Walkern Multis

Walkern Multis

Someone, somewhere, once said there was a geocaching challenge that requires you to find 10 or more multi-caches in a day. That sounds like something that needs to be achieved, but obviously requires a location that actually has a sufficient number of appropriate caches within close proximity.

There is such a location at Walkern. There’s a series of 19 multi-caches there, all of which require the decoding of just a single piece of information – some numbers from a yellow fire hydrant at the entrance to the recommended parking spot. The good news was that a previous finder had given me the necessary information, so I’d got the final locations for all 19 happily plugged into the GPS when we arrived, which saved an eternity in working stuff out.

I had both kids with me and also was accompanied by Happy_Hunter_HP20 and Rachelle from Pat&Roch. That made for a bit of a squeeze on the back seat of my car, as the kids take up a disproportionate amount of room. Happy_Hunter got the passenger seat in the front on the basis of him being taller than Tall Jack McTall. And he got in before Rachelle.

Back at the plot, if ever there was one, it was quite a warm day but supposedly not a very long walk, as there were only 19 caches to find. Most were fairly easy and we got to walk around a bit of pleasant Hertfordshire countryside. One of them was on the distinctly unpleasant side, as it was buried under the side of a massive fallen tree trunk that was completely surrounded by neck-high nettles. HHHP20 attacked on side and I attacked the other, but I’d forgotten to take my machete with me, so we had to try to sort it out with a whacking stick (aka rambler’s walking pole) and the soles of our (thankfully very sturdy and nettleproof) boots. It took ages, did that one.

When we were done we retired to the only pub in the village for some cold drinks, a bit of late lunch (or early dinner) and a rest. The girls rested by playing in the play park.

After we’d finished we went for a single puzzle on the outskirts of Walkern and then allowed HHHP20 to lead us around to a handful of nearby puzzles he’d solved and wanted to collect.

Not a bad afternoon out. 26 finds in total without having to strain particularly. The finds were :

Grafham Grabs

Grafham Grabs

This day was a Sunday jaunt over towards Grafham Water to finish off a couple of bits of circuits I’d missed out on before – the Woolley Mammoth and the S2E2.

The area I needed to go to lay between the villages of Grafham and Ellington. Some of the parts of the two series that I was missing were caused by a previous failure, at the end of 2013 – not because of inability to find caches or lack of time, but by the fact that the battery failed in my phone. It was that event that prompted me to switch to use of a “proper” handheld GPS.

Back at the plot, it was a fairly easy walk around, and when I’d finished I decided I’d go to do a few more around the village of Grafham. I didn’t spend long there though, because I started losing the will to live after a couple of misses and a couple of less than pleasant searching experiences.

Never mind, they can’t all be brilliant days, I guess.

The caches I found were :