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.
Another busy day today, for starters, I decided to head back to Fyfield to see if I could finally find Stumped 56 which I had bombed out on back on Day #386. It has been live for over a month with nobody but me even attempting it!
I arrived around GZ once more and had another look in the same places as last time, when it was virtually dark. Still nothing. But then I realised there was somewhere else which I should have taken more notice of the first time. And voilà! Very pleased to finally crack this tough nut, making it FTF No. 34.
After that success, I headed off to Matching to walk a nice little loop around the village and surrounding fields. The Bonus cache was based around the charming Medieval Marriage Feasting Hall, which looked rather splendid in front of the church, despite the slightly overcast weather.
All in all a tiring walk, but with 15 finds today, I was rapidly working my way towards my 6,000 finds milestone, which is now just 13 caches away!
A handful of new caches have been published around Fyfield and Moreton recently, so I thought I would head over there to see if I could find any of them.
My first stop was a multi based around The Free Church. Dusk was approaching and the required information was pretty hard to read, but I manged it in the end and went on to find the pot easily enough.
I then spent ages messing about with Stumped! 56 which is a field puzzle and so far has no finders – in fact, nobody else had even attempted it, and it’s been published since 27th July!
Sadly, I was still stumped by it, and had the dubious honour of being the first to DNF. Despite knowing what to do with the numbers I found, I just could not locate the pot – I was searching by torchlight in the end.
So I gave up and went for the Church Micro in Moreton instead – where I was just in time to witness a spectacular sunset! And I found the cache. Double win.
Today’s expedition was to pick up some orphan caches around Blake Hall and Fyfield. I managed four with no DNF’s. The first was the relatively new Really Side Tracked – Blake Hall, an easy enough hide.
Then I moved on to Fyfield for a chance to grab the Fine Pair (which actually is located very close to the Village Sign, but there isn’t a VS cache at the location at all).
I took a short wander around a footpath circuit for a few more, including finding this one which had lots of small change inside – all foreign coins. Plenty more room here!
I got a few good trads in the bag today, starting off with a cache and dash in Fyfield. Then I drove to Moreton where I found an easy hide in Peddlars End before hiking along the river to Bridging The Gap. I found a pointless stile on the footpath which Alistair would have liked:
Once I arrived at GZ I realised the enormity of the issue – the cache was hidden in the tree somewhere… I’m not normally one to climb or scramble much, (I usually send Alistair up trees!) but this old specimen looked fairly sturdy, so I decided to go for it. I inched along the trunk across the water, and was rewarded with a little pot, well hidden! I was only the second person to find as well.
Originally I was going to move the car to Magdalen Laver to walk for the brace of hides near the church. But looking at the map, I realised they were only a mile or so away, and decided to take a longer walk from Moreton instead.
There was nice scenery on the way – big trees in fields and a lovely green lane. Plus, the two caches were easy finds.