First in series: GC48326 Walked on: 20/04/2013
The weather forecast looked great for Saturday so I decided to that I would head up, with Pip the geohound, to an area I have enjoyed caching in before. There are a few trails in the area and the Grafton Loop and Grafton Flyford series are very close together, you could probably join them as one if you wanted to.
I arrived later than planned and parked outside St. John’s Church in Grafton Flyford where the series sets off from. On arrival here there was a large crowd of walkers gathering, they turned out to be bird spotters about to head off for a bit of twitching , I waited for them to depart before starting because the first cache was nearby in the car park.
After finding the first cleverly disguised cache we had a short walk along a quite road to pick up the second in the series before turning off into the countryside. The series owner ‘unowho67’ has been very helpful with his directions and additional way points throughout the walk that we were able to navigate the tricky sections with ease.
We walked west from Grafton Flyford along an excellent footpath at the bottom of hill with an isolated Trig Point on top. A farmer was out working in an adjacent field on his tractor and then suddenly started driving over towards me, I thought that I had been rumbled but he drove on past!
At no. 8 we headed up a not very steep hill along a gravel path, then straight down the other side. By this point it was a lovely morning, the sun was shinning and the sky was a deep blue, it was simply a wonderful spring morning.
After a tricky one at no. 12 we headed up the hill again to Hill Court Manor House perched on the top. Hill Court is a 16th century timber framed and brick listed building. Apart from it’s human residents it is also home to several noisy dogs that barked the whole time we were there.
From Hill court we walked along the ridge of the hill with some great views before descending back down the hill to do a loop through and around Grafton Wood. There are no caches in the wood as it is a nature reserve but it was very pleasant to walk through but a little boggy in places, the track is not marked on the 1:50k OS map but ‘unowho67’ guided us through. I met a couple of muggles here who were looking to join the Wychavon Way. We went on our separate ways at this point and then met up again at no. 25 where I had got caught with a tricky find.
The last 4 caches brought us back to the church from where we began. By this time were a little hungry from the morning’s walk and as the sun was shinning and it was lovely and warm we sat on the seat inside the church grounds and eat our sandwiches and biscuits and reflected on the walk.
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