May 4 – Isle of Wight Walking Festival part 1 – Discovering Chines

To followers and occasional readers of our blog,

You may have wondered why our blogging has fallen away recently. Well we’d had lots of adventures which should be published soon, but before we set about writing the first one… we went Segway riding.

Or in Mr Hg137’s case, Segway falling-off-and-cracking-a-bone-in-his-upper-arm-riding.

His writing arm. His main typing arm.

So our caching adventures are slightly on hold, but we will try over the forthcoming days, to bring you up-to-date with caching highlights BSA (Before Segway Accident)

We had often talked about visiting the Isle of Wight for its annual walking festival. Every year for just over 2 weeks there are about 250 guided/organised walks. As well as traditional rambles there are walks with alpacas, ghost walks, fossil walks etc..

Our visit was for just 4 days, and our intention was to mix the organised walks with our own geocaching.

Our first cache of the week was found on the mainland, before our ferry arrived, We had deliberately arrived early to give us time to walk the quarter-mile or so from the ferry terminal in Southampton, to the end of Southampton Quay. It was a fairly quick find given that there were really only 2 places to hid a black magnetic nano.. and once two muggles had moved from one of the targets.. the search was easy !

Black nano looking out across Southampton Water

Black nano looking out across Southampton Water

Our second cache was at Chiton Chine on the Isle of Wight. A free car park (always helps!), right next to GZ, and what should have been a quick cache and dash. However the co-ordinates were a bit out, we were also taken in by the very obvious cacher’s footpaths which were also wrong, but the cache was eventually found.

We then attended the Festival Walk entitled “Changing Chines”. A chine is a (generally small) river or stream which flows through the coastal cliffs to the sea, leaving a steep sided river valley in the cliffs. Over time, as cliffs erode, the chines move further inland. Each chine supports a range of habitats and species including the rare Glanville fritillary. We visited 4 separate chines on the walk and learned so much that this write-up doesn’t do it justice !

We did have one eye on the GPS, thinking we might pass by a cache. We didn’t, which was fortunate as the bright Bank Holiday weather had brought a bumper turnout on the walk – well over 60 people !

How can we cache with all these muggles about ?

How can we cache with all these muggles about ?

In the evening we had planned to do a 3 hour moonlit walk. But we were tired and heavy rain was forecast (no moonlight!) so instead we walked a short distance from our hotel to a nearby cache. The light was fading, but trying to find a magnetic nano on a metal seat was fruitless. We searched in almost dark, getting wetter as the rain started to arrive – but no luck.

A disappointing end, to a long and varied day, and yet only 2 caches found. Fingers crossed for a better haul tomorrow !

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2 Responses to “May 4 – Isle of Wight Walking Festival part 1 – Discovering Chines”

  1. TheRobbInn Says:

    I wonder whether we passed each other as we were on the Island at the same time. Didn’t do the walk though. Found a few caches and a couple of previous DNFs so very happy.

    • hg137 Says:

      We could well have passed each other…having said that you WILL get a mention in our next blog entry..once the nursemaid (aka Mrs Hg137) has done the cooking, housework, gardening…


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