Kensington Stroll

Trad: 2 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 7.6 miles

It’s getting dark early now that the clocks have gone back. That didn’t stop me going for a nice 4-cache walk from Westminster to Kensington this evening after work. It’s funny how different London’s streets look after dark – but it also provides some cover from muggles who tend to ignore what you are doing.

The End Of The Road
The End Of The Road

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

The Ballpoint Pen

Trad: 2 Event: 1
Walked: 2 miles

The M25 is 30 years old today. Some mad cachers had arranged several events around the motorway to celebrate the event, and I decided to attend the one in Warley, being my nearest.

One of the hardest parts was finding somewhere to park and walk to the venue! But once I arrived, I saw it was a small but select gathering under a gazebo in Warley Country Park.

Ballpoint Pen Event
Ballpoint Pen Event

We were given some nice wooden coins celebrating other notable events which occurred on 29th October in other years. In this case, it was dedicated to the Ballpoint Pen. Fred the geo-dog has got his and won’ let it go…

Geo-Fred Holds His Wooden Coin
Geo-Fred Holds His Wooden Coin

I stopped off for another couple of nearby while I was in the area. One was in the old Lorne Cemetry where the little chapel looked a bit sorry for itself.

By Lorne Lawn
By Lorne Lawn

Village Signs Success

Trad: 3 Multi: 4 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 4 miles

I had a great day wandering around picking up some new Village Signs set by Fenners1984. I knew four of them had already had finds, but there were still some FTFs up for grabs. In the end I had success at Great Baddow, Sandon and Little Waltham, all multis.

FTF No. 45 - VS Sandon
FTF No. 45 – VS Sandon

VS Little Baddow
VS Little Baddow
FTF No. 46 - VS Little Waltham
FTF No. 46 – VS Little Waltham
VS Little Waltham
VS Little Waltham

Having also found the others which had already fallen, I now had all the numbers I needed to go for the puzzle of VS Writtle. I was delighted to find FTF No. 47 there.

FTF No. 47 - VS Writtle
FTF No. 47 – VS Writtle

That lead to the final location for VS Chelmsford – again, another FTF, No. 48. A nice little linked series and five FTFs in the bag, a fun outing.

FTF No. 48 - VS Chelmsford
FTF No. 48 – VS Chelmsford

Abbotts Langley Monopoly

Trad: 13 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 7 miles

After a few hours at Elstree for work this afternoon, I decided to head to Abbotts Langley to find a few more caches by geobike. They were mainly in the AL Monopoly series (since all archived) but there were a few others too. The pretty little church of St. Paul’s in Langleybury was one of the first – not actually a Church Micro but still a nice hide.

St Paul's Church, Langleybury
St Paul’s Church, Langleybury

The local phone box has been turned into a little library, where I found a very interesting read hidden on the shelves!

Clever Phone Box Library Cache
Clever Phone Box Library Cache

Another nice caching session, and the bike made things much quicker to get around.

A Trip To Gillywig Territory

Trad: 6 Multi: 2 Puzzle: 9
Walked: 8.1 miles

I had a bunch of gillywig puzzles sitting on the solved-not-found pile, so thought today would be a good opportunity to go and pick them up.

On a whim, I contacted Grahame who happened to be free, so we met up and he was a great guide to the area. One of the best of his we looked for was the hilarious If I Can You Can. Seeing the CO unable to get the log out was worth the FP in itself.

Doing The Can-Can
Doing The Can-Can

Tri-Via-L Pursuit was also on the agenda. A most ingenious puzzle which it was great to tick off the list.

Tri-Via? But Which Way First?
Tri-Via? But Which Way First?

A non-gillywig hide was eventually spotted under this pile of crumbling bark – where I had a DNF last summer. GZ had changed significantly, but at least I located it this time.

Remains Of A Tree
Remains Of A Tree

There was some odd swag in one cache but the tie looked a tad mouldy. I left it be!

Mouldy Swag!
Mouldy Swag!

All in all a great day out with great company.

Belfairs Bimble

Trad: 20 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 9.3 miles

I noticed a nice crop of caches I hadn’t found around Belfairs Park the other day, so I decided to head there today to see what I could pick up.

Worth A Root Around?
Worth A Root Around?

A few were in obvious places, can you see where it is yet?

Sticky Situation?
Sticky Situation?

I did have the feeling I was being watched at one point…

Watcher In The Woods
Watcher In The Woods

There were some good sized caches – this was the biggest I’ve found in a while! There was some decent swag in there too, but I left it be as I didn’t have anything with me to swap.

A Nice Big Jar
A Nice Big Jar