MK Churches

MK Churches

You can’t beat a Church Micro or several, especially on a bright, sunny day in January.

On this particular bright, sunny day in January I had both girls for company when I was in the car, but not whilst caching. They both took their iPads and wanted to stay in the car, so that’s what they did except for one cache at the very end.

The good thing about Church Micros though, is that you normally don’t have to stray far from your car. In fact, on most of them, I had to stray farther to take a photo of the church than I did to find the cache. A goodly few of them were right next to where I parked, which was handy.

Most of the ones I found were either inside the unitary authority of Milton Keynes or just over the border into Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire.

None of them were in Buckinghamshire, because technically speaking, Milton Keynes has not been in Buckinghamshire since 1995. If you don’t believe me then have a look at Part II point eight of the Buckinghamshire (Borough of Milton Keynes) (Structural Change) Order 1995, which reads ‘Milton Keynes shall cease to form part of Buckinghamshire’ and ‘a new county shall be constituted comprising the area of Milton Keynes and shall be named the County of Milton Keynes’. The evidence is here. So there!

Anyway, on the way home from all the churches I managed to persuade the girls to get out of the car and wander into a little wooded area to help me find a challenge cache. The challenge to be done beforehand was that you have to have found at least 4 different cache types each for 10 different cachers. This is harder than it sounds, but I’d checked beforehand and both me and Ami were good for it. Getting to the cache was a challenge too, and I was glad I’d made the kids come with me, because it involved scaling up a tree, and it was far easier for Ami to get up than for me. It was also getting rather dark, and whilst the cache itself proved to be a torch, it was a torch that no longer supported batteries, and hence didn’t cast much light.

The caches we found during the day were :

Between Hare and There

Between Hare and There

It was a very grey, dank, and pretty miserable kind of a day, but Ami and me had decided we were off out for a bit of box hunting regardless, so we got ourselves wrapped up nice and warm, acquired suitable provisions, and headed off in the general direction of Haynes, the location of the large looking and relatively new “Between Hare and There” series.

It took us a while to get parked ( I didn’t really like anywhere in the village where we stopped ), but once we got going the caching was fast and furious. We caught up with another caching crew at one point, and sped past them at breakneck speed. It was all pretty easy going.

At one point we passed, and completely missed, a sign saying that the forest path was closed for the winter, so we sped on through an area we weren’t supposed to have been in until we reached the road on the other side. Subsequent to our being there, that stretch of the circuit has been archived, presumably because cachers were still going through there. It wasn’t well signposted and it would have been better if they’d not given permission in the first place for a stretch of woodland that they don’t want people in during the winter. Hey ho! Maybe they didn’t have permission for any of them.

Anyway, once back on the road we met poshrule coming the other way and said hello, as you do.

In total, the walk was about 11km long and took us around 4 hours, during which we found 42 caches. Not bad for a rubbishy winter day of walking through foggy, damp, drizzly stuff.

The caches we found were :