So the good lady wife said it was OK if I had a day out caching on the condition that a) she could still do parkrun and b) some unspecified form of repayment at some unspecified future date, all off which sounded fine to me. Anyway, the ladies of the house were all off to have their hair done. That’s an activity which has long since been unnecessary for myself. I’ve been folically challenged for a few years. And Ami was off to a friend’s house for tea. So I’d probably have spent most of the day on my own anyway. I arranged to pick up Wavvy just after Parkrun so we could go for a splurge around Sawtry.
Sawtry is the middle of probably in the UK’s densest caching zone. An area known locally as the Cachemuda Triangle. Many a geocacher has been known to get lost for days in there. Anyway, much like the last time I went to Peterborough with Wavvy, the weather could best be described as “inclement” when we set off. It was all horizontal rain and near-zero temperatures. Nice. Why do we do this?
Sawtry Fen Fumble
I had planned this as a “numbers” day, thinking that 9 hours free with a 40 minutes drive each way might mean about 40 caches at a push. We left MK at 10 and Wavvy needed to be home at 7, so whilst not exactly running to a tight schedule, it equally wasn’t going to be a “full” day out.
Wavvy had come armed with some cunning in-car GPS thingy and a laptop, so he was able to talk me into a good parking space interactively. This turned out to be a closed access road for an industrial park, on a roundabout. It was well out of the way on a Saturday lunchtime.
We were aiming at the Sawtry Fen Fumble – a circuit of 26 caches with a couple of add-ons over a course of under 4 miles. A good density for the UK. And whilst the caches themselves weren’t that inspiring (all 35mm film pots), the walk would be quite nice on a summer day. Just a shame it was cold wet and windy this day. Suffering for the sport again.
However, on a numbers day, it proved to be a great place to start. We started off just before 11 and were back at the car at 1 pm having already bagged 29 finds and no DNF’s. OK, one was a replacement, but nevertheless.
The Brucie Bonus
So all of a sudden the idea of 40 or so looked vanishingly small, and while we sat on the tailgate having lunch the estimates were going up rapidly. Just how to achieve it!
The chosen plan was to drive down the old A1 picking up bits of the MWM series, and the Woodwalton Walkies series by car. As it happens, we strayed over into the Wennington Walkies series a bit as well.
The caches we found on the splurge around Sawtry were: