A really fab day caching on the Kennet and Avon Canal, with my chums Rockin’ Rob and the Lovely Miche.
We didn’t do the full ten we’d planned to do – that would have involved walking a ten miles stretch and bussing back to where we’d left the car, and the bus times weren’t playing ball. But we had a very nice walk of about 8 miles, and logged eight caches.The weather was grand, and we’d picked the right day to watch part of the annual Devizes to Westminster canoe race as well, which all added to the fun. We hadn’t planned to do Hungerford Lock, but when we parked it popped up as the nearest cache, only 500 feet away! Then we headed downstream, grabbing Wire Lock and Brunsden’s Lock before reaching the pub which is the clue for the multi-cache Kintbury Lock II. We had a big glass of Diet Coke each and fed crumbs of chocolate fudge to the ducks while Rob did the maths, and then headed off to find the box. Then it was back to the towpath and on.

Next was Shepherd’s Bridge, where we had to wait for some non-cachers to move on before we could retrieve the cache , then we moved on to Dreweat’s Lock and Copse Lock, where we had the added entertainment of hearing some novice narrowboaters make expensive noises as they tried to thread their boat into the lock. We DID help with the gates though. There were also a couple of kids playing on a rope swing nearby, we were hoping the rope would break and send one flying gracefully into the canal, but no luck.

The eighth and last of the day was Hamstead Lock, and then we walked back to Kintbury, from where the rail-replacement bus service returned us to the car (without charging us for the privilege!). A quick ice-cream later, and it was time to head for home so Rob and Miche could pretty themselves up (I think MacAlpines won the contract) before their evening out. Thanks very much to the geocaching team “Daisy and her Man” who placed all the lovely caches we found today, now all I have to do is sort out all the Stuograph pics I took along the way.

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