Caching One Day At A Time
For my first “official” trip out since the latest Coronavirus lockdown, I have decided to come a bit further afield to try to find some caches to meet a few challenges. My plan was to get into the Ramsgate area as dawn broke and find two virtual caches which would qualify me for a challenge in Faversham and one near Kemsing.
I would then work my way through a few villages collecting Church micros and Village sign caches to the the Clowes Wood Puzzles Series south of Whitstable. This series of 4D jigsaws took me absolutely ages to complete after originally discarding them.
I would finish off the day in Faversham picking up some challenge caches in particular those in the 100 Challenge Series. Here’s
how the day went.
2 Traditional 2 Virtual 3 Multi 19 Mystery
I decided that I had unfinished business on the Cliffe Peninsula in Kent, an area that featured strongly in the writings of Charles Dickens. Cooling Church was mentioned in “Great Expectations” in the bit where Magwitch had escaped from a prison hulk and encountered young Pip in the churchyard.
I have been meaning to visit the Charnel House in Cliffe for a long time and today’s the day. The Charnel was built in the mid-19th century and used as a makeshift mortuary until bodies were taken away to be buried. Its location close to the River Thames was significant as any bodies found on the foreshore or floating in the river were taken to the Charnel House to await identification and burial. However, it was clear that if men died on the ships travelling up and down the Thames they would often just be dropped into the river to avoid the expense of burial. In a similar vein, the villagers would sometimes push washed-up bodies back into the river in the hope they would be washed further upriver so that another parish would have the expense of dealing with them.
There was an Earthcache at the Charnel but I had other places to visit before I got there. As dawn broke, I was at the CM multi at Higham - St John but although the CO saying that the info is still correct, the cache is still missing which was very disappointing.🙁
So I drove up to Cliffe picking up three trads on the way and then the trad VS before parking up by the church. I found the CM multi which was based on the crash nearby of a Stirling bomber in 1942. As this multi brought me close to the Charnel House, I sorted out the information on the flint construction for later.
I was now off to Cooling for a couple of caches that I had failed at previously, taking in one of the TuGS C&D series. I parked up near Cooling Castle which I now know is owned by Jools Holland. I tried to find one of the Cooling Crawl series and the bonus cache but again no joy.🙁
Deciding to give this series an all time swerve, I drove down to High Halstow for a couple of caches. I eventually found the 2.5/2 trad In with the Ivy but couldn’t get all the info for the VS multi. 🙁
Time was getting on and I wanted to end the morning so I drove down to Hoo St Werburgh for the CM multi. This was only a 1.5/1.5 but I had to search the grave yard for a military memorial for the information. Luckily I found what I wanted on the sixth one I found. After working out the coords, I had to do a half mile walk. This multi deserved a much higher D/T.🤔
1 Earthcache 2 Multi 6 Traditional
I hoping to finish of the Fawkham Green Gamble this morning and when the alarm went off this morning at 0540 instead of 0440, I realised that the chances of this were slim. However I thought that I’d give it my best shot and drove down to Fawkham Green and parked across the road to the WM and the VS.
I set off up Sun Hill and quickly started the day off with a quick find at #34, a 2/2 trad which was logically the finish of the series. However I was doing this in a haphazard way fitting it in with other caches and the time that I had available.
I carried on down the slope to the #33 trad and up the other side to the #32 trad. I covered a classic Dip Slope here which I found out about when I did the 4.5/3 VS~480 Fawkham Green (Dip Slope Earthcache.) Once back on the road, in fact, School Lane, I found the info for the #31 multi, which I would do later. I carried on down the lane gathering trad down to #26 but picking up the info for the #29 multi. When I reached #26, I realised that I had lost a glove but at least I could follow my path back and look for it.
I turned off down a bridle path collecting trads down to #20 where I reversed and walked all the way back to the final of #29 which was worth a fave point due to the container and the field puzzle. I picked up the final of #31 and set off back to the Dip Slope but I still hadn’t found my glove. Luckily I found it at #33.
BacK in the village centre, I reckoned that I had enough time to almost finish the series so I set off up Michael’s Lane before branching off onto the footpath down to #1, a useful 2.5/3.5 Letterbox which was quickly found. I set off up the slope to finish off the rest of the trads in this section. I found #2 and worked my way up to #5 but there were workmen here doing some ground work on the golf course.
I gave this a swerve and quickly found #6 in a copse but had to go back to #5. I didn’t want to leave this but it didn’t look I could get it. However I returned, the digger had paused and I tried to suss out where the cache was - the digger driver opened his cab and asked if he could help - I asked him if he knew what geocaching was and he did.😀 I said that there was a cache in that hedge there and would be give me a couple of minutes to look for I. He said ok and the cache was quickly found - I asked the driver if he was a geocacher and he said no but his little sister was - he started up the digger and I wished him well.
So I followed my tracks back into the village and set off for home but my caching day wasn’t done. I had worked out the final coords to the #14 multi last week and I had a quick find here of the final cache of this splendid series.
1 Letterbox 1 Mystery 3 Multi 17 Traditional