Tag Archives: after work

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Wizard

Trad: 1
Walked: 6 miles

I just had time for a quick cache on the way home from work this evening. My target was Cambridge Circus, London – Tinker Tailor Spy. Its location is opposite the Cambridge Theatre, where the sold-out Harry Potter show is on for months.

Harry Is In Town
Harry Is In Town

The place was crawling with muggles, but sometimes you can use that to your advantage. Standing on the corner pretending to look at my phone, I didn’t look too out of place. Having waited for a little while before making my move, I signed and replaced without incident. Perfect Urban Stealth caching!

Day #394 – A Westminster Walk

Trad: 3 Earth: 1
Walked: 6 miles

I had another word day in London today but found three trads and an earthcache around Westminster after I left the office.

Stonicles is an odd Earthcache, around the back of Victoria Station, where you can see a curious collection of stalactites which seem to be far too long for their age…

Stonicles, At The Back Of Victoria Station
Stonicles, At The Back Of Victoria Station

Walk Into A Painting is at a nice colourful bit of sculpture, thankfully not very muggly this evening!

Walk Into A Painting
Walk Into A Painting

Day #264 – Raining In Ridge

Trad: 1
Walked: 3.3 miles

I left work late at about six thirty this evening. It was raining but I still had to find my daily cache. The target I had picked was Church Micro 800 in the village of Ridge, just a couple of miles from work.

The GPS was leading me a merry dance, and the clue was out of date, but eventually the technology got its act together and so did I. Pot found!

St. Margaret's Church, Ridge
St. Margaret’s Church, Ridge

Then I had a long drive home in the rain which took nearly 90 minutes this evening as there was some sort of incident at the M25/A12 junction. It slowed everything to a crawl for about 3 miles. Still, not unexpected on a Friday evening!

Day #263 – Chestnut View

Trad: 1
Walked: 4 miles

Today’s find was an oldie called Chestnut View, hidden along a footpath between Shenley and Radlett in July 2002. It’s still quietly sitting there waiting to be discovered.

To be honest, the view wasn’t great, so I didn’t make a photo at GZ, but there were some nice bluebells along the way. Most were inside the fenced-off private woodland through which the public footpath passes. But one or two had self-seeded on the path side of the fence.  Here’s one for the album, taken with my new Lensbaby Composer/Sweet 35 lens combo which arrived today:

Bluebell With Lensbaby
Bluebell With Lensbaby

Day #262 – Herts Way Number Nines

Trad: 1 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 5.7 miles

Section Nine of the Hertfordshire Way caches run along the footpaths on the outskirts of Shenley. I decided to walk a short section to look for a trio of them this evening.

No trouble finding the first trad and a letterbox along the route, but I bombed out on the other trad when I got poked and prickled by vicious hawthorn bushes while searching behind a horse trough. I may be cowardly, but I’d had enough at that point!

Sunshine On The Herts Way
Sunshine On The Herts Way

Day #261 – Fallen Giant

Trad: 1
Walked: 7.2 miles

Another little foray into Shenley today, to grab Shenley Loop #1 – Fallen Giant. It took a little bit of rummaging to uncover, but the muggle count at seven in the evening was zero, so I was able to search undisturbed.

The only photo I took while out was the clue for the bonus. But I’ll not give anything away, so I’ve blurred out the important bits here!

Not Giving It Away
Not Giving It Away

Day #260 – Shenley Saunter

Trad: 1
Walked: 4.5 miles

The next few weeks are going to make or break this geostreak. As of today, I’m working full time at Elstree in Hertforshire for a couple of months, facing an 8 hour day plus 1.5-2 hours each way travel on the train. At least, that’s how I’ve been getting there  when I worked at the location previously, which curtailed my caching options to picking up something on the way back through London in the evenings.

However, today I drove for the first time during the week, just to see how bad the M25 commute would be. Answer: not very bad at all! Home to work in just under an hour. Plus, having the car with me opens up many more caching opportunities for the journey home.

Shenley is a pretty little village a couple of miles north of Borehamwood, which is where I targeted my daily cache for today. There’s a loop walk of 11 caches plus a bonus around the village, so that will keep my streak going for a while. But I’ll save most of them for the time I’m working 12-hour days and staying in the vicinity, and will only have the chance of a cache and dash before going into work in the morning.

Old Log, New Log
Old Log, New Log

Anyway, that’s a lot of waffle to tell you I found one of the Shenley Loop – today it was No. 7 as I found a convenient spot to park nearby.