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Kent Challenges & Another FTF

Trad: 6 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1 Challenge: 5
Letterbox: 1
Walked: 6 miles

Today’s trip was a drive to the East Peckham area in Kent to pick up some specific Challenge Caches with some high DTs. One location was a rather well-laden orchard with some tasty looking apples clustered on the trees.

Cider In The Making?
Cider In The Making?

I headed for a Letterbox cache which was clearly near the site of an old pub – all that remained was an empty sign!

The Pub Has Closed
The Pub Has Closed

Of course, Kent is famed for its Oast Houses and there was a particularly fine example on one part of my walk.

Oast House Country
Oast House Country

Last night I had a notification that yet another cache in the excellent Common Genius series on Danbury Common had been published. While I was out in Kent, I checked the phone to see if any finds had been logged yet. Nope. But I was reasonably convinced that someone would have had a go at it by now. However, I thought I would give it a punt on the way home anyway.

I arrived at the car park and it was already dark. Previously, I would not have attempted it, but having found 20 in the dark the other day, I wasn’t phased. Arrived at GZ with head torch and hand torch. Aha! Another field puzzle, which thankfully I quickly sorted out. OOOOh! And a lovely blank log sheet. FTF No. 38 – don’t mind if I do!

Surprise FTF No. 38 In The Dark!
Surprise FTF No. 38 In The Dark!

Day #319 – Letchmore Loop Finale

Trad: 8
Walked: 7.4 miles

Back on 1st May, when I reached The Big 5K, I had found the Letchmore Loop Bonus cache and a few more. But there were still some outstanding from the south eastern part of the loop, so today I decided to tackle them after work.

Swirly Crop Patterns
Swirly Crop Patterns

There were some easy finds and a couple of tricky ones, mainly along footpaths through the fields around Letchmore. One particularly nice stretch was through an orchard.

Through The Orchard
Through The Orchard

I gave up at No. 5 which was a very tricky beast, but managed to find all the others I tackled this evening. The final stretch back towards the car was easy enough walking – I was grateful, since the previous field was very uneven and rutted and I was terrified of twisting an ankle as I picked my way slowly across it!

Clear Path Through
Clear Path Through
Coal Post #42
Coal Post #42

There is always time for one or two more, so after my main walk, I drove back through Radlett on the way to the M25 and picked up Coal Post #42 and another nearby trad.

Time to head home!

Day #304 – Bolting Round Ulting Again

Trad: 7
Walked: 2.9 miles

When Peverel Blue’s series, Bolting Round Ulting first came out, I decided to do them piecemeal as fillers to keep my geostreak going. But since starting with the first few, plenty more local caches have been published closer to home.

Today I decided to go and collect the remaining 7 trads and their information so I could calculate where the big bonus was hiding.

Past The Orchard
Past The Orchard

Where are you? Ah, there!

Peekaboo!
Peekaboo!

No. 5 was a nice Letterbox pot, I even remembered to take along my own Smiley Stamp to mark up the logbook.

Stamped Up
Stamped Up

After a slightly wrong detour for No. 9, I eventually got the this view of the lake (and found the cache!). One more to collect on the way back to the car and I called it a day there. The calculation for the bonus is a bit involved and I thought it was better to do it at home so I didn’t get it wrong!

Mono Lake (Not Quite Ansel Adams)
Mono Lake (Not Quite Ansel Adams)

It’s good to have most of this series put to bed now, it was a lovely little walk.