May 23 : Devon / Cornwall : Day 2 : Liskeard, Stone Circles and the Cheesewring

Cheesewring

Cheesewring

PROLOGUE

“Oooh that looks adventurous..”

We were walking back from breakfast and saw a lady carrying walking boots.

“…Are you walking anywhere exciting?” Mr Hg137 continued.

The reply astounded us.

“I do this thing, called, um, er, geocaching”.

And so we had a connection with 4 fellow guests in the hotel.

Cornish Compass Series

Cornish Compass Series

Their geocaching adventure over the next 3 days was to undertake and complete the “Compass Series”. A series of 360 caches around the edge of Bodmin Moor. These were puzzle caches and the exact co-ordinates had to be derived to find the true cache location (not quite as shown on the map above). We’d worked out all 360 locations too, and would attempt some during the week. Having travelled all the distance to Cornwall we wanted to savour the delights of the County rather than the inside of a car for hours on end! (As it turned out we found Compass caches on 4 days and our full blog on the Compass series will appear at the end of our holiday blogs).

We also had a connection with another guest staying the hotel – as we saw a car with a travel bug in the rear window and it didn’t belong to the Compass Cachers!

MORNING

Like many other people, when we arrive in a new town we like to explore. This morning was no different. Liskeard is a small market town with a population of just under 12,000 people. It has quite a bustling town centre, a museum, tourist information office and much more besides. Our main targets were two of its caches. The first, surprisingly close to our hotel, was “Supermarket Sweep – Liskeard”. We always assumed that ‘supermarket’ caches needed to be placed near to, or in sight of, the supermarket it related to. This cache was deep in small woodland – easy enough to find – but not what we were expecting as we hadn’t put walking boots on!

St Martins, Liskeard

St Martins, Liskeard

Our second cache, a Church Micro, was a much easier find. A multi, which required a visit to a gravestone to collect a small amount of information, and then yards from the lych-gate was the cache. Our only problem was waiting for a van to move from GZ so we could approach and collect the cache!
We half-attempted another cache, but this cache was housed inside a building with limited opening hours and, as it turned out, we were never in the town centre when it was opened.

AFTERNOON

Our main caching trip came in the afternoon with sightseeing targets were The Hurlers Stone Circle(s) and the Cheesewring. Before we arrived at them though we paid a visit to Sterts Open Air Theatre. Liskeard Tourist Information had told us about the theatre, and with a production of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” scheduled for later in the week, we thought we’d buy some tickets. Technically the theatre open air, but a large yellow canvas roof provides weather protection.

Sterts Open Air Theatre

Sterts Open Air Theatre

We left our car in the theatre car park and found our first two compass caches! Doubling our Cornish cache tally!

We moved the car to a car park just outside Minions (“the highest village in Cornwall”). The car park provided easy access to a few more Compass Caches as well as short climb to the Stone Circles and then, a much longer climb to the Cheesewring. This is where we let our sightseeing head overrule our caching one. There was a perfectly good circular series of caches we should have followed to the top, but somehow we managed to walk up a path avoiding them all! Whoops!

Hurlers Stone Circles

Hurlers Stone Circles

Old Mine Building

Old Mine Building

The Cheesewring is surrounded by a granite boulder field and under one of these boulders lay the cache “Scrumpy” where we found the trackable “The Only Way is the Devon Way 2017”.
Because of its unusual formation the Cheesewring, and some surrounding rock stacks, is the host to a Earthcache, whose answers we correctly emailed to the cache owner.

Druid's Basins, near the Cheesewring

Druid’s Basins, near the Cheesewring


As we were about to leave the Cheesewring a German appeared, and we explained, with comprehensive actions, how the geology was formed. After we descended a few yards, we heard him explaining to his newly-arrived party the geology in German…and with the same set of actions! Isn’t education wonderful!

Hint : Under a pile of stones... yes really!

Hint : Under a pile of stones… yes really!


Our descent was via three caches (which we should have visited going up). Sadly for us, one was a DNF, one was well protected by a prickly bush and the other simply placed under a rock.

A nice simple descent after a busy day!

A nice simple descent after a busy day!

So we finished the day with 13 caches, the majority from the Compass series, but here are two of the others :

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