December 28 – Paddington Bear – part 1

Hello, Mrs Hg137 here.

A few weeks ago we went to see ‘Paddington’ (the film, which was excellent). To mark the film’s release, 50 statues of Paddington Bear have been put on show around London. We decided to go to see some of them, and to take in a few geocaches along the way.

Paddington - and lots of friends

Paddington – and lots of friends

Paddington - again

Paddington – again


We started, of course, at Paddington station, which is home to an existing statue of Paddington (also the subject of a geocache, so we claimed that one!) and the first of the Paddington statues; it was designed by the author of the books, Michael Bond, and is the traditional bear with hat, duffel coat, and case. Statues, both old and new, were festooned with children and other onlookers, and neither bear was alone for long!
Little Venice

Little Venice


While tracking the bears – we found 8 in and around Paddington – we diverted from the trail to take in three of the Side Tracked series – they are near stations (railway / underground). On our way, we walked along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, near Little Venice, and on to Paddington Basin. LOTS of money has been spent on the surroundings here: expensive paving, many statues (not only temporary ones of bears!) and on some very cool bridges. Two of them move and they are very clever indeed: Heatherwick’s Rolling Bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0Dj7XA77hw and the Fan Bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OsnjEs9Bmc
Paddington Basin - rolling bridge - unrolled

Paddington Basin – rolling bridge – unrolled

Paddington - at Paddington Basin - and the fan bridge

Paddington – at Paddington Basin – and the fan bridge


After finding six caches in and around Paddington, it was time to move on. Next stop – Oxford Circus, some more bears and some more caches. We had struggled with trying to find a moment to retrieve some of the caches already, as London, and especially stations, are just so busy with muggles (non cachers). It was going to be so much harder in Oxford Street …

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