We’re running out of caches near home so today we drove just over 20 miles out Suffolk way. This was our first day of caching in Suffolk (And added another one to our “countys cached in” map taking us to 18 counties) and we had a great time. We found 36 in total, with 1 DNF and despite the rain coming in the early afternoon and lowering morale we still soldiered on and reached our 1600th milestone.
I’d produced the usual caching map of the area we were planning on visiting earlier in the week and hadn’t thought much of what caches we would aim to hit until this morning. We decided the first port of call would be Buenas Bures which we then realised was Andy_uk63’s. Excellent! 🙂
On the way there we also grabbed a couple of Andy_uk63’s caches, one at the station and a church micro at Pebmarsh to start the day off. We then parked up at the waypoint and started heading to the waypoint that marked the start of the footpath (love it when we have waypoints to get us started!) It was then up to us to get around the trail of 10 caches and I’m so impressed that we didn’t get lost once. I guess the cacher senses were tingling today as we usually get lost at some point.
Halfway through the trail we also bumped into Fen Ford Find. A nice little ford, and an interesting choice of cache container: A small milkshake bottle. Usually that would seem a bit crappy, but it fitted perfectly in its hiding place.
After this find we clambered up the hill in Arger Fen Nature Reserve for the rest of the caches in the trail. We were very pleased that we’d manage to navigate through ok.
We admired the views from the top until we realised the path was through the muddy farmer’s field. Ah! Luckily it was quite sandy underfoot and we didn’t get too muddy at all which is always a relief.
It was a lovely little walk around and we found all of the caches with ease. The final cache was at a bench which was very suitably placed as we reached it about 12:00 and just in time for lunch. I decided to try and be a bit arty and experiment with the colours in the field.
After this we headed into Bures to get some of “The office caches” which were dotted around there. I hopped out the car at the footpath to #3 and went in on my own to grab the find as there wasn’t anywhere suitable to park. It was a recently laid cache and I had read in a previous log that someone warned of barbed wire. They said it had gone right through their sole but luckily hadn’t drawn blood. I was extra careful and saw the barbed wire fence. There was a point at which the fence had fallen down and the GPSr pointed to the tree past it. I jumped over the barbed wire laying on the ground, up the slippery bank, through the nettles, removed some bramble branch camo, weaved my hand between holly leaves and eventually pulled the cache out before sliding down the bank and having to be mega careful to also not get speared with a barb. The prickliest cache ever!!!!!
I’m going to have a bit of a moan now… I don’t like caches that are placed behind barbed wire fences. It doesn’t matter if the fence is up, or if it’s down, it is still marking an obvious boundary between public and private. Fair enough ALL land is owned by someone and the right thing to do before placing any cache is contact the owner and ask permission. However placing a cache that is past someone’s obvious boundary fence (this example was about 25ft past it) is in my opinion (and remember this is just my opinion) rude. Not to mention dangerous as the barbed wire on the ground was right at the bottom of the slippery bank. I’m just saying, it’s not something I would do nor enjoyed retrieving. All that aside there was an awesome coin in there that I couldn’t resist.
Office cache #1 was a very quick grab, and Office cache #2 took us to us to a high-muggle traffic park where a footie match was on. The cache was at the bridge which took a little while to grab, but after finding the cache location was obvious.
We then headed up to Edwardstone, stopping at Church Micro 1229 – Boxford on the way. We had planned to grab one or two of the seemingly randomly placed caches in Edwardstone, however when I read the descriptions I realised that they were part of a trail of 9. The rain was now pounding and the wind had gotten up so we didn’t fancy the 6km walk for them all so we did it by car, parking at the likely spots and walking to GZ. It worked really well actually.
We went to the Millennium Green to a nice little woodland for an easy to find cache ‘Beyond the Millennium‘, hidden in a good spot.
This was followed by George’s Red Box on possibly the most remote, secluded postbox I’ve ever seen. It was just stuck in a hedge!!!
We carried on towards Sudbury and grabbed Church Micro 1259 – Newton Green.
At the church we then discovered another unexpected series of caches. We hadn’t realised they were linked as they didn’t share the same name. This time 5 caches over quite a short distance so we parked up and walked to them through a golf course that seemed to have only teenagers paying on it. I wonder if it was a special course set up by the council or something. After grabbing the first two caches we were in for a real treat as the other 3 turned out to be in a massive Orchard. We saw cox apple trees, Bramley apple trees, Braeburn apple trees, Russet apple trees, plum trees, raspberry bushes and pear trees. Wow!
We finished our day in Suffolk by heading up to Sudbury and grabbing Market Hill #12, a micro on a road sign which we actually found on the floor by the bin. I think finders really need to remember that it’s not the signs that are magnetic, but the poles in the middle.
We were nearly finished, but couldn’t resist Church Micro 725…Bulmer on the way through.
Finally in true cassandy style we made a right pig’s ear of our final cache, Jessie’s Birthday Cache. Sometimes caches at the base of a tree are hidden so well you only get it the 4th time you look! Thought we would have to DNF, but we got there in the end.
The sky at the end of the day (approx 6:00pm) was a lovely sight and we were very pleased with our day of Suffolk caches.
I feel very sleepy now and feel like I could sleep for all of the next day, well, maybe at least until I have to get up for work tomorrow!!!
Happy caching! 😀