Tag Archives: earthcache

Old Father Thames

Trad: 1 Earth: 1
Walked: 7.5 miles

I’ve been looking at the Earthcache near Westminster Bridge on the London map for months. It’s just around the corner from where I’m working and today the tides were just right – low tide just before I started in the morning and high tide just after I had finished. So I finally pulled my finger out and visited the spot to make my measurements.

Older Than London Itself
Older Than London Itself

Job done, I then headed off to pick up the trad in Ham Yard, another one ticked off the list.

Tollesbury Totter

Trad: 15 Earth: 1
Walked: 9 miles

I needed to find and Earthcache today for my International Eartcache Day souvenir. The nearest unfound was at Tollesbury, so that’s where I headed. The EC itself was quickly sorted out, then I went for a little walk around the town.

Earthcache At Tollesbury
Earthcache At Tollesbury

The Lightship is a familiar sight in Tollesbury, so of course I had to make a picture.

Tollesbury Light Ship
Tollesbury Light Ship

Before heading off for my big walk around the Essex 100 Section 4, I needed some fortification, so stopped off at the excellent café near the boatyard for a tasty bacon sarnie and a pot of tea.

Bacon Butty Beauty
Bacon Butty Beauty

Then I was off around the sea wall looking for caches as I went. It would have been quite a walk, but I had taken the geo-bike with me.

Bacon Butty Beauty
Bacon Butty Beauty

Plenty of boats and things to see along the way, and fluffy clouds floating above the salt marshes.

Salt Marshes
Salt Marshes

With the familiar shape of Bradwell Power Station in the background, I made quick progress along the sea wall on the bike. Although about half way round I saw a sign saying “no cycling”. Oops. Well, too late now!

Geobike & Bradwell In The Distance
Geobike & Bradwell In The Distance

It was good to get this section of the Essex 100 ticked off, I’ve been meaning to visit for ages. 16 finds today will do very nicely.

A Southwark Selection

Trad: 2 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1 Earth: 3
Walked: 8 miles

I enjoyed my day off yesterday, and said goodbye to Alistair who was off back home to Newcastle. Not finding a cache was a bit weird, but a relief at the same time!

Today I was back in London for meetings, but started a bit later than normal, so I made the most of the morning by going into Westminster Cathedral to tackle the Earthcache based around the different marbles inside. It’s quite eye-opening!

Westminster Cathedral EC
Westminster Cathedral EC
CM8005 - Southwark St. George
CM8005 – Southwark St. George

After work it was still fairly light, so I took a walk around Southwark and Bermondsey to pick up several caches which have been on my to do list for a while.

First stop was CM8005 St. George. An easy find once I had crunched the numbers. Then onto a solved puzzle and trad CM before heading to the Cathedral for the Earthcache, Southwark Flintstones. I didn’t spot Fred or Wilma, but did gather enough info for the cache!

Selfie At Southwark Cathedral
Selfie At Southwark Cathedral

My last port of call was the SideTracked Earthcache at London Bridge station, which I eventually found when on the right level. More info gathered, ready to fire off emails to the CO’s when I get home. So I’m easing back into it gently after finally breaking my streak!

London Bridge EC SideTracked
London Bridge EC SideTracked

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 #390 – To Berkshire Via Kent!

Trad: 5 Multi: 1 Challenge: 1 Letterbox: 1
Earth: 1
Walked: 5 miles

I’m heading to Imber Village in Wiltshire this weekend (more of that tomorrow),  but first I had to drive to Margate in Kent for  meeting this afternoon. You never know what the motorways are going to do, so I set off super early and had time for a few finds in Kent before the meeting.  Since I was passing, I stopped off briefly for the 13th Day Of Every Month Challenge just south of Whitstable. Then the T3.5 Earthcache near Reculver was high on the agenda.

Looking For Sharks' Teeth
Looking For Sharks’ Teeth
Blowy Day At Reculver
Blowy Day At Reculver
Little Quacker Takes A Swim
Little Quacker Takes A Swim

I had lunch next to the pretty little Church at Reculver before doing the Church Micro.

CM3444 - Reculver
CM3444 – Reculver

Once my meeting was done, it was back on the motorways, but I had time for one or two on my way to my hotel in Berkshire this evening – the payoff for travelling on the M25 on a Friday night!

CM4415 - Eversley
CM4415 – Eversley

The CM at Eversley was hardly a Micro! Little Quacker met a blue friend in the big ammo box we found. Why Eversley? Well I needed just one CM in the CM44xx range to finally qualify for The Mega Church Micro (CM) Challenge Cache  and this wasn’t too far off my planned route. Job done!

It's A BIG Micro
It’s A BIG Micro

The last stop of the day was to Burghclere Memorial Chapel for the CM there, before turning in for the night and settling down to log the day’s finds.

CM8001 - Burghclere
CM8001 – Burghclere

Day #387 – Monumental Heights

Trad: 5 Earth: 5 Virtual: 1
Walked: 9 miles

Today I set myself the challenge of climbing The Monument in London, to finally log the Virtual cache which is at the top. I haven’t been up the thing in several years, but today looked perfect – lovely weather was promised.

But first, I started my walk from Liverpool Street and picked up information for a Multi I’ve been meaning to do for ages (sadly a DNF today) plus bagging a trio of Earthcaches before I began my climb,

EC Gilt Of Cain
EC Gilt Of Cain

At the bottom, it looks like a long way up!

Preparing For The Climb!
Preparing For The Climb!

Finally at the top of the Monument, Virtual Cache in the bag.

Virtually Conquered It
Virtually Conquered It

That wasn’t it for Earthcaches though, I did another couple after my climb, and also picked up five trads as I was pottering about.

Another EC Selfie
Another EC Selfie

All in all, a tiring but fun day in the Capital.

Day #384 – Urban Bimble

Trad: 5 Earth: 1
Walked: 3.0 miles

I headed out this morning to pick up my nearest unfound earthcache to continue my Unusual 15-day streak (I just need one more tomorrow to complete the run). It was an unusual site – two locations along Brentwood High Street. One was just outside Argos!

Earthcache At Argos?
Earthcache At Argos?

And the second was at the drinking trough near Wilson’s Corner. I gathered the required info and took selfies, and will send my answers shortly.

Granite Trough
Granite Trough

I also picked up a few trads, one of which was this cunning camo’d little pot, hidden in ivy in a tree. No idea how I spotted it, quite a miracle!

Cunning Camo
Cunning Camo

I got back home in time for lunch with friends Rob & Sue, who took me to the Woolpack before we went off to hunt for my puzzle cache, I’m A Little Teapot. I’ve known them for nearly 20 years but it was a few months ago that I was chatting to them about geocaching. They seemed intrigued and found a few on their own and now seem to be hooked! Hooray, more converts!

Muggles No More!
Muggles No More!

Day #375 – Summit Up Snowdon

Trad: 17 Earth: 1 Virtual: 1 Event: 2 Webcam: 1
Walked: 6.2 miles

Today was time for a road trip to Llanberis to go up Snowdon. I wanted to get there quickly, so only stopped off for a couple of hides along the way. LQ liked the view at this cache in the Llanberis Pass.

LQ In Llanberis Pass
LQ In Llanberis Pass

The next thing was to sign the ducks into the event at the car park in Llanberis – Summit Up Snowdon. They were happy to meet the folks there. Shifty decided he didn’t want to come all the way to the top (I think he’s secretly afraid of heights) but sent Little Quacker with me to report back how it was.

Shifty & Little Quacker At The Event
Shifty & Little Quacker At The Event

But first – we wanted to log the webcam at Llanberis – Mole says “Stick ’em up” 2 – Shifty was happy enough to be in that, he had his wings up too!

Stick 'Em Up!
Stick ‘Em Up!

We enjoyed the trip up to the top on the diesel train. I had booked ages ago as I knew it would be busy. You only get 30-40 minutes at the top, and have to go back on the same train you came up on – but there were 3 caches to log! Would I be able to grab them  all? One was a trad, one a virtual and one an Earthcache.

My original plan was to try for all three and if I didn’t have enough time, I would perhaps walk down from the summit. But we got half way up and entered the cloudbase. It turned very cold and extremely windy. The view from the summit was about 3 feet! But still, there was a big group of folks gathering the info for the virtual and Earthcache.

Foggy At The Top
Foggy At The Top

Little Quacker helped me out with gathering the information too. Thankfully we didn’t have to search hard for the trad – I saw it i the hands of other cachers!

Little Quacker Checks The Trig Point
Little Quacker Checks The Trig Point

Thankfully, I managed to get all three in the time, and took the train back down in comfort! But seeing little trains wasn’t over yet – I looked for the SideTracked – Llanberis hide which is sited along the lovely Llanberis Lake Railway.

Little Red Engine!
Little Red Engine!

Dolbarn Castle was the venue for another great little cache, the view was lovely. The cache had quite high terrain rating, but it didn’t pose too many problems.

Hide & Keep - Dolbarn Castle
Hide & Keep – Dolbarn Castle

Little Quacker found the cache easily! Well done LQ.

LQ Wins Hide & Seek!
LQ Wins Hide & Seek!

On the way back to the Carrog Campsite (for another event in the evening), I went from cache to cache along the A5, stopping for quick finds and no DNFs, ticking off another few counties today.

Lovely Little Church
Lovely Little Church

The evening festivities carried on well into the night at the Sombreros After Sunset event – Shifty disgraced himself by drinking too much Tequila and somehow came away with a rather bushy Mexican moustache! He’s been wearing it proudly ever since.

Shifty Acquires A Mexican 'Tache!
Shifty Acquires A Mexican ‘Tache!

Day #364 – As Mad As A Hatter

Trad: 1 Multi: 2 Earth: 1 Event: 1
Walked: 7.4 miles

I went up to London this afternoon to attend the Mad Cachers’ Tea Party event organised jointly by local pan314159 and avroair, who was visiting from the USA. Everyone was encouraged to wear a mad hat – and there were certainly lots to be seen!

Mat Hatter Anytar
Mat Hatter Anytar
Mad Hatter Pan
Mad Hatter Pan

Extraordinary creations were the most fun – there was a popular vote for the best and this bonkers hat was the winner! Even Nemo looks surprised!

Nemo & The Maddest Hat
Nemo & The Maddest Hat

My own creation was not a modest affair – furry bunny ears, LED lights and a full-blown tea party going on around the brim and on top. It turned a few heads. I was glad it survived the journey by train in my picnic bag.

My Tea Party Creation!
My Tea Party Creation!

My Little Quacker was delighted to make some new friends who were also taking part in the HQ Duck Dash. I’m sure there was a bit of rivalry going on too!

LQ Makes Another Friend
LQ Makes Another Friend

There were many tempting shinies on offer two, as several hard-core coin collectors were there with their duplicates and swaps. I was very weak!

Lovely New Shinies
Lovely New Shinies

As well as the event, I also managed to squeeze in a multi and trad find beforehand, plus another multi and earthcache on the way home. The SideTracked EarthCache – Euston Station Geology cache (also by pan314159) was another one which has been on my London target list for ages. It was still busy this evening, but a little patience eventually paid off and I got the info I needed.

SideTracked EC Euston
SideTracked EC Euston