Lydford Logbook & Charlton Crusade

Name: Lydford Logbook & Charlton Crusade by poshrule
No. Caches Found: 56
Distance: 12.2 Miles
Location: Lydford-on-Fosse, Somerset
Geocaching.com Map: Link
First in Series: GC53BKC
Livestock: None encountered
Walked on: 15th February 2015
Weather: Grey clouds & haze
Terrain: Flat walk mainly along footpaths, byways & bridleways (muddy)
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Joining the poshrule’s series together made for a nice 12 mile trail along generally flat but in places muddy terrain. All the caches were present and correct and including all the church micros and a couple of fine pair caches I found 56 out 56 and not a single dnf in sight.

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01 Lydford Logbook GC53BKC Found it
I had a long drive down to Somerset this morning, about 2 hours and it was a little bit misty. What a great place to start the walk from (St. Peter’s Church) and plenty of room for parking. I beat the church goers this morning. The first cache was quickly found.1st cache of the day found at 09:15:00 9873rd overall


02 Lydford Logbook GC53BKT Found it
I followed the Rive Brue to the Weir, after a little rummage around I found the cache. 2nd cache of the day found at 09:25:00 9874th overall


03 Lydford Logbook GC53BM4 Found it
Another quick find. I enjoyed the walk along the river and as I left the weir behind it got a little be quieter only to get noisier again as I got closer to the road. 3rd cache of the day found at 09:32:00 9875th overall


04 Lydford Logbook GC53BMK Found it
Crossed the busy road then passed a war memorial on the side of the road and then turned onto a quieter lane passing Lydford Hall a grand building. There were lots of snowdrops along the side of the road reminding us that Sprint is around the corner. Quick find again. 4th cache of the day found at 09:41:00 9876th overall


05 Lydford Logbook GC53BMY Found it
A nice quick find after passing Lydford Hall, I was glad the lane was nice a quiet this morning. 5th cache of the day found at 09:44:00 9877th overall


Church Micro 2876…East Lydford GC3QPXA Found it
A nice quick find as I walk through East Lydford. I walked down to see the church but thought it very sad that the village are allowing this one to decay after it must have been such a community focal point years. 6th cache of the day found at 09:50:00 9878th overall


06 Lydford Logbook GC53BNG Found it
A nice quick find along church lane. It made me wonder how long there will be a church on the lane! 7th cache of the day found at 10:01:00 9879th overall


07 Lydford Logbook GC53BNQ Found it
I was glad that there was a path alongside the main road. I smiled as passed a Toy Farm! 8th cache of the day found at 10:06:00 9880th overall


08 Lydford Logbook GC53BP6 Found it
Continued along the main road then turned onto a byway passing the cross keys pub where there was a nice smell of bacon and eggs coming from it. 9th cache of the day found at 10:13:00 9881st overall


09 Lydford Logbook GC53BPB Found it
Along Lydford Lane it was very muddy which was a bit of shock as up to now I hadn’t seen any mud today. Another quick find once I remembered my left and right! 10th cache of the day found at 10:17:00 9882nd overall


10 Lydford Logbook GC53BPJ Found it
Continued along the very muddy section of Lydford Lane. I had a little surprise when I got to the bridge as there was a man in dayglo orange suit under the bridge carrying out an inspection, lets hope they don’t look too hard. 11th cache of the day found at 10:21:00 9883rd overall


11 Lydford Logbook GC53BQ1 Found it
It was very difficult to walk along the byway due to all the mud but I got through it. 12th cache of the day found at 10:25:00 9884th overall


12 Lydford Logbook GC53BQF Found it
Still continuing along the muddy lane, it was very difficult to get up any speed along here. At this point I spotted some muggles behind me. 13th cache of the day found at 10:30:00 9885th overall


13 Lydford Logbook GC53BQQ Found it
I wondered if the muggles were cachers but as they didn’t stop at the last cache I realised that they weren’t so luckily another quick find and I could keep ahead of them. 14th cache of the day found at 10:33:00 9886th overall


14 Lydford Logbook GC53BWF Found it
Continued along the byway to a junction which had been totally turned up by 4 x4, but I was now on Westover Lane and it was in much better condition. 15th cache of the day found at 10:41:00 9887th overall


15 Lydford Logbook GC53BWT Found it
I checked on the Trip computer and was pleased that to see that I was making better progress than I had thought. I was now on a nice Green Lane in good condition.  16th cache of the day found at 10:45:00 9888th overall


16 Lydford Logbook GC53BX6 Found it
This wasn’t too far on from the last one. All the caches so far had been nice and easy to find including this one. 17th cache of the day found at 10:48:00 9889th overall


17 Lydford Logbook GC53BXE Found it
Last one before the road and unfortunately the path was churned up once again. 18th cache of the day found at 10:51:00 9890th overall


18 Lydford Logbook GC53BXR Found it
Crossed the road onto Babcary Lane a restricted byway, I suspect restricted by the concreted drinking trough at the gate! 19th cache of the day found at 10:54:00 9891st overall


19 Lydford Logbook GC53BY2 Found it
It was much easier to walk along this track, no mud! Quick find. 20th cache of the day found at 10:58:00 9892nd overall


20 Lydford Logbook GC53BYG Found it
A nice quick find along the Green Track, I spotted an orange man up ahead at the next railway bridge. 21st cache of the day found at 11:03:00 9893rd overall


21 Lydford Logbook GC53BYV Found it
I couldn’t actually sign the cache as there were three bridge inspectors and one was standing on the cache so hopefully it’s ok to claim this one. 22nd cache of the day found at 11:06:00 9894th overall


22 Lydford Logbook GC53BZF Found it
I left the inspectors behind who were preparing a rope over the side of the bridge and carried on down the lane, I was far enough away so as not to be seen. 23rd cache of the day found at 11:14:00 9895th overall


23 Lydford Logbook GC53BZR Found it
A nice gravel track brought me to number 23 and another quick find.24th cache of the day found at 11:17:00 9896th overall


24 Lydford Logbook GC53C02 Found it
A lovely stroll along the track to reach GZ. Quick find. 25th cache of the day found at 11:20:00 9897th overall


25 Lydford Logbook GC53C0K Found it
I realised here that I missed the turning that I was going to take but a quick check of the map and I worked out a new route. 26th cache of the day found at 11:23:00 9898th overall


A Fine Pair #68 ~ Keinton Manderville GC456ND Found it
I stopped for a coffee break at the bench just up the road then walked down the road to find this one. Cache all in order. 27th cache of the day found at 11:37:00 9899th overall


A Fine Pair #75 ~ Keinton Manderville 2 GC47YH4 Found it
I nice pleasant walk through the village to GZ and it wasn’t long before I had located this little cache. 28th cache of the day found at 11:47:00 9900th overall


Church Micro 2877…Keinton Mandeville GC3QPY9 Found it
I arrived at the cache just as the morning service had ended. One of the patrons had parked in front of the gate making it impossible to reach the cache so I jumped the fence to make the find. What and unusual shaped church, I assume this is where Castle Street in the village got it’s name. 29th cache of the day found at 11:53:00 9901st overall


16 Charlton Crusade GC4MJHH Found it
After the detour to through the village I made my way onto the Charlton Crusade, temporarily leaving the Lydford Logbook series behind. 30th cache of the day found at 11:58:00 9902nd overall


17 Charlton Crusade GC4MJHW Found it
It was a nice peaceful walk down the lane, just a single car passing me by. The name in the log book before me was Stompy & Stampy! 31st cache of the day found at 12:04:00 9903rd overall


18 Charlton Crusade GC4MJJE Found it
I continue along the lane, this time no cars. I was first to sign the new log book watched on by the sheep in the field. 32nd cache of the day found at 12:09:00 9904th overall


19 Charlton Crusade GC4MJJP Found it
A quick find here as I walked down the lane. 33rd cache of the day found at 12:13:00 9905th overall


03 Charlton Crusade GC4MJ96 Found it
It was rather noisy walking past Lark Rise farm, starlings in the trees, dogs in the yard barking, cows mooing and cockerels doing what they do. 34th cache of the day found at 12:19:00 9906th overall


02 Charlton Crusade GC4MJ8Y Found it
I did these few in a funny order I know but it made sense to me. The water level was high in the stream but the cache was just about ok. 35th cache of the day found at 12:24:00 9907th overall


01 Charlton Crusade GC4MJ7V Found it
A nice quick find before reaching the village of Charlton Adam. 36th cache of the day found at 12:29:00 9908th overall


Church Micro 2972… Charlton Adam GC3WAKH Found it
I think this is about my 3rd Church Micro today and although a little bit of a detour it was worth adding to my finds for the day.37th cache of the day found at 12:38:00 9909th overall


04 Charlton Crusade GC4MJ9E Found it
I arrived back at the railway for about the 4th time, this time no inspectors to get in the way of find the cache. 38th cache of the day found at 12:44:00 9910th overall


05 Charlton Crusade GC4MJAV Found it
The last section of the path was a little bit muddy but nothing to the earlier mud. I looked around the wrong tree at first. 39th cache of the day found at 12:49:00 9911th overall


06 Charlton Crusade GC4MJBF Found it
A nice quick find and back into the open countryside once again. I don’t think that there has been a single stile on the walk so far! 40th cache of the day found at 12:52:00 9912th overall


07 Charlton Crusade GC4MJBZ Found it
A quick find along the edge of a ploughed field but a nice path has been kept. 41st cache of the day found at 12:56:00 9913th overall


08 Charlton Crusade GC4MJC9 Found it
Quick find here too. It’s very flat along this section and I bet it is a little bit exposed along here if was windy and raining, but dry today thankfully. 42nd cache of the day found at 13:03:00 9914th overall


09 Charlton Crusade GC4MJDK Found it
Another quick find along the edge of the field, good footpaths along here. 43rd cache of the day found at 13:04:00 9915th overall


10 Charlton Crusade GC4MJEB Found it
Fast heading to the road and enjoying picking up the caches. This one could do with a little tlc. 44th cache of the day found at 13:13:00 9916th overall


11 Charlton Crusade GC4MJEQ Found it
This marked the end of the field section and a quick find just before the road. 45th cache of the day found at 13:18:00 9917th overall


12 Charlton Crusade GC4MJF9 Found it
After a short walk down the main road I was back on to a track. Straddled the ditch to get this one. 46th cache of the day found at 13:22:00 9918th overall


13 Charlton Crusade GC4MJFP Found it
A nice quick find a little further down the track, a bit more reaching across the ditch here. 47th cache of the day found at 13:26:00 9919th overall


14 Charlton Crusade GC4MJGB Found it
I was making good time up along the track mainly down to the ease of finding these caches.48th cache of the day found at 13:29:00 9920th overall


15 Charlton Crusade GC4MJH8 Found it
This was the last of this series and I then had to retrace my steps along some earlier tracks to find the remaining Lydford Logbook caches. 49th cache of the day found at 13:34:00 9921st overall


26 Lydford Logbook GC53C14 Found it
I stopped at the same bench opposite beggars roast that I rested at for elevenses earlier on in the route. This time I stopped a bit longer to eat my sandwiches and more coffee. Having stopped a while, it was hard to get going again, but I soon got back into the rhythm. 50th cache of the day found at 14:22:00 9922nd overall


27 Lydford Logbook GC53C1F Found it
An easy walk down the track passing some horse paddocks along the way. 51st cache of the day found at 14:25:00 9923rd overall


28 Lydford Logbook GC53C1V Found it
The track started out ok and then got progressively muddier and looks like there is more of the same to come. The yellow top of the cache helped make this an easy find. 52nd cache of the day found at 14:29:00 9924th overall


29 Lydford Logbook GC53C23 Found it
It was a bit of a “mud mash” at GZ. 53rd cache of the day found at 14:33:00 9925th overall


30 Lydford Logbook GC53C2F Found it
Thankfully the mud has gone and I’m onto a decent track. 54th cache of the day found at 14:37:00 9926th overall


31 Lydford Logbook GC53C2V Found it
This was the last of the series but had to wait for some muggles to leave the area before I could get it. Joining the series together made a nice 11 mile trail along generally flat but in places muddy terrain. All the caches were present and correct and including all the church micros and a couple of fine pair caches I found 56 out 56 and not a single dnf in sight. Thanks to poshrule for setting out and maintaining the caches. There are a few more series in the area that I’ve not yet found so I will be back for them soon. 55th cache of the day found at 14:42:00 9927th overall


Church Micro 2875…Lydford on Fosse GC3QPW9 Found it
After reaching the end of the walk, I just about had enough energy for one last Church Micro cache and having parked at the church all day I felt I had to find this one. I’m glad I did as it was great to see the weir. Thanks once again for all the caches. 56th cache of the day found at 15:05:00 9928th overall

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