[EDIT: I’ve edited this blog post as a few people weren’t too happy with my opinions on the cache containers hidden along the trail. Really that was the only negative thing I emphasised and I did have a bit of a moan (I’m female after all!) I didn’t realise that people would view my comments as being as harsh as they possibly sounded so I have removed the negatives and just left the positives about a very enjoyable days caching. I also didn’t expect so many visitors to the site! So Hello!!!]
Hooray! At last another geocache trail that we can can bike! We decided to go along the “Flitch Way” from Little Canfield to Braintree. It goes all the way from Bishops Stortford, however the caches don’t go all of the way along. The old railway used to run along the Flitch Way and instead of letting it overgrow they turned it into a long distance footpath/cycle path! Brilliant!
On the way there we stopped at the Takeley Heathen Stone Geocache (GC1VBN7) Essex is a bit famous for its random large bolders scattered here an there, especially the Hertfordshire “Puddingstone”. There are quite a lot at road junctions, and along church walls, etc. there’s also a theory that they stretch along to stone henge as part of a trail. I’m quite interested in them actually, so it was good to find one.
After this we went onto the trail. The weather was pretty kind to us and we managed to get along most of it without even a splatter of rain. The rain came at the end along the big stretch back, however managed to stop in time to let the wind dry us out!
A lot of the caches along the Flitch way have been placed by a user employed as a ‘Professional Geocacher’ to increase the knowledge of County Parks in Essex. The project is funded by funds from the National Lottery.
We found 39 caches in all and about 35 were along the Flitch Way stretch. The majority were placed by this Essex County Parks scheme but the caches placed by other cachers did have ‘the edge’!
One of the two highlights of the day was ‘find the log & log your find Flitch way 2#‘. The container was a piece of plumbing pipe. I know it’s not majorly exciting but it was different. Inside was a note from “Flitch Way Doggy Walker” apologising for taking the container. They said that they have put it back now and hopes our searches can continue. Haha! I guess someone took it and didn’t realise what it was. At least it’s safe and sound!
And the major highlight of the day was BUNKER (I’m not giving the link or GC code as this is a bit of a SPOILER). We spent quite a while searching for it. It ended up being a big chunk of concete with a plastic jar inside. It was created to match the theme of a world war bunker. It was stuck in the ground and I only managed to find it when I saw the little Geocaching logo peeking out at me!!! What a great idea!
It was a great day’s caching. I would highly recommend this stretch though and it was one of my most favorite Geocaching days out just for the cycle ride and the adventure. So if you’re ever in the area give this one ago. I’d be interested in seeing what other cachers honestly thought about some of the containers…