We decided to have a weekend away. But where to go ? Believe it or not Milton Keynes came top of the list !
Our long weekend started with a visit to the National Trust property of Stowe Landscape Gardens. The gardens are extensive and were laid out by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1740s and are adjacent to Stowe Public School. Paths criss-cross the gardens around a number of lakes and the highlights are the statues and temples which you encounter as you walk around the grounds.
Sadly there are no caches in the main part of the National Trust Gardens!
However there is a caching trail which circumnavigates the National Trust property and we found 4 caches we could reach easily whilst we were ‘within’ the NT gardens.
The caches were a mixture small bison tubes, 5ml tubes, and tupperware boxes. The 5ml tube was an interesting find as the obvious place for it was in a fence-hole, but after much searching we found it on the ground under leaf cover. We replaced the cache in one of the fence-holes and informed the cache owner!
One of the easier finds was a tupperware containers in a laurel tree, but the tree was full of ladybirds! So much so that we were still finding ladybirds on our coats and in our hair half an hour later.
Another of the caches was close by the final ticket collection point before entry into the Gardens. We explained to the NT volunteer what we had been doing, she had heard of the cache but never found it…. we didn’t tell her either!
The photos for a change are not of caches but the monuments, statues and buildings in Stowe Gardens.
We had taken the Geokret trackable ‘Der Champion’ on our trip but we had plans for him. He was to be dropped off at a special cache in Milton Keynes so we kept him with us for now.