed off to collect the virtual cache at the nearby Queen Elizabeth’s hunting lodge.

This is the only existing royal hunting grandstand in the world. It was built in 1543 for Henry VIII and is free to visit. Inside there are cool displays explaining life in Tudor and Elizabethan times.

You can even dress up in Elizabethan fashion.

Most fascinating to me was that they had found an apotropaic mark on the wood. Typically these were marks scratched into door or window frames to stop witches from entering.

The house also had several stuffed deer.

We didn’t do too badly today and I have over 100 souvenirs and so have gained four souvenirs.

Stich Wander, Bramfield

We headed out into the sunshine to compete a small circuit (Stich Wander) in Bramfield.

Parking the car by the roadside, we headed up a footpath along a wooded area in search of our first cache.

Spring was definitely in the air as all the birds were singing.

My favourite cache of the day was called the hunter and the hunted. We spied what we thought was the cache, only to find we had been tricked,

So we had to look further afield before finding it.

The trees in this part of the woods are all now staring to bud, and we found at last three different species of willow.

Coming to the end of our route, we found this little lady!

This was a great little circuit and a great little piece of woodland to walk.

Butterflies series, Tur Langton

The final day’s weather was cold but essentially fine so we decided to head out a complete a series we had started, but had failed to compete a while back.

After parking at the village hall in Tur Langton, we started to walk along the road and then across the fields to our first cache. The excessive rain overnight had made the fields very muddy so in places it was hard work but the views more than made up for it.

We made good progress and found most of the caches we looked for.

My favourite find of the day was the zombie cache.

And I also discovered outbuildings similar to those from a recently observed episode of Hannibal.

On the way back from this series we decided to clear up a few nearby random caches and a few DNF from The Foxton Frolics – which we found no problem!

On the way home we also stopped by some Civil War memorials, with very scary signage.