The MK Boundary Walk Violet Section ran from Stony Stratford up to the marina at Yardley Gobion, and was pretty much alongside water the whole way. In Stony and through Wolverton it was alongside the River Great Ouse, through the parks around the outside of the town. It then branched north along the Grand Union Canal up to Yardley Gobion, passing through the village of Cosgrove on the way.
The fact that this course is almost entirely alongside water means two things in the context of geocaching. Firstly, no hills. OK, there are a few steps to get up from the river to the canal, but otherwise it’s flatter than a flat thing. Secondly, especially alongside the river, there is a tendency for the series to be inaccessible during wet conditions. Indeed, some of the caches were so inaccessible at times that they floated away. The CO had to start setting them higher up or fastening them to posts and trees to stop them from wandering off.
Thankfully on the day that I did them I didn’t get wet. I did the higher numbered ones in backwards order, starting at Yardley Gobion, having previously done the lower numbered ones on the end of my walk for the Turquoise Section (see MKBW Turquoise). So my objective was to get from Yardley Gobion back into Stony Stratford, where Kas had arranged to take the girls to see a hairdresser at some point in the afternoon. As all sections of the MKBW were point-to-point, I needed Kas to drop me off so I could walk back. Either that or I’d have to leave my car and she’d have to drive me back to it. Very inefficient.
The day of my walk turned into a very pleasant early autumn afternoon, and I found the majority of caches I was looking for without too much bother. I started in Yardley Gobion to do a cluster around and outside the village there before venturing down to the canalside to begin the trek home.
The caches I found on this day were :
- Five Fingered willow
- Horse Tunnel
- MKBW – Violet 10 – Nr The Mill
- MKBW – Violet 15 – Multi Trunked tree
- MKBW – Violet 11 – A tall Story!
- MKBW – Violet 12 – Keep me Posted
- MKBW – Violet 13 – Medieval Village
- MKBW – Violet 9 – Down by the Riverside
- MKBW – Violet 27 – Dot’s dream
- MKBW – Violet 18 – Emerald
- MKBW – Violet 19 – Bridge 65
- MKBW – Violet 20 – Ivy covered tree
- MKBW – Violet 21 – Sapphire
- MKBW – Violet 22 – Diamond
- MKBW – Violet 23 – Braunston 26 Miles
- MKBW – Violet 24 – The Navigation
- MKBW – Violet 25 – Fence post
- MKBW – Violet 26 – Another tree
- MKBW – Violet 28 – Serenity
- MKBW – Violet 29 – Bridge 63