I made a quick dash up to Stoke Bruerne on a grey Sunday afternoon in early February for the usual reason – a selection of caches that I haven’t done, and a desire to fill in a slot on The Matrix It was after 2pm already when I arrived, having had a lazy morning and solid brunch. So limited time, and about 8 caches to have a crack at.

The first problem, as ever, was trying to find somewhere to park. The village roads are either double yellow lined or for residents only. I pulled into a pub car park (the pub in this photo) and felt uncomfortable with parking under their CCTV cameras without actually going inside the pub, so I moved on. Eventually I found the car park for the Canal Museum, which was rather empty. I required £2.50 in loose change, which I didn’t have (15p short) but thankfully the museum shop is happy to sell you a ticket too.

I had a target of 8 caches (well, the target changed while I was walking, to be honest) and found 7 of them. The unfound one was the furthest from home and I reached it when the light was starting to get a bit dodgy. I didn’t want to waste the opportunity to do the other 3 I planned on the way back and I had my fill of night caching yesterday so decided not to dwell at that one.

None of the ones I found were particularly strenuous, though the one right next to the museum could have been – I happened to put my hand right on it in the first place I tried. Magic.

The Grand Union Canal is an absolute heaven for caching. There’s loads. Just pick a bit of canal and off you go.

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