Up and Down on Cock Hill

Up and Down on Cock Hill, 22 Caches, 5.71 miles, Somerset, by the Somerset Smurfs

I completed this series in April but haven’t had time to update my blog for a while. I arrived in the area quite early so it was still quite crisp but it was looking like it was going to be a sunny day ahead. At the parking spot I took the opportunity to grab a quick C & D to get my eye in.

Heading out from Benter Cross passing an unusual water trough!

The series begins from Benter Cross, a little hamlet south of Stratton-on-the-fosse along the top of a hill side which was still wet from the early morning dew. The trail takes you north west towards and around Cock Hill stone quarry, along ‘Gurneyslade Bottom’ along ‘T’Other side the Hill’, to Neighbourne and back to Benter.  These are all names recognised by Ordnance Survery, check them out on the map!

Following the Stream - but were we right to?

There was one short section through a wood betwen caches 6 & 8 where I thought I had taken the wrong path as we didn’t appear to be tracking the one on the OS map. But, it seems all paths lead to GZ so I need not have worried about it.

I think we are safe!

Caches 10 – 14 were a blast! They guided us around the top of Cock Hill stone quarry which fortunately was quiet today, then down the hill to Gurney Slade where we briefly passed the entrance to the quarry.

Heading Back to Benter

The last stretch of the walk took us through several fields, some contained sheep so Pip had to go back on the lead. I had to skip one of the caches along here due to several muggles nearby chatting, never mind. We arrived at Benter leaving us quite a steep uphill climb back to Benter Cross and the finish point.

This is a lovely series and we enjoyed it, but if you have a dog some of the stiles are not that easy to get them through. Overall though it’s a lovely location and a great series. You can combine it with the Chilcompton Charms series and do them both in one go, or do as I did and do them as separate series.

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