A long day out up the top end of Northamptonshire doing a couple of loops that looked appealing, around the villages of Bulwick and Apethorpe.

I was out all day. I began my quest by parking up in Bulwick, from where I walked an anticlockwise loop around the fairly substantial 60-cache “Bulwick and Back Again” series.

It was a long old walk around and the weather was disappointingly dank, cold and generally yakky. The caching was pretty quick going though. The footing was mainly either tarmac or packed farm tracks. On the bits that were raw, most was grassed rather than muddy. There were thankfully few parts that involved knee-deep sludge.

Towards the end a couple of other cachers caught me up. They were progressing round really quickly. We sort of hitched up and finished the series together.


When we got back into Bulwick we were parked fairly close and they asked me if I’d like to accompany them for a few more around a different circuit. They suggested we drive over to the relatively short-looking “Apethorpe Archive” series of 20 caches. I was happy to join them and because we were a team of three (and because they walked at a natural pace above mine) we got the Apethorpe series done really quickly. I mean, 17-an-hour quickly.

It was essentially dark by the time we’d finished in Apethorpe. By that time, though, I’d made 85 finds and I’d had more than enough for the day. So I said goodbye and set off for the hour drive back home again.

The caches I found were :