I noticed a couple of new multis have sprung up in Fyfield recently, so this afternoon I decided to head over the for a little walk.
The first was along a track to the north west of the village which I hadn’t really explored before. The cache was soon in hand once I had done the number-crunching.
The second was a multi starting at Canon’s Green. It was a bit tricky to spot the info I needed (the hint as to what I was looking for was pretty cryptic). But eventually the penny dropped and I headed off up a short section of The Essex Way – familiar territory here from a previous visit a while ago. The Viking Treasure was soon located!
While I was in the area, I also scouted out resetting a section of The Essex Way between a stretch starting just south of Canon’s Green along to Willingale, to meet up with PeCeH‘s section there. All the pots were still in place from when they were originally archived, so I replaced the logs with fresh ones and went home to publish 15 caches under the title of Essex Way Redux. All in all a good day’s work.
I teamed up with Kitty!! and Mr Crow for another outing today. We decided to go for the latest section of Essex Way caches to be revived, between Cressing and Coggeshall. Handy having two cars, leaving one at each end.
Most of the pots were easy enough but one or two needed a bit more of a search.
Mr Crow was usually up ahead so we often spotted him grovelling in a bush or behind a telegraph pole before emerging with a pot in hand.
We spotted some fluffy friends along the way – Alpacas, I think.
Occasionally, when Mr Crow couldn’t find one, Kitty would dive in and have a look instead. I think I got to look for a couple!
We enjoyed our walk and the views – especially the rickety old bridge along the river.
There was also a hilarious incident at No. 18, which is probably best explained by reading my log. A fave for sure! Forty in the bag today, but that was definitely the most memorable.
Another section of The Essex Way has been revived, starting at the beginning in Epping and following the path to Coopersale. It’s a section I never got around to walking the first time around, so I decided to visit today and polish a few off the list. It was easy enough to follow the route, since it is pretty well signposted – even though this one was hiding behind the dreaded vil.
There were plenty of wide open vistas and an easy to follow path for the most part – and it was dry enough for me to avoid most of the mud!
There is still a bit of a gap between Coopersale and Tool Hill, but let’s hope it gets bridged in the future.
More and more of the archived Essex Way series are being resurrected by various cachers along the route. Recently a new section between Fairstead and White Notley has come back online, placed by Potternut. So today I took Alistair along for the walk – it’s great to have him visiting again for a week.
Here he is, doing his best impression of a Munchkin, due to an unfortunate camera angle and a wide-angle lens! Made me laugh…
We also visited the new Earthcache in White Notley – all about the Puddingstone – yum yum.
Our last find was due to be at the little bridge over the Brain. But then a funny thing happened…
I had the GPS but had forgotten to tell Alistair we had finished all the batch of caches along this stretch. But he carried on to the next likely spot and found another pot! What? We guessed we had found the unpublished No. 16! So he’s claiming FTF for that one.
We walked on a little further and I then claimed FTF on No. 17 – again unpublished. I contacted the CO when we got home, and the cache pots had only been put out that morning! It took the reviewer another 3 days to agree the publication.
So a very welcome, but certainly unexpected, FTF – No. 27 for me. 😀
I was looking for an easy series to tackle this evening after work. Unusually, I chose some caches in Essex at the last minute – which nearly had me unstuck because I had the Hertforshire PQ loaded on my GPS!
I had decided upon looking for the remaining seven unfound caches along the Essex Way Reborn section (Willingale to Good Easter) by PeCeH.
Thankfully there was just enough phone signal when I arrived at the start point to the south of Good Easter, and I was able to hastily download the waypoint info – but I forgot the hints!
I remembered some of the locations from the first time around, but a couple caused me more trouble than I would have liked!
At least I managed to get them all, so no revisit required another day. That has connected the chain of smileys on this reborn section now, which is very pleasing.
Yesterday I hastily arranged an outing with Kitty!! and Mr Crow to do some more of the revived Essex Way caches today. We started a little bit west of Pleshey (at No. 21) and finished at Great Leighs (No. 75).
The track was mainly easy going, with few mud patches along the way. We met a some bikers along the way who were churning up the track.
Ray did a lot of the finding as he went striding ahead, while Anne & I enjoyed the walk – occasionally having to come to the rescue to find a difficult one which eluded him!
We were pleased with our 52-cache haul at Great Leighs and retired to the lovely Snug Café in High Easter for a well-earned pot of tea and a panini.
While we were refuelling, I mentioned that I needed 75 caches for a challenge cache and Anne suggested it was worth keeping going as I was 2/3rds of the way there already. So they dropped me at Good Easter to walk another section which they had already completed.
I bagged another 18 caches along this stretch, and realised I was still 5 short of my target, so I stopped off for some drive by caches on the way home. The first was Pleshey Boulders, a new Earthcache which has only been published for a few days.
A few more finds around Chelmsford, finishing at Sandford Mill Lock, finally brought up my best total for the day, 75 caches, and qualified me for another Challenge Cache. Plus, I also earned my 72 finds in a day geocoin, which has been sitting unactivated at home for a few months! I think that makes it a Grand Day Out.
Time for another spin along the revamped Essex Way today. I picked up where I last left of just north of Willingale to do caches 8-28. However, parking is tight at No. 8 so instead I went to the other end and did a there-and-back walk, picking up the even numbers one way and the odds on the way back.
I spotted attractive snowdrops growing next to the track in several places but stopped to photograph this particularly big clump.
In general, the going was pretty good, apart from one nightmare section where a farmer had been doing lots of ditch remodelling and his tractor and digger had really churned up the mud to wellie-swallowing proportions! Thankfully I made it through each way and remained upright, with both my boots!
I had left the house a bit later than originally planned, so by the time I was nearing the end of the walk, the sun was getting lazy and slowly sinking into bed.
It was still a nice stroll and good to be back picking up a few more of these, even though I’ve visited once before for the original caches.
When The Essex Way Series was archived suddenly a few weeks ago, I was quite disappointed as I still had at least half of the 450-cache 81-mile route to walk.
Other local cachers were disappointed too, and a couple have now “adopted” the cache locations and republished them, to give 81 hides between Willingale and Pleshey.
At lunchtime I decided to have a little walk to collect the first seven, starting in Willingale. it was a lovely day for it, even though the going underfoot was rather muddy in places – a bit different from when I last walked this stretch back in July!
Trying to continue my streak of Unconventional hides, today was supposed to be Day 9 out of the 10 I need to qualify for the Challenge Cache. I had a puzzle lined up to find, plus a backup, before going out to lunch with a muggle friend.
I knew I wouldn’t have time to look after we had eaten, so made a point of setting off early to search. A frantic hour later, I still hand’t found either of my intended targets!
The only other non-trad hide which was on my GPS was 6 miles away (as the crow flies) but I thought it would be worth the 10-mile detour by road to pick it up – it was a Letterbox cache along The Essex Way. I know from experience that these are rarely difficult to find, so thought that was my best bet.
Thankfully, it was indeed an easy find! And I even had time to look for a couple of Infinson’s Number Caches nearby, before heading home to get changed into my posh togs for lunch. So only one more day to go!
Also, find number two today brought up my 900th cache since I started my geostreak on Day #1!