Barkway and Reed

Barkway and Reed

A Saturday afternoon in October, and time to grab a bunch of caches while there was still enough daylight to make a decent day.

I set my sights on a couple of series to the south of Royston – agricultural circuits through the villages of Reed and Barkway. I parked in Barkway as there were a couple of multis there, so I thought it would be best to collect the information for those and establish their final locations before committing to any large amounts of walking, just in case the final points were somewhat off the radar. None of them was a long way away from the main walk – they were just a little way off the circuit and mainly quite close to the village itself.

When I got into the planned series, the first stage took me south and west of Barkway around the “Buckland Boomerang” series. After this, I took a more northerly route from Barkway over to Reed and back to complete the “Reed Runaround” series. In between the two series there was a virtual cache called Quintuples on the meridian – Virtual which was right next to a big solar farm, and which requires the finder to visit a location on the prime meridian and where the latitude has five identical digits in the minutes of the northing, such as N 52o 00.000 or N 51o 55.555. The cache location is given as N 52o 00.000 E 000o 00.000, so that seemed like the best place to log the find, rather than anywhere else. You’re allowed to log it from any such location though.

There were a number of offshoots and assorted off-series church micros and others, followed by a couple of routes that could be done as drive-bys, and by the time I finished I’d run up a total of 66 finds.

The caches I found on the day were:

Souldrop Caching

Souldrop Caching

Hmmm! So there was a new series of caches not far away in the village of Souldrop, up in the north of Bedfordshire. I was alone for this walk, as is often the case.

I parked up in the street in Souldrop itself and headed off to complete the series in a clockwise direction, which initially took me to the south of the village, passing a church micro on the way in.

About three caches into the walk I crossed the mainline railway that runs into St. Pancras. Funnily enough, because it’s a loop, you cross over the railway line somewhat further up at cache #22. But back at the plot, you go off the paving after about 8 caches, and after that there’s a burst over agricultural land until you get back to #15, which is alongside the Santa Pod Raceway – the UK’s home of the kind of drag racing that doesn’t include RuPaul. You know, the kind that involves blokes in very flashy gear going at it full tilt in an attempt to get one over on the other. That’s drag racing, not RuPaul. Although, one reflection, that description could apply to RuPaul’s Drag Race too. Oh! I’m confused now. The one with the cars. That’s the one they do at Santa Pod.

Changing the subject rather rapidly, to avoid further confusion, when you cross the railway line again there were a couple of off-series caches – one earthcache and one traditional round the back of an old brick ventilation tower.

From that point, it was a fairly quick walk back along a wide, grassy bridleway back to the road and then back into town.

The caching was fairly quick, and when I got back to the car I had plenty of time left to do a bunch of drive-bys on the way home, mainly in Felmersham and Odell.

I found a total of 46 caches on the day. They were: