We are frequently asked by our friends, family and caching acquaintances whether we have another Annual Walking / Caching challenge.
Previous challenges (pre caching days) have included walking the South Downs Way, the Ridgeway, and the Three Castles Path. Our caching challenges have been to find 365 caches in a year (we now consistently find 400-430 caches per year) and to walk and cache the Thames Path.
This year we plan something different.
Something relevant to us.
Most of our readers know we live in Sandhurst (hence the blog title), home of the Royal Military Academy.
Few people know there are two other “Sandhurst”s in the UK. One is a small village just North of Gloucester, the other, a larger village, some miles East of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Coincidentally Sandhurst (Berkshire) is roughly equidistant between the other Sandhursts (about 80-90 miles away by road, and 60-75 miles as the crow flies).
Our challenge is to visit at least one, and hopefully both, other Sandhursts during the year. We will cache our way to them, using footpaths in preference to roads.
This challenge will be harder than other long distant routes we have walked for three reasons :
i) surprisingly (!) the route does NOT have its own guidebook
ii) the route will not be waymarked so will have to self-navigate and hope our map-reading is adequate
iii) some footpaths/bridges are, from time to time, closed. We may not find out about these closures until we are faced with them and will have to problem solve a new route as we go.
Depending on how we fare with one of our Sandhurst visits will determine whether we attempt the other this year.
We will call our route “The Sandhurst Trail” – so watch out Sandhursts… we’re coming to get you!