Harewood Hike, Longparish, Wiltshire

Name: Harewood Hike by Andover Geocachers
No. Caches: 35
Distance:  7 Miles
Location: Longparish, Hampshire
Geocaching.com Map: Link
First in Series: GC55BAK
Livestock: None
Walked on: 8th June 2014
Weather: Sunshine
Terrain: Easy going, no big hills, quality footpaths
Parking: Village Hall
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The series took us through some beautiful countryside, the paths were excellent and very clearly marked which meant we could navigate easily around them. I had a very enjoyable morning and I could see that a lot of work has gone into creating this series including the handmade camo bags and the little log books. We also were lucky to have some fantastic weather on the walk this morning which added to the pleasure. Pip loved it too as we didn’t have to go through any fields of live stock on the walk and I only recall one stile which made it very dog friendly. You’ll need to bring your four-legged pals some water though as there isn’t any natural streams or rivers on the series.


HH02 – Muntjac GC55BBB Found it
I had a sneaky day off planned for today but all week it had looked like it was going to be wet and miserable weather today but last night the forecast changed so I decided to head down to this lovely area. I found plenty of parking at the village hall car park which was also a busy dropping off point for the nearby school when I arrived. I missed out no.1 for some reason and as I hunted another caching family came along and joined me in the search. A few of us were searching now but then one of the other family suddenly located it. We both signed the log and then I went back to do number 1 whilst they went on.


HH01 – Buzzard GC55BAK Found it
I backed back up the road to find this one. As I got to the gate leading into the field there were another couple of walkers, they didn’t look like cachers thought, we said good morning and carried on to find this cleverly hidden cache.


HH02a – Vole GC55BC5 Found it
A big tractor was cutting the verges so we had to wait a few moments for him to finish his work, we then had a pleasant walk through the village full of very nice thatched cottages. It was very quiet here and no muggles to get in the way whilst I located and signed the log sheet.


HH03 – Common Blue GC55BCA Found it
We headed out of Forton village and up the hill to the next cache where upon we met up again with the earlier caching family, they had just finished signing the log book and passed me the cache to sign and replace as they headed off to the next.


HH04 – Slow Worm GC55BDY Found it
We caught up with the other cachers as we walked across the crop field, it was rape seed which isn’t my favorite but unusually the farmer has left a decent gap for us to walk. We all searched and this time I found it first and signed the log sheet and then continued on to the next.


HH05 – Red Kite GC55BE2 Found it
We walked along a grass track which looks like it is regularly cut, I reached the cache ahead of the other family and replaced it for them to find.


HH06 – Rabbit GC55BEK Found it
I could see some muggles ahead of me but they were going fast enough not to bother me.


HH07 – Millipede GC55BEW Found it
We continued along the track which didn’t seem to absolutely follow the OS map but the signposts along the paths were excellent and we soon arrived at GZ after passing a huge beech tree along the way.


HH08 – Shrew GC55BF1 Found it
The track dropped down a bit after the last cache and then followed the bottom of a small hill alongside a field of wheat crop. At GZ I followed the cachers trail in and another one to exit.


HH09 – Chaffinch GC55BHP Found it
We continued along the same path, the sun was very warm but the trees gave a bit of shade.


HH10 – Caterpillar GC55BJ1 Didn’t find it
No luck for here, I got loads of GPS bounce under the trees and didn’t want to spend too long searching, I hope the next cachers have more success.


HH11 – Pheasant GC55BJA Found it
We crossed the road and hunted out the stile hidden in the hedgerow. The trail continued towards the woods through some lovely countryside. As I looked back I could see the cachers behind me hunting for the last cache.


HH12 – Woodlouse GC55BQT Found it
We continued along the edge of the wood and as we did a few rabbits ran across the path, Pip gave a glance but decided it was too hot to chase.


HH13 – Hedgehog GC55BR5 Found it
Unlucky for some but not for us our 9,000th find!!! I couldn’t have picked a nicer series to find it on either.


HH14 – Common Lizard GC55BRG Found it
The trail went took us into the woodland which was getting a bit denser now.


HH15 – Wood Pigeon GC55BRX Found it
As the path continued the woodland got thicker and we started to get a bit more bounce and the GPS was struggling a little to keep up, in fact we went well past GZ without realising and had to back up a little to get this one. The woodland cover will offer some cool shade in the summer.


HH15a – Mole GC55QEC Found it
We left the woods now, crossing over a road to get to GZ. It was busy for a few minutes as a few cars came and went but between them I managed to find and replace the cache without being muggled.


HH16 – Toad GC55BT7 Found it
The trail led us up to some work sheds and a small saw mill. then up the top of Harewood Peak and then it turned and began a very gentle decent to GZ. The path took us past a field of sheep and young lambs and it looked like they had some nice lush grass to graze on. I liked the way the CO had created the Camouflage bags.


HH17 – Jay GC55BTD Found it
The slope carried on and leveled out near to GZ. There were some cachers trails that made it easier to find the right spot.


HH18 – Field Mouse GC55BTK Found it
We walked a little further along the path to the next leaving the sheep behind us. I had to check out a few places before finding the right spot which only a finger tip search would reveal.


HH19 – Kestrel GC55BV3 Found it
The path led to a large house with a beautifully kept front rose garden, we were now on to the Test Way.


HH20 – Barn Owl GC55BVE Found it
A down hill walk down a wide track soon brought us to GZ and a very clever hide (fav point). Nearby there was a huge bonfire burning in the field which was quite spectacular.


HH21 – Roe Deer GC55BVQ Found it
We left the burning wood pile behind and on to GZ. The path from here was clear at first.


HH22 – Pipistrelle GC55BVY Found it
We soon found the trail that took us around the edge of a crop field with some young shoots starting to appear through the ground. This path didn’t feel like it gets used as much as the others but we got to GZ without any problems.


HH23 – Robin GC55BW9 Found it
We made our way around the field to Fox Cotts and after crossing the road we stopped for a rest and a snack before continuing the series.


HH24 – Grass Snake GC55BWK Found it
After our rest stop we continued on the series. Just as we set off some muggles some muggles appeared from behind and they soon caught up with me whilst I searched. So, I stopped and took some photos until they passed and then recommenced the search and immediately found it starring me in the face all the time.


HH25 – Fox GC55C6T Found it
We walked a little further along the test way and gingerly approached GZ not sure of what I was going to find but was pleasantly surprised and a good bit of fun.


HH26 – Red Admiral GC55C6W Found it
The route along this part of the Test Way was very nice passing some large beech trees along the way, it was a bit further between caches this time.


HH27 – Sparrowhawk GC55C74 Found it
Plenty of tree cover over the path to this one keeping us cool. Once we arrived at GZ it was clear where the cache was going to hidden. I sat down on a mossy log and ended up with wet trousers.


HH28 – Greater Spotted Woodpecker GC55C7D Found it
The path along here was very well marked and led us to a big bridge, the cache could have been hidded in many places along here but the CO has been very kind when placing it.


HH29 – Cabbage White GC55C7N Found it
Slightly off the track this time and it took a few moments to find the cache this time.


HH30 – Grasshopper GC55C7Y Found it
We turned a corner heading towards Longparish, it didn’t take long to find this time.


HH31 – Weasel GC55C85 Found it
A gravel path down a gentle slop led to GZ, I made a hash of this one and ended up searching in completely the wrong spot at first.


HH32 – Blue Tit GC55C8F Found it
We are heading for home now. The proper path is rather over grown and muddy and a new one had been adopted along the edge of the field to make life a little easier.


HH33 – Adder GC55C8J Found it
It was a bit tricky at the end of this path as a fence prevented us from getting on to the road without first crossing a muddy track. This cache marked the end of the series. The series took us through some beautiful countryside, the paths were excellent and very clearly marked which meant we could navigate easily around them. I had a very enjoyable morning and I could see that a lot of work has gone into creating this series including the hand made camo bags and the little log books. We also were lucky to have some fantastic weather on the walk this morning which added to the pleasure. Pip loved it too as we didn’t have to go through any fields of live stock on the walk and I only recall one stile which made it very dog friendly. You’ll need to bring your four legged pals some water though as there isn’t any natural streams or rivers on the series. Thanks for an excellent series and a nice walk and I’m awarding this a favorite point.

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