These two series from Tadley Trailblazers almost join onto each other so I choose to combine the two series into a longer walk containing 22 caches, plus a few others on the way. Keen to make the most of my holiday I drove down to Hampshire, it was another very cold day but at least it was dry. I parked up on the side of the road at the start of the bridleway that lead down to the woods of the Holt, there is room for a couple of cars here.
Most of the area is SSSI so the caches have been placed with permission and the CO has placed them so you don’t need to wander into the woodlands. I found the first 8 caches on the Wheat Hold series, leaving out number 5 for the return leg. The first few caches were easy to find but number 4 was missing. I searched the area until I eventually found the cache floating in the stream! I managed to retrieve it but it was full of water and required a good dry out and a new log book, I’m glad I carry spares.
After number 8 there was a short road section before we could join the A2B&B series. This series is along very different terrain to the Wheat Hold series. The first section of the series took us along a very muddy byway which in parts was a complete bog, but navigable with care. The path between no.2 and no.3 is completely flooded, it looks like it’s been that way for a while and the only way is to go around it and through the hedgerow, not too difficult though.
By the time that I reached no.6 at Curtis Farm the snow was coming down quite heavily but fortunately it didn’t last for very long. The trail continued along the edge of some fields and crossing a muddy section where the landowner has kindly put down some decent boards to help walkers cross. Then it was a short walk along the road through Axmansford back to the woods. We entered the woods at Smithleys Copse and picked up the Wheat Hold Series at no.9. Apart from a bit of GPS bounce here and there there caches were easy to find.
There is another cache in the Woods called Butler’s Copse, it has been there since 2003 but has recently been collecting lots of dnf’s. I decided to look for it but added to the list of dnf cachers. In the process of hunting it out I toppled into a ditch At this point I gave up hunting and headed back to the car, worked out the co-ordinates to the bonus cache and drove up the road to find it. Although it was a cold day this was a nice walk and and excellent series but you need good boots for the A2B&B section.
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