It‘s Sunday and I’m back in Kent for another early morning circular walk. I’m going to tackle the Longfield Hill Loop. This series of 28 caches is around the said village, 5 and a half miles long over field footpaths and some roads. 🤔 I certainly won’t be able to complete the entire series in the time that I have available but I’ll give it a go.
It took me a while to find the suggested parking place. In fact I went right past and had to go right down to a farm with the butchers shop before I could turn. On the way back I found a decent parking place by some metal gates to seemingly nowhere just a couple of hundred yards down the lane from #1.
With the time at 0623, I’d sorted the first one and I’m off to the next one, not in the series. Longfield View has a low D/T, totally inappropriate, in my opinion. It took some time to bushwhack through the undergrowth to find the fiendishly hidden cache. Still another cacher followed my cachers trail for a quick find later that day.🤔
The series was shaping up nicely with a lot of clever ideas and cunning placements for the caches. I failed at the multi at #5 - Getting Noticed? but I made a cardinal error on this one. I worked my way up to #9, another multi but had another failure here. Numbers 10 and 15 were fairly straightforward and then I came spectacularly unstuck.
I couldn’t find the trad #16 - Spencer despite a long search and the multi #17 - Spuds, gave me loads of grief as my calculated coords put me in the middle of a ploughed field.☹️ So I gave up as time was getting on. Coming away from #16, I managed to get lost.☹️ In the end, I could see where the road was and headed down that way to what I thought was a gap in the hedge. Unfortunately there was no way through to the road and had to walk right up to the farm with the butcher’s shop that I had seen about 0620 this morning. I had to make up some time so set off at Scout’s pace back to the car.
On the way up Hartley Bottom Road, I picked up #18 - A First Class Cache, Orange Hill and #29 - Finally One For The Road, all trads. So the morning hadn’t been as successful as I had hoped but numerically, I done well.😀 Hopefully, my luck will improve and give me a clear run through the tunnel.