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This Way! Or That Way?

Trad: 1 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 5.1 miles

I was in Hoxton for a two-day conference and needed to get a bit of fresh air this afternoon. So I headed north for a short walk to avenge two DNFs at hides from when I was here last year for the same conference.

The first was This Way! A delightful hide next to a lovely bit of sculpture on a street corner.

This Way!
This Way!

Having been This Way, I went That Way, or at least, a short walk away, to find the puzzle cache Art Loving, which had been missing on a previous visit.

Close To Art Loving
Close To Art Loving

It’s always good to have a DNF turned into a smiley, so two today was particularly pleasing, especially as I’m not in this neck of the woods very often.

Little Venice Plus

Trad: 4 Multi: 1
Walked: 8.0 miles

Another short day at work meant I was able to top and tail my trip to London with a bit of caching. First stop of the morning was the South Bank to finally avenge the DNF at Henry’s Lost Letter, which I failed to find a few days ago.

Barges On The Thames
Barges On The Thames

Another hide I was able to revisit was SideTracked – London Marylebone when, on my last visit, it was so muggle-infested I didn’t even try. Today was a different matter, and I located the prize quite quickly.

Marylebone Station Facade
Marylebone Station Facade

After the working day was done, I headed to Little Venice for a few more caches as dusk began to fall. My first stop was Warwick Avenue SideTracked, which didn’t pose any great problems.

Warwick Avenue Tube
Warwick Avenue Tube

I walked across to Over Troubled Water, a hide on the bridge over the Grand Union Canal. It was a little bit tricky but eventually the muggles thinned out sufficiently for me to have a proper look, and there it was. A nice spot to spend a few minutes watching the world go by.

Over Troubled Water
Over Troubled Water

The last port of call was the SideTracked hide at Royal Oak, which I bagged on my way to the tube station and to make my way home.

Royal Oak At Dusk
Royal Oak At Dusk

The City & The Thames

Trad: 3 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 10.0 miles

Loads more walking today, before and after work. I started close to Liverpool Street by finally locating the elusive puzzle, O Where O Where Can That Little Cache Be? It had been bugging me for ages! The log was pretty full but I managed to cram my name in.

Squeezing My Name In
Squeezing My Name In

Another puzzle which had been outstanding for too long was Beck, based around the London Underground map. The other day, I finally made some progress with the solve and was rewarded with the little devil when I searched the correct spot this morning. Very satisfying to have ticked it off, at last!

Beck - The View At GZ
Beck – The View At GZ

Work took up the majority of the day, but I went for a walk afterwards, firstly around Surrey Row and then to the north bank of the Thames to look for a couple of Swan to Canary series. The Shard and Tower Bridge looked impressively illuminated this evening.

The Shard At Night
The Shard At Night
Tower Bridge Goes Purple!
Tower Bridge Goes Purple!

My final success was the Livchurch Street multi, which I had previously DNF’d but luckily had a brainwave about this evening. Then a weary walk back to Liverpool Street to get the train home.

Morning Stagger Around London

Trad: 1 Multi: 2 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 9.0 miles

I had been on a night shift in London all night, so what did I do? Yes, go for a caching expedition before heading home to bed! What do you mean, I’m mad?

Strand Lane Roman Baths were my first stop. You can’t have a bath there now, but you can work out where the cache is hidden!

Stagger Down The Steps
Stagger Down The Steps

Next on my agenda was a trip to Brompton. I didn’t see any folding bikes, but I did spot some wonderful Autumnal colours while I was searching for CM2691 at Holy Trinity Brompton.

Lovely Autumn Colours
Lovely Autumn Colours

One of the many puzzle icons on the London map is Routemaster No. 9. For some reason, I had been putting off attempting this one for ages, probably due to how spread out the waypoints were, but a week or so in the capital had meant I could look for a few  on foot each night on the way home from work. By this morning, I had enough info to head for the final destination.

I was rather hoping to spot one of the lovely old Routemaster buses, but I only saw a new “Boris Bus” variant today, as I made my way to GZ.

Routemaster No. 9
Routemaster No. 9

I do like it when the final key of a puzzle fits into place. And I was happy to have found the cache at the end point, after all that work.

Who Has The Key?
Who Has The Key?

The TUBE SideTracked hide in Bayswater had a very nosy neighbour which kept looking at my while I was searching for the cache! I hope his bite is not as bad as it looks!

Big Cat Watching Me
Big Cat Watching Me

By now I was almost dead on my feet, so I hopped on the nearest tube train back to Liverpool Street and made my way home to bed, at last.

Camden Constitutional

Trad: 4 Multi: 1
Walked: 7.9 miles

Another afternoon shift in London meant another morning walk while the sun was shining. My first stop was for Ghost Tube SideTracked Lords. The view from GZ showed the pavilion roof off rather well.

Lords Skyline
Lords Skyline

Then I made my way to the final of the old Virtual/Multi series, Catastrophe, Calamity, Cataclysm – The Prize! It has been a long while coming, since I’ve been doing the feeder caches in dribs and drabs over several months. Great to finally have this one ticked off the list!

Next was a visit to Regents Canal which was a DNF, and then further along for Stephenson’s Vaults, a cheeky placement which had to have a fave. It was tricky to retrieve between muggles, there was a lot of traffic along the canal today.

This Is Art
This Is Art

After another trad find in Camden it was finally on to my last one of the day,  Carreras Cigarette Factory near Mornington Crescent. This was hidden opposite the splendid Art Deco façade of the old factory, guarded by a pair of regal-looking cats!

Carreras Factory
Carreras Factory

Playtime over, I headed off to Westminster to start my shift.

Holborn & Upminster

Trad: 3 Multi: 1
Walked: 7.9 miles

I was in London again for work this afternoon but had to travel in via Upminster due to engineering works on my usual route. My first was a trad at Upminster Station, then a trip on the District Line into central London. I was early for work, so picked up another trad and a multi around Holborn before heading off to earn a crust.

Red Lion Square
Red Lion Square

Once my shift was done, I got the tube back to Upminster again but couldn’t resist looking for just one more, despite it being dark. A nighttime Nano to round off the evening, job done.

Nighttime Nano
Nighttime Nano

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.