Hello, Mrs Hg137 here.
July 13th is a special day for both of us, and mostly we try to do something a little bit out of the ordinary. So we both took the day off work, tried to decide what to do … and came up with Bekonscot Model Village. Mr Hg137 was told that he had been here before, as a child, but he has no recollection whatsoever of this. Hence this was a first for both of in some sort of way.
Off we went to Beaconsfield. But, just before journey’s end, there was a cache to be found on the edge of town. We parked, naughtily, in a private road, and set off back to the busy A40. Just a little way along was a footpath, formed out the old main road, and we assumed that our target would be along there. … Wrong … Back to the main road and along the verge and we soon had our hands on the cache, cleverly tucked away in an inconspicuous spot a little way away from the rushing traffic.
Then the main event of the day – the model village http://www.bekonscot.co.uk/ This is a super place!
It’s stuck in a ‘30s time warp; loads and loads of little people and animals are out and about in villages, on farms, working and travelling about … Trains trundle, wheels turn, boats sail, and all sorts of things move gently about. For those who like to spot detail, there are lots of visual and written puns to spot. We spent over three hours here, and it didn’t seem long at all.
And what’s there for geocachers? Well, there’s a multi-cache, ‘Giants of Bekonscot’, based on things to be seen in and around the model village. We did at least two circuits before we spotted them all. For a moment, while looking for a clue, we also thought we’d found another cacher – a lady and child scribbling down one of the numbers we were looking for. “Are you geocaching?”, we asked. Umm … no … she looked at us uncomprehendingly … they were doing a completely different quiz.
Clues solved and location derived, we had a short walk to the cache, arriving at a place that seemed reasonable, and which matched with previous logs. And, the pesky cache – we couldn’t find it! We were mindful of previous finders’ descriptions of faulty coordinates, and gave a good length of hedge a good thorough search, ignoring the sidelong glances of passing muggles. But so much time spent, and no result. (We’ve been in touch with the cache owner since, and may well be back for another try; we can’t let so much effort be wasted!)
We had a few extra other caches to collect nearby; a gentle walk in the woods was followed by the much more noisy, urban surroundings of Beaconsfield station (or Causton, if you watch Midsomer Murders) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaconsfield_railway_station – another cache from the Sidetracked series to add to our list.
And that was it for the day; big black clouds were gathering in the distance, and we wanted to go home. But what a cracking day out, and such a magical place in Bekonscot!