Dorset Dally

Trad: 5 Challenge: 6 Virtual: 3
Walked: 11 miles

It was my last day in Hampshire and Dorset today, so I made the most of it by running round like a mad thing picking up the last caches which were on my list – a mixture of virtuals, challenges and a few others as I was passing. I started off heading further south west, to pick up a D1/T4 Loop 2 grid filler, The Bear Necessities Of Life. There were even bears inside! Awesome.

Bear Necessities!
Bear Necessities!

Next I headed to Minstead Church, situated in a quiet village just off the busy A31.

Minstead Church
Minstead Church

I was looking for a Virtual cache dedicated to the author of a famous Detective. Can you guess who?

Elementary, My Dears
Elementary, My Dears

Next I headed for another Virtual, this time on Hengistbury Head, an outcrop of rock overlooking Christchurch Harbour. Just as I got out of the car, it started raining! Drat.

Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head

The rain continued, on and off, for much of the day. I also enjoyed locating several trads and Challenge Caches along the route of the old railway between Upton and Broadstone, north east of Poole. I was particularly pleased so spot The Fat Controller – or perhaps he is a frustrated commuter – in one of the caches.

The Fat Controller?
The Fat Controller?

Other wildlife spotted included this huge red beetle! Thankfully, it was just plastic.

Big Bug!
Big Bug!

The irony of walking past a solar farm in the pouring rain is not lost on me! By this time I was east of Ferndown looking for a trio of Challenges by DizzyPair. There are one or two more in the area which I don’t yet qualify for, so perhaps I will be back on a sunny day sometime!

Not Generating Much Today!
Not Generating Much Today!

My final find, as it turned out, was another Virtual at Florence Nightingale’s Grave. Here I am, posing under a brolly!

With Florence, In The Rain
With Florence, In The Rain

As if I wasn’t already wet enough, I decided to attempt another grid filler – this time a D2.5/T4.5. I even donned my waders, but the cache was out of reach and I didn’t feel it was safe to go climbing on my own, so I left it be – it’s only a cache!

It was a rather soggy drive back home, but I had a great 4 days finding some unusual stuff in an area I don’t get to very often. A grand road trip!