When a new series of caches is published, lots of cachers flock to it. This series, as the day turned out, was no different.
The series – Westoros Walk – was of 22 caches, with every cache named after places from the Game of Thrones series (No – it meant nothing to us either!). We also included a multi-cache which was on our route.
What was odd about this series was that the first 2 caches and final cache were very remote (walking-wise) from the main route. We therefore walked from cache 3 to cache 21 and then drove and cached and dashed to the remaining three.
The cache quality was excellent throughout, although the GPS co-ordinates were a few feet off on a number of occasions. Our ability to find these caches was helped by the 10 or so cachers who had already undertaken the trail in the first week.
Many of the caches were plastic boxes, generally very well camouflaged as well
as a few very small caches embedded in sticks and some others we won’t mention !
The paths were great throughout, and it was very pleasing to arrive at a point called ‘Five Ways’ , which we had passed through 3 years ago when we walked the Three Castles Path (Windsor to Winchester via Odiham). We spent some time here remembering the great walk we’d had on that occasion.
When we paused for lunch about halfway round, we remarked that we hadn’t seen many cachers, which we found surprising given the newness of the series. We spoke too soon!
Shortly after we arrived at cache 15, we saw another cacher (Adrian, Alivemore) at cache 14. We realised we’d left a hat near that GZ so we split up and jointly searched for the hat and the cache. The hat search was successful, the cache less so, and even with the assistance of Adrian we spent 20 minutes searching for cache 15.
Adrian, on his bike, pedalled off but we caught up with him again at the next cache where we saw 2 other cachers, Tadley Trailblazers and Minesweepers. It transpired Tadley Trailblazers had undertaken some of the caches when they were first published, and he was completing the series.
As we continued we saw our fourth cacher of the day, Danes Hunter who was also completing the series.
Our walking route finished at cache 21, something a bit different, where coincidentally Danes Hunter, Tadley Trailblazers and Minesweepers met again and compared notes on a great caching day out!