We’re used to heading down south now to do long Geocache walking trails, however recently poshrule has published many new circular walks between Huntingdon and Peterborough. This is absolutely perfect as they are not too far from home as we’ve nearly exhausted the circular trails near us.
We started early on Saturday morning with some quick drive by’s also laid by poshrule. We wanted to nip into Peterborough centre to get some Chinese curry paste from the chinese shop there (It’s the best!) so did these on the way up. They were great caches as there were a range of good quality containers, easy finds, and all of the places included safe parking places, which is so important for cache and dashes. Near the end of our cache and dashes we stopped off for the Earthcache Holme Fen Posts which took us to two huge posts which demonstrated the height that the fens used to be before the fens were drained and resulted in the ground sinking a massive 4 meters. This point is the lowest land point in England, 2.75m below sea level! You can see just how far the land has sunk by the photo of little me next to one of the posts.
Tour De Brick Pits
After our quick shopping spree we started the first of our poshrule trails, Tour De Brick Pits. This was situated in Yaxley and took us around the old London Brick clay pits which now look to be beautiful, blue lakes.
There were several lakes around the walk and plenty of wildlife to go along with it. We saw plenty of ducks, swans, a few herons and loads of blue dragon flies that danced around us as we walked along the paths. There were a good variety of containers and cache hiding places. It was simply a great walk, the big blue pits were very tempting to just dive in to though as Saturday was quite warm.
Next we went to do Crown Lakes. This was quite a short circuit for 10 caches at Crown Lakes Country Park. It was quite a muggle-rich location, however the caches were hidden in spots where it wasn’t too awkward and there was only one cache that we spent some time suspiciously hunting for, but only because there were so many potential hiding places. There was a nice big lake in the middle of the trail as well.
Finally we headed on to the Stilton Stumble series which included 21 caches plus some extras we could grab along the way. We started off a bit hesitant as the footpath looked as though it went to someone’s drive. We checked the 25k OS maps on the MMtracker app and this told us that we were indeed on the right path. We cautiously walked up the drive and found the footpath entrance to the left. Phew! It was then on for a lovely stroll through quite a few fields hunting for our caches.
At cache #4 it was a nice surprise to bump into a family caching, The Stilton Cheeses. They looked very suspicious huddling around the kissing gate that our GPSr was pointing at, so there was only one thing they could be doing! We carried on to the next cache with them and through a farm yard with cute cows. These ones were ok and weren’t phased at all by us passing through.
The best cache of the day came after cache #5, and this was Abandoned. Hidden in an abandoned church. Inside it was like a jungle! One of the reasons we always pack some jogging bottoms in the bag when venturing out in shorts. It was a brilliant location, and the first abandoned building I’d been in. There was a petition outside in a little wooden box from the villagers who are petitioning against the church being demolished, so we added our names to the list.
We continued along the trail to the very end until our poor feet couldn’t go on anymore and it was time to head home. We had a lovely day on poshrule’s new trails, so we decided to come back the following day, this time with Teddy…
We started off with the Folksworth Foray trail. This started at another cache, The Yew Tree which was hidden in a tree in a church yard. An unusual spot for a cache, however the GPSr took us straight to the tree that we needed.
It was then up around the fields. Teddy was keen to get around as fast as he possibly could and tried to drag us under some of the stiles!!!
There was a big mast covered in satellites that followed us around on the trails in this area. We got quite close to it when we went around this trail and pondered what it was for.
Again there was a good variety of cache hides on this walk, with an unexpected big regular box along the way which was very well hidden and took us a little searching to uncover.
Near the end of the trail we emerged from the fields into Folksworth. It was quite unexpected as we were walking through the fields, passed the sheep, through the kissing gate and came out in a housing estate! The sheep in this field were so friendly and you could tell they were used to people. They didn’t even bat an eye lid at us passing by.
Everything was going well and we were finding the caches without a problem. Then we looked at the footpath in the distance and saw… COWS! Oh dear. Cows and calves! We stood and watched them for a little while whilst working out an alternative route back when suddenly they started shifting into the field next door. Phew! We made our way up the hill and through the kissing gate to safety. I’m always so wary when we pass through cows. Especially when we have Teddy with us, and especially when there are calves.
We then headed for the Washingley Walkies trail for another 15 caches, plus a few extras on the way. This started off by taking us past the old site of a castle. There wasn’t anything left however, just a mound, but there was an information board about it at one of the cache sites. We then passed over a stile into a little private fishing lake with some pretty pink lillies floating on the surface.
Again, the trail was going all so well and then we bumped into a field full of white cows. Thankfully, this large herd was lying down a fair way from the footpath and we managed to all sneak past. They started to stir once we got to the other end and walked across the footpath so we passed them just in the nick of time.
We emerged from the fields out near a place called Manor Farm with even more cute lambs outside. They all rushed to the fence to say hello to us and were trying to escape through the holes!!!
Some drive-by’s and The Gidding Trail
By the time we had finished the trail, little Teddy was in the dog house… When searching for one of the caches he found some tempting looking fox poo and absolutely covered himself in it. It started raining outside so we didn’t fancy another walk and this meant drive-by’s with smelly poo dog! He was under strict instructions to stay in the back whilst we went around and scooped up a few more of poshrule’s drive-bys. There were some serious looking horns on some of the rams in the field near the High Haden Road cache!
After about an hour we stopped off for one final drive-by, however it was near the start of a quick trail of 5 nano caches over about a mile called The Gidding Trail. We couldn’t resist it so decided to go for it. The nanos were the tiny little tube ones rather than the usual magnetic ones and despite their size there was only 1 that was tricky to find, however cache #5 was a real pain. It took a few seconds to find, but we spent 5 minutes trying to get the logbook out of the container. It was wedged in so tightly and a previous finder hadn’t positioned the log retrieval device (otherwise known as string) back in the right place so despite trying with tweezers we just couldn’t get the book out to sign. The log was gradually deteriorating as I tried to get it out so I figured that a photo of the container would have to do as our proof of finding it! Don’t think we’ve ever had to do this before, as we’ve always managed to get the log out one way or another. The following day the CO visited and confirmed that the log was wedged right in and replaced it. I’m impressed with the CO’s cache maintenance for the series!
And that was the end of our busy caching weekend. We spent a lot of time outdoors this weekend, and our feet needed a rest by the end of it but it was worth it and we can’t wait to go back and finish off some more of poshrule’s great trails.