It was an overcast day when a group of us intrepid cachers decided to have a go at the series of caches around Lloyds Coppice near Ironbridge. The group was made up of Wild Goosey, Manxrose, Adi Adventures, Jnk Fox, WillowtheCat and myself, we headed into the series equipped with water snacks, first aid kit and bypass snippers. The first caches in the series were up the hill on the way to the entrance to the Amazon. The first difficult cache we reached was at the back of a big tree down s steep slope, Adi adventures braved the slope and the cache was soon located and signed.

The party then made its way along the footpath to top of the Coppice a couple of more caches on he way to the waypoint to the entrance of where we were aiming for, at that point we looked at each other when faced with a wall of six to seven foot high, nettles, horsetails and brambles, so i lead the way and started bushwacking our way through what must have been a 40 meter belt of this before we reached the relative ease of the woodlands, no paths here all off piste, the vegetation was thick and over grown it took about 45 minutes to reach the first of the four caches hidden in this area. Once we arrived at the GZ a short search helped my the many eyes and the cache was found safe and sound.

The trek then began to the second cache and it was a bit up and down to this one and a few boggy places, some comments were made of seeing the native tribes, ewoks and other forest and jungle related movie references but eventually we reached the gz, Adi was there first and soon had the cache in hand, it was then onto the third one of the series, and this proved to be a difficult trek and there were a few slips and falls but no serious injuries other than the odd bruise and muddy clothing, upon reaching this gz i managed to fell a tree..i swear i only touched it and the tree came down, and i quickly moved out the way as it did, i son spotted the cache and it was signed by the group.

The fourth cache was the furthest away only 280 meters but it took us along time we were tiring and there were a few more steep descents here in the woods and a few more slips and trips and we had to pass through one pretty boggy area but no boots were lost, upon reaching the final GZ again it was a short search and the log book was signed. It was now time to make our exit back to one of the footpaths after consulting the gps and plotting in a waypoint we were only 100 meters or so a way but it was mainly downwards until we reached near the path and we had to traverse a deep dip then through another 5 meter thick section of brambles and nettles but we were out and those 4 caches had taken us just over 3 hours to do, we now followed the path heading back towards where the cars were parked.

Three more caches were picked up along the path and it was steps back up before we then made the decent down towards where we parked the cars near Blists Hill, a few of us then decided it was time for a well earned drink and for some a piece of cake in a coffee shop in Ironbridge. This series of caches isn’t for the faint hearted and certainly the vegetation was a hamper at this time of year the ground would have been too slippy and muddy to attempt in the winter.

On the way from trip to Scotland i stopped off in Lancashire for a few days at my parents cottage in the area. The first day i walked around the Sabden Stroll series 11 caches starting out from Sabden village, my hunt for the day didn’t start well as at the first location i couldn’t locate the cache and there was a muggle not far away clearing up after the strong winds and rain we had experienced overnight. I moved on around the series which was a pleasant walk with easy going terrain a little muddy in places, and some great scenery most of the hides were straight forward to find a couple a little more difficult, took about an hour and a half to get around the series.

The seconchurncloughd morning i attempted the Sabden stroll series plus a three other odd caches that i hadn’t already gathered previously, which was more heading up the hill and to the Churn Clough, again it was damp under foot mostly due to the weather a few days prior but weather on the day was great but a bit windy as you went up the hill. Again all the finds we relatively straight foward a couple did take slightly longer to locate and one off the odd caches did involve crossing a small stream. More great views around the series and i would highly recommend both series, a thank you to TeamLancashireRoses who set the both of the series.

I had a Saturday afternoon to grab some caches so decided to head up the A41 towards Whitchurch, and after grabbing a quick drive by at a Junction. called Junction Cover, GC4TXYA, i headed through the lanes. Parking up along Platt Lane i grabbed two caches in this area, two traditional and a mystery cache which i had solved which wasn’t far from the canal. Then drove on to Welsh End and picked up the fine pair cache, then headed off down the lanes, eventually pulling up just off the end of Goblin Lane, where i picked up a further six caches on foot, in a loop and also helping by giving directions to a couple in a car.

The next target was the church micro at Whixall, lots of activity going on in the church grounds they were having a spring tidy up of the churchyard, the cache was soon in hand as it was outside the church grounds. From here it was back in the car to the end of Post Office lane to pick up a letterbox cache that was in the shape of a postbox.

Back in the car and headed towards Wem picking up the Church micro at Edstaston, and wandering around to pick up the details for the church multi though i didn’t collect this one today, that’s for another time.

An early start to this days caching with the possibility of getting a number of different types of caches, so as I set out at 8am and headed firstly to Action Trussell to pick up a letterbox hybrid cache type first, then over to Brockton area of Cannock chase to pick up the final stage of a Multi I had started but had to consult the CO before progressing due to a damaged second stage.

It was then a dash over to Ironbridge ready for the CITO (Cache in Trash Out) the group were already on the bridge and were being organised into groups, i headed out with group that went over to Sutton Woods, the Lady from the Ironbridge trust drove us across the area in the minibus, the group consisted of Blue Nora, Wigglesworth, Titan470, Monki, Calabrian Dreamer, Spunky Spider and SausageHunter. From our starting point near the river we headed out with our black bags and our GPS devices we followed the majority of the Sutton woods trail around.

Team C at CITO Event

Team C at CITO Event

This area wasn’t too heavy in dropped litter or rubbish, a couple of black bags worth were gathered between the group. So two more types found the CITO & a Traditional, on been picked back up and taken back to Ironbridge there was the second event of the day in the Tontine hotel opposite the bridge and after a spot to eat and chatting to other cachers it was onto the afternoons captures, firstly it was an Earthcache, then followed by the new Wherigo cache which i timed out on, there was just one more type now i could easily grab to take my types found to 8 in a day, departing i headed to just outside Newport and picked up a Mystery puzzle cache that i had solved.

It was time to head home and log my finds.

This is an small village just outside of Bridgnorth in Shropshire, there was a event been held there as well as two loop walks there todo, I headed out what I call early on a Saturday morning. Along with a group of other geocachers and the CO headed out to complete the new series. There were some Devilish hides from the CO on this series a few of them took a bit of searching to dig out. Part way round we came across another group completing the series from the other way around, our group soon made it back to the church where tea and coffee were provided along with cakes which we could purchase, there was also some other local produce available that purchase of this went towards the upkeep of the Church which doubled up as a Community hub for the village.

After eating a slice of cake and then had finished a cup a tea a smaller group were going to complete the existing loop in the area, I jointed up with Monki and UknowWho and we headed around the series only not attempting the COs 5*5 tree climb multi we did the first stage but the second stage the tree climb was beyond our skills without some safety equipment we had spotted the cache from the ground in the tree. A good days caching with 30 caches found and just one DNF.

Day 3

River Severn view, from bridge in Newtown

River Severn view, from bridge in Newtown

Third day in Newtown, after having a hearty breakfast, it was into Newtown to grab the Church multi and the Newtown Trial which I had gone wrong somewhere but didn’t have time to grab it today before the journey home, Headed off in the car through Kerry and grabbed Llanmererig Loop 1 as a cache and dash, before passing through Kerry before grabbing a couple of more caches along the A489 before driving up to Church Stoke then onto Craven arms and onto Church Stretton to stretch the legs and a quick walk around the few open shops, would have grabbed a cache but no phone signal so it meant no ones around here I would be able to home in on.

Wound my way through Much Wenlock then onto to Telford and grabbed a few essential items I needed then home

 

 

 

Day 2

Well a good start to the day a light-ish breakfast of just some cereal and toast before heading out for the day to grab a few caches before the litter gathering CITO event. After navigating through some narrow lanes made my way to my first spot for the day, and No16 of the Kerry Ridge-way series then walked back along the road to grab two others. The first of which I spent an age searching, around the bottom of a number of mossy trees, I had given up and was about to start off to the next one when the CO stopped in his car, to say good morning as they were on there way to set up for the event, gave me a hint to where it was, after a few more minutes of searching the cache was in hand and I had made a meal of finding that one. The next one was a much quicker find, then headed back to the car, then drive up the lane to the event.

CITO

Dave, the mound of Rubbish gathered

Reached the hustle and bustle of the event, tables were been set-up for refreshments, we were gathered together for a group photograph, people grabbed bags and there was a quick brief of where the main rubbish spots were. with a bag in hand and armed with gloves headed off to the edge of the woods, and after a brief few minutes with a bag filled of wires and rubbish had quickly filled a bag, the second bag was quickly filled again, with tins bottles and foam squares that someone had dumped. The third bag bad to wait, as someone had dumped some back sack with rubbish in, so I just took these 4 bags back to the gathering point along with a large plastic part from a kids outside toy (picture taken by of CCrevell). After a few more bags and grabbing the cache in the area, headed for a cuppa from Urnie the trackable tea Urn, for a Donation to the North Wales Mega 2016 shortly followed by a piece of cake that our host Denise had made. Also some North Wales Mega Trackables were on sale as well, so I grabbed myself a couple of these.

There was a large pile of rubbish gathered including a large lorry or tractor tire, a car bumper and the remains of a tent.

View from Kerry Ridgeway

View from Kerry Ridgeway

So the group began to dissipate, new caches had been released in the area but no phone signal for me around here so no chance to get those but had plenty of other target to get for the day. I headed down the track from the car park on foot and made my way From No 19 to No 17 all quickly found, then walked back to the carpark. I then took the car up the bumpy track to do from No 21 to No26 as Drive bys along the track with some stops to take the views. A quick walk from 26 down a muddy trial to No 27. Headed back to the car, then drive around to No29 then struck out along to trail to No 28 then back to have a go at the multi for No29, but came up empty trying to find it, moved on by foot to collect No30 & 31 before turning back to the car again and another search for 29. After a further trip back along the bumpy track, I headed to find No 13 and 12 a quick drive by caches.

On the journey back to Newtown had a few more targets I grabbed Pentre Bridge cache, parking close by and a quick dash back to the bridge the cache was located after a quick search, i parked up again at the Sawmills further up the road and had a walk to get three more caches in the area. It was then back to Newtown for a shower then to head out to the evening event via the local shops where I bumped into some other cachers from earlier on in the day. Upon Reaching CCrevell (Denise) & Wavydale (Dave) house where the event was been held and parked the car in the field opposite next to other cachers cars, headed to the event hosting in the garden, Urnie was on duty again and after a cuppa and chatting to some fellow cachers the two Ashley’s (Monki & P900ajr) Shan (Griswald n Dogs) Louise (TheHorde) Dave suggested a trip out to Ducks Revenge, so off a group of us headed to Ducks revenge in two cars, upon reaching it with some equipment such as torches and some overalls. As Bob (B.B.B) & Sir Harveyjj dressed and donned torches to make an entrance, the cry’s went up has anyone got a pen, I did and handed it over, while Dave told us some history of the location.

After a drive back to the event it was time for a splendid hot pork bap, and accompaniments, followed by a choice of dessert, which i had a Creme Brulee, along with a evening of cache chatting before heading off back to Newtown to the Hotel.