Name: Finchampstead Undulations, by AmayaTom
No. Caches: 23
Distance: 3.8 Miles
Location: Finchampstead, Berkshire
Geocaching.com Map: Link
First in Series: GC25EMP
Walked on: 22nd March 2014
Weather: Dry and sunny
Terrain: flat, footpaths
Parking: Near St Jame’s Church, Finchampstead
Total Ascent: 281 feet
This series has been running since 2010 and is clearly very popular with over 650 finds, it begins and ends at Finchampstead in Berkshire. There was plenty of parking outside the church or alongside the village green near the Queens Oak public house which is the only pub in the country with this name. There is one multi cache on the walk which provided a short insight into an historic event that took place here. All the other caches were quick and easy to find and there are a few others on the route. A very enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Whilst you are here you can find the oldest traditional cache in Berkshire and old virtual too.
We parked beside the green near to St James Church which is located about 1/2 a mile north of the main village. The Norman church dates back to the 16th Century. Before setting off on the series I found the oldest cache in Berkshire GCBE3 (with 895 finds so far) as it was located close by and it was quiet. There is a tradition of planting oak trees to celebrate the monarchs jubilee’s and there is also a nice little virtual cache that involves seeking them out.
The footpath goes through the church yard and then heads south passing several playing fields where several Saturday morning football matches were in play. We reached the main part of the village and found the “just about pumped out” cache on the side of a busy road, most locals probably just drive by it.
Before heading out in the countryside section of the series we first had to locate a quick multi cache be answering questions about an historic event involving King Henry VII that took place here in a few hundred years ago.
We then headed out in the countryside an tracked around the edge of Fleet Woods, some sections of the path along here were a little muddy and wet.
The daffodils were out in full bloom alongside the roadside.
From Eversley the footpath led us all the way back to the start along the side were clumps of daffodils out in bloom along the side of the path.