Longparish Riverdance, Longparish, Hampshire

Name: Longparish Riverdance by Andover Geocachers
No. Caches: 14
Distance:  4 Miles
Location: Longparish, Hampshire
Geocaching.com Map: Link
First in Series: GC3NBHN
Livestock: Cows in last field but avoidable
Walked on: 6th June 2014
Weather: Sunshine
Terrain: Easy going, no big hills, quality footpaths
Parking: Village Hall
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This is a lovely series. Pip just loves water so with several opportunities to get into the river on the series she was in her element. We had sunshine the whole afternoon which made the water glisten as it bounced off the surface. This is a series that doesn’t want to be rushed, take a stroll and enjoy the beautiful riverscapes and the village of Longparish.


Longparish Riverdance #1 GC3NBHN Found it
Having completed the Harewood Hike in the morning we returned to the Longparish village hall where we had parked the car and had our picnic before starting out on the Riverdance series. I have had this one on the list to do for a while and was really looking forward to doing it today. The weather turned out to beautiful for us today which was perfect for this series. We wandered through the streets of Longparish passing the plough pub on the way. We also passed a small stream at the side of the road with crystal clear water from which I replenished Pip the geohounds water bottle, I need not have bothered there was plenty of water for her to drink from along the walk. After a short walk through the meadow we arrived at GZ, the bright sunshine meant that it took a few minutes for my eyes to adjust before I spotted this one.


Longparish Riverdance #2 GC3NBJB Found it
I wasn’t sure which way to go to get to this one, the obvious path ahead seem to take us slightly in the wrong direction but we followed it and after passing an allotment we back tracked along the road passing the village playground and cricket pitch. The memorial here seemed to be in an odd place at the side of the road and I’d imagine that most people miss it.


Longparish Riverdance #3 GC3NBJM Found it
After the last one we walked along the road through the other end of the village passing The Crickers pub, I know why it’s called that now.


Longparish Riverdance #4 GC3NBJN Found it
I stayed on the road heading out of the village until I arrived at GZ, I wondered if this was the right thing to do, it wasn’t until I checked the map back at home that I realised there was a footpath through the houses and fields to here.


Longparish Riverdance #5 GC3NBJR Found it
Once again after the last cache I wasn’t sure if I should take the road or the path around the edge of the field, I took the latter and luckily it was a good choice and led me to GZ. At GZ though it took a little searching before I located the cache, in what was quite an obvious spot but I had missed it on the initial glance.


Longparish Riverdance #6 GC3NBJY Found it
We had another road section to travel along to get here, thankfully the cars were driving sensibly. I searched the wrong spot, there are several hint items and my GPS took me to the wrong one. Thankfully there weren’t any muggles sitting in their front garden on such a nice day otherwise it could have been a bit more tricky. Pip went for a quick swim in the river shortly after this one, it was crystal clear but quite deep so she wasn’t in it for long.


Longparish Riverdance #7 GC3NBKA Found it
To get to this one we went passed a restored water mill, I worked out the co-ordinates for the multi but the cache was further off our route than was ideal so we carried on to this one. After passing the mill and crossing a little wooden bridge we were confronted with a flooded and boggy path, there was no way around it so we had to go through it. With the aid of my walking pole I carefully I balanced along the tree branches that had been laid down in it and made it safely and cleanly across. That wasn’t the end of it, there was more boggy mud along the thin strip of path leading to GZ, but once here the cache was very quick to find.


Longparish Riverdance #8 GC3NBKJ Found it
We crossed over one of the longest and lowest wooden bridges I seen. The water underneath was very clear and fast flowing, I could see right through to the gravel river bed and stopped at this picturesque spot for a short while watching the young brown trout swiming againstthe current. We then had to cross through a field with about 20 – 30 young cattle. As I had Pip with me I was a little nervous about the long crossing but I needn’t have been as the cattle showed zero interest and walked off in the other direction. After a short rummage in the ivy at GZ we soon found the cache.


Longparish Riverdance #9 GC3NBKR Found it
Safely through the cattle, we followed the paths worn in to the grass through the next field.


Longparish Riverdance #10 GC3NBKW Found it
We left the field and onto a back road and passed over a humped back bridge over the river again. The weed in the river was flowering with white blossom on top of the water. We passed a lake full of water fowl to reach GZ.


Longparish Riverdance #11 GC3NBKX Found it
A little bit further along the country road to this Ford, Pip was once again able to have a paddle and a drink in the river whilst I signed the log. The thin strip of land along the edge of the river was packed with black sheep graving on the grass.


Longparish Riverdance #12 GC3NBM0 Didn’t find it
A dnf here, I couldn’t seem to get a fix on the gps and there were too many cars coming along at this point which was unsafe with Pip in tow so I abandoned the search and headed to the next.


Longparish Riverdance #13 GC3NBM3 Found it
This one was much easier to find at the edge of the road, we passed some mugglists (muggles on bikes) on the way.


Longparish Riverdance #14 – CM 2795…Longparish GC3NBM7 Found it
We passed the school on the way, there were lots of children in the fields playing a game of tag. We walked through the church yard to get to GZ and quickly found the cache. We decided to back track after this one so as to avoid the cows in the final field. This was the last one of a lovely series. Pip just loves water so with several opportunities to get into the river on the series she was in her element. We had sunshine the whole afternoon which made the water glisten as it bounced off the surface. This is a series that doesn’t want to be rushed, take a stroll and enjoy the beautiful riverscapes and the village of Longparish. Thanks for the series and a favorite point awarded.

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