Caching on the way to Sherwood Forest

Notable caches found today: Wimpole Woods and the CCP (Colwick Country Park) trail

So up we went to Nottingham! We had the bikes on the rack on the back of the car as we had our eye on a few bike trails. On the way up there we had our eye on a very special cache. It was the only one we needed to complete our row of 2.5 terrain for all difficulties as it was a 2.5T and 4.5D cache. Surprisingly there are only 12 caches of this level within 100 miles of our home coordinates! This was the only one that was reachable without going very far out of our way or south of London. It was ‘Wimpole Woods‘ The full circular trail around to the cache was 3 or so miles long, however we cut it in half and approached at a different angle. What we didn’t realise was the massive hill we’d have to bike up to get to it. I think this must have upped our terrain to about 3.5!!!

View from the top

The cache was quite easy to get to and we found it without any problems. We are not able to get a cache in London that we have our eye on called ‘Gridlocked‘ that requires completing a terrain or difficulty line (Like bingo!) before you’re allowed to log it. So on our next trip to London we will grab it. I think a very cool little goal would be to get a cache of every difficulty and terrain rating combination (There are 81 combinations) and think I might have a go at planning to do this. […]

Bingo line

After that cache it was up to Nottingham. We stopped off at a Little Chef for lunch. What has Heston done to them? Personally we didn’t think there was anything wrong with what they had. It seems they’ve halved the menu choice and doubled the prices! The waiting times are just as long as they have always been though. Anyhow, I digress…

We had to check into our lodge by 7pm so knew we didn’t have time to mess around and get lots of caches so we targetted a trail laid in Colwick Country Park (CCP) which was bikeable. It was a lovely little ride around. The caches were a bit of a surprise though as all were listed as the size ‘Not chosen’. This threw us off a bit! We had expected it to be a bit more of a problem, but we got on really well despite not knowing what we were looking for.

Some over friendly muggles

Some interesting black fungus growing at GZ

The hints were pretty helpful and the only problem we had was getting to the last two caches as they had cut off the paths due to work on the flood defenses. It was a bit of a nightmare navigating around to them but we managed it. On the whole it was a really lovely bike around. It’s nice to be able to get on the bikes and do a trail as it gives the old pins a rest! Then it was on to our lodge. Little did we know that on this trip we would have some amazing adventures and bump into some lovely cachers…


3 Responses to “Caching on the way to Sherwood Forest”

  1. jane Says:

    There are some challenge caches that require you to log all 81 combinations. Sometimes called Well rounded cacher or fizzy challenge. One in CA is GC113bn. I’m sure there is one in the UK but can’t remember what it’s called!

  2. Martin Says:

    There are probably closer ones, but here’s one:

    GC22QHC – The Somerset Well Rounded Cacher

    The rubric says that only caches found after you register your interest count, so speculatively registering is probably a good idea.

    • geocass Says:

      Blimey that’s a tricky one! Thanks for pointing it out though Martin, wish I’d seen it sooner! I’ve registered my interest but I think it’ll be a while before I get there now I’m starting from a blank slate. It’s going to be a pain to keep track of. Now we have reached our goal of 1500 finds I think getting all 81 combinations has got to be the next goal… 🙂

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