We’ve had a rough few weeks weather-wise in the UK, but with the bank holiday weekend starting 5th May approaching we kept our fingers crossed for good weather. We didn’t mind a bit of rain, or a few showers, but we just hoped that we wouldn’t have another experience like that when we were in Melton Mowbray when we could barely even do drive-by’s!
On the Saturday we headed to Cambridgeshire to do a couple of new Poshrule series: King’s Cliffe and Apethorpe Agadoo. We were so pleased that we went out despite the fears of rain as both were great series, each with some lovely features. We started with King’s Cliffe, a series of 30 caches over 8 miles with 3 extras along the way as well. To get to the first King’s Cliffe cache we had to pass by an old watermill. There was a very loud gushing sound of water which we could hear as we walked by. There was a gap in the wall where we could peek through and see the mill in action. It was very dark inside!
We crossed over the stream and were able to get a good view of the mill. The stream was very high, nearly at the top of the bank from all of the recent rain.
Most of the paths around the series were dry and fine to walk on despite the recent deluge of water! However there was one particular stretch between two caches where horses had walked through a rapeseed field and completely churned up the path. It was horrible! Poor little Teddy must have felt like he was walking through quick sand!
It got better though and we soon passed through a nice bluebell woods.
After a quick stop for lunch we drove just a couple of miles up the road for Apethorpe Agadoo, a series of 25 caches over 5 miles with 3 extras. Apparently along this series we walked past Rowan Atkinson’s house. We didn’t notice it though and only found out after we had completed the series.
One of the extra caches on the series was quite special, CC02- The Railway, we took the slightly wrong path to the cache and were confronted by a skull hanging next to the fence!!!
We carried on and eventually got to GZ. It was at an old railway tunnel. Although overgrown with nettles, you could still admire the brickwork and hard work that must have gone into constructing it.
At cache #9 we started to approach the remains of RAF King’s Cliffe. We were very pleased when we spotted an old gun emplacement sitting behind the trees and just had to go down and explore. Impressively, it wasn’t full of rubbish like a lot of these old world war buildings seem to be now. I guess it helped that it wasn’t near the road or easily accessible without a good walk!
There were many more old building at the airfield. Unfortunately the one that looked the most exciting to explore was flooded so we couldn’t enter.
There were also unfortunately a lot of buildings that had been just half demolished and left in a derelict state.
After passing through the airfield we came to another of the extra caches, this one was Glenn Miller Cache I had dismissed the name of the cache, and hadn’t realised the significance of the memorial it was taking us to until we were there. The memorial Read “Here Major Glenn Miller Conducted his Orchestra for its last airfield hanger concert Kings Cliffe USAF Station 367 3rd October 1944”
We really enjoyed the caching in this area with the lovely watermill and the remains of the old airfield and finished the day on exactly 70 finds!
On bank holiday Monday we headed to do the last outstanding Poshrule series that was left on our map: Swineshead Swashbuckle. As we were only doing one walk we decided to take Teddy along with us. Swineshead Swashbuckle is a series of 6 miles with 26 caches plus 4 extras (2 of which push the series closer to 7 miles).
We started off by grabbing a couple of cache and dashes on the way to the start of the series, including a few church micros. I’m always quite interested in village signs, and I think that Church Micro 2688… Stow Longa is placed in a village with the best village sign that we have seen so far!
We parked up for the series and after the first couple of caches we went off the series for Blondie Series – Atomic. We weren’t really expecting anything special from the cache, but we found a really nice ammo can decorated to match the cache title.
The walk was easy going passing through just a few fields. Teddy was a bit cautious going through some of them though as the crops were taller than him (although that’s not unusual!!!)
Unfortunately about half way through the series the rain kicked in… and then really poured down. We ended up drenched and poor little Teddy ended up wet, cold, and muddy! He was ok in the end though as we dried him off quickly and gave him a bowl of chicken, his favourite!
As the weather had taken a turn for the worst we headed for drive-by caches. There are plenty in that area so we had lots of caches to keep us busy for the rest of the afternoon. On our way between one of the driveby caches we had to stop sharply when we spotted a huge peacock sitting on top of a posh looking entrance. He really looked the part!
We ended the day with 63 cache finds!