Hartswood & Thorndon

Trad: 8
Walked: 9.0 miles

Today I had a great roam around the outskirts of Brentwood and then Harts Wood and Thorndon Country park, finding 8 traditional caches, which were some great hides.

I started off with two caches to the north east of Brentwood. The first was called Jumbo and was a particularly on-theme container!

Heffalump Hide!
Heffalump Hide!

Next up was a little box which went by the name of DEH1 – not sure what it all meant, but it had some nice little goodies inside.

Pretty Things In The Box
Pretty Things In The Box

I moved the car and parked just to the north of Hartswood itself. The Autumn colours were out in full force!

Autumn Colours On The Way
Autumn Colours On The Way

My first cache attempt in the woods was a DNF, but I met a couple of  cachers there while I was looking. None of us could locate the box, but we had a good chat and moved on our separate ways.

A Leaning Tree In Hartswood
A Leaning Tree In Hartswood

Thankfully I had more success with other hides in the wood, including this box with a travel bug which I picked up to move along. Someone’s  celebrating their 10,000th find with this traveller!

Travellers In The Box
Travellers In The Box

I’m a bit stingy and the parking cost in Thorndon Country Park is rather steep, so instead of moving the car again, I continued walking south and carried on to a few more hides in the centre and west of the park which I haven’t visited before. This one was a riot of choice – but I did find the right pine cone in the end!

Whiche Cone Is It?
Whiche Cone Is It?

Thorndon One is an excellent hide – a nice big ammo box awaits. But what’s this? How do I get in? The answer is, you have to find the keys which have been hidden close by to unlock the log inside! A very well crafted cache which certainly deserved a favourite point.

Tricky To Unpick!
Tricky To Unpick!

There were more travellers to be seen in another hide nearby, this time a conventional Tupperware box.

More Swag & Coins
More Swag & Coins

Another well-crafted box was this fake birdbox – which looked very convincing – until you pulled the front off to reveal a pot inside!

Another Cunning Hide
Another Cunning Hide

I was aiming for a minor milestone of 6,600 today, and the birdbox took me to 6,599. So I hot-footed it over to Warley for a final find to bring up my total. Then I had a long walk back to the car! But it had been a fun day out.

Final Box Of The Day
Final Box Of The Day