Name: Seven’s 70th Birthday, by Stockton Seven
Caches: 70+2 – 61 Micro’s, 11 Small
Distance: 11.5 Miles
Location: Risley, Bedfordshire
Geocaching.com Map: Link
First in Series: GC4EX08
Livestock: a few Sheep and ponies
Walked on: 15th March 2014
Weather: mixed grey cloud and blue skies
Terrain: undulating, nothing too difficult
Parking: Village Hall, Risley
Total Ascent: 626 ft
I felt like doing a long walk this weekend and one with a good number of caches, there are not many within driving distance and Seven’s 70th Birthday series was just on maximum traveling distance of 2 hours 10 mins from home.
The series starts from Risley, heads northwards through Worley’s Wood to Melchbourne, Yelden and Newton Bromswood which marks the halfway mark. Then it turns southward through Knotting, Knotting Green back to Risley. I walked the series comfortably in a day and although it is across undulating countryside, none of the more hillier sections provided too much trouble. This walk is mainly along footpaths and the occasional short road section. Whilst many of the paths take you around the edges of farmer’s fields, there are quite a number that cross through them. I was pleasantly surprised how dry they were and all were clearly defined. The sign posting was excellent on the whole series making navigating simple. The caches, which are mainly micro’s are set to be found but you will need eagle eyes to spot some of them and expect some gps bounce through the woodland sections.
The path through the centre of Worley’s wood is long and straight but expect some gps bounce through this section, 1 dnf along here.
The paths across the series are in very good condition and well defined although I can imagine they can get muddy.
A unique row of thatched cottages in the village of Melchcombe which we passed through.
This is about as wild as the horse get on this trail!
There’s no chance of getting lost or taking the wrong path, the sign posting on this series is some of the best you will find.
Spring had most definitely sprung this weekend, new lambs were getting their first outing, blossom on the blackthorn and daffodils popping up everywhere.
The farmers have done an excellent job to mark out the paths across the fields on the whole route.