Andover Half Marathon

Entering the Copse

Name: Andover Half Marathon by Andover Geocachers
No. Caches Found: 54
Distance: 12-13 Miles
Location: Andover, Hampshire
Geocaching.com Map
First in Series: GC61C89
Walked on: 16th January 2016
Terrain: Footpaths, Tracks, Fields, Woodland & Roads.
A loop of caches that is around the length of a half Marathon. Starting on the North side of Andover and heading up and past St Mary Bourne and all the way back again.
Most of the terrain is easy going with just a few hills and stiles to contend with.

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001 A.H.M GC61C89 Found it
I parked next to the school where there were plenty of spaces. It was a very chilly start and the coldest for me this winter. This one was just out of sight of the houses but there were plenty of muggles out walking their dogs which meant I needed to work quickly.1st cache of the day found at 9:31:00 AM


002 A.H.M GC61C9Q Found it
I walked towards the main road down a slight hill, I had to take care not to slip on the icy ground.2nd cache of the day found at 9:35:00 AM


003 A.H.M GC61CD6 Found it
Onto to Hungerford lane now. I couldn’t get up to this one from directly in front of it as the bank was very steep so had to walk up the hill a bit until I could find a suitable place to get up the slope.3rd cache of the day found at 9:43:00 AM


004 A.H.M GC61CDJ Found it
I carried on up the lane passing a little farmyard and a muggle out with his binoculars, onto the stone track in Bilgrove Copse and once at GZ it was a nice quick find.4th cache of the day found at 9:50:00 AM


006 A.H.M GC61CEC Found it
There wasn’t a number 5 so straight onto number 6 through along the lane avoid the puddles.5th cache of the day found at 10:01:00 AM


007 A.H.M GC61CG0 Found it
A nice walk around the edge of the field. The sky was blue and the sun was shinning, a very pleasant morning.6th cache of the day found at 10:10:00 AM


008 A.H.M GC61CGM Found it
This wasn’t very far on from the last one, after crossing the road I was back into a urban area once again.7th cache of the day found at 10:14:00 AM


009 A.H.M GC61CH7 Found it
I continued up the lane passing the houses, it was quiet along here and easy find once again at GZ.8th cache of the day found at 10:21:00 AM


010 A.H.M GC61CRP Found it
Staying on the quiet road to the end and found the cache without and trouble, I just managed to replace before a car came up to the junction.9th cache of the day found at 10:26:00 AM


011 A.H.M GC61CT1 Found it
Down the hill along the road and onto a muddy track to this one.10th cache of the day found at 10:30:00 AM


012 A.H.M GC61CTD Found it
I continued along the track, which was surprisingly dry along here heading towards Rag Copse. Quickly found.11th cache of the day found at 10:34:00 AM


013 A.H.M GC61CTZ Found it
Continued through the copse, I was looking for a path that never materialised so I ended up bushwhacking through the brambles to get to this one, never mind though as I was lucky enough to spot several deer running through the trees. It took me a few moments to locate the cache once I got to the right spot.12th cache of the day found at 10:52:00 AM


014 A.H.M GC61CVE Found it
Slightly up hill through the trees and making my way around some recently felled trees, I eventually found the right path and from there it was straight forward to get to the cache.13th cache of the day found at 10:59:00 AM


015 A.H.M GC61CVV Didn’t find it
Sadly despite a good search around several possible host items I eventually had to give this one up.


016 A.H.M GC61CWE Found it
I had to walk along a very muddy path which had been churned up by horses, but once at GZ it was a very easy one to find.14th cache of the day found at 11:14:00 AM


017 A.H.M GC61CXE Found it
I continued along the muddy path through Rags Copse almost to the end, the host item was quite easy to spot.15th cache of the day found at 11:20:00 AM


018 A.H.M GC61CY0 Found it
I crossed over the road passing a lovely white cottage before heading up the hill to reach the cache. After the nice bright start it had turned a bit cloudy now.16th cache of the day found at 11:24:00 AM


019 A.H.M GC61M32 Found it
I turned a corner here and headed to GZ up a slight hill. All of a sudden it became busy around GZ with several muggles coming down the track.17th cache of the day found at 11:28:00 AM


020 A.H.M GC61M3M Found it
I almost got caught out by some more muggles coming down the track. There must be a landing strip around here as I watched a plane come down quite low.18th cache of the day found at 11:33:00 AM


021A.H.M GC61M46 Found it
I continued up hill on the path, it was quite chilly on my face as the wind got up along here.19th cache of the day found at 11:37:00 AM


022 A.H.M GC61M4K Didn’t find it
Unfortunately another one that I couldn’t find.


023 A.H.M GC61M4Q Found it
I continued along the muddy track to GZ, there was a great view a little further along from here.20th cache of the day found at 11:50:00 AM


024 A.H.M GC61M54 Found it
A nice quick find here. I decided for a rest and have a cup of hot coffee and some sandwiches. The stile made a good seat.21st cache of the day found at 11:55:00 AM


025 A.H.M GC61M5Y Found it
This was the first cache after lunch and I felt re-energized. It felt a lot colder though it was a little more exposed up the ridge.22nd cache of the day found at 12:19:00 PM


026 A.H.M GC61M88 Didn’t find it
After a good hunt around here, I had no joy finding it.


027 A.H.M GC61M8W Found it
Not far on from the last but this time I made light work of this. I passed some horses on the hill as I made my way to this one.23rd cache of the day found at 12:31:00 PM


028 A.H.M GC61M9R Found it
I spent far too long looking for this one and even passed by a muggle. I searched a long time before finding this one , it was one of the toughest on the series.24th cache of the day found at 12:46:00 PM


029 A.H.M GC61MA2 Found it
I carried on down the hill, I took the path that crossed into the next field not really being sure if this was the right way. However, I ended up at the cache just as the sun was trying to come out again.25th cache of the day found at 12:51:00 PM


030 A.H.M GC61MAC Found it
A nice quick walk to GZ. This section appears to be less muddy than other parts of the walk. Once again a quick find before carrying on down the hill.26th cache of the day found at 12:55:00 PM


032 A.H.M GC61MAV Found it
A nice quick find, mainly down hill, I enjoyed the walk. There is a large gap in the series now before the next once, almost a third of a mile away.27th cache of the day found at 12:59:00 PM


033 A.H.M GC61MBH Found it
I arrived at St Mary Bourne. I waited for a suitable gap in the traffic before searching this one out.28th cache of the day found at 1:18:00 PM


034 A.H.M GC61P05 Found it
I walked past the lakes and then up a steep hill to GZ. There was a nice view at the top looking back over the village.29th cache of the day found at 1:26:00 PM


035 A.H.M GC61P09 Found it
I made it up to the higher and flatter ground. No hint required as it stood out clearly today as there were no leaves left on the trees.30th cache of the day found at 1:31:00 PM


036 A.H.M GC61P0D Found it
A longer walk between caches. I passed some muggles out for a stroll.31st cache of the day found at 1:38:00 PM


037 A.H.M GC61P0G Found it
Without a hint I bet this one is hard to find in the summer. Although the sun is shinning today, Its a long time until the summer months.32nd cache of the day found at 1:42:00 PM


038 A.H.M GC61P0M Found it
Another long stretch but a quick find here.33rd cache of the day found at 1:47:00 PM


039 A.H.M GC61P0R Found it
I honestly can’t remember much about this one.34th cache of the day found at 1:49:00 PM


040 A.H.M GC61P0W Didn’t find it
No luck here.


041 A.H.M GC61P11 Found it
I was a little muddy up the track and tough going around the edges of the field. A nice quick find at GZ but very well hidden.35th cache of the day found at 2:13:00 PM


042 A.H.M GC61P19 Found it
It was quite hard going around the edge of the field. It took me a few moments to find the cache as it was very well hidden under the ivy. 36th cache of the day found at 2:20:00 PM


043 A.H.M GC61P1K Found it
It took a few moments to find this cache, I saw it straight away but it didn’t look like a cache. The next stile made another good seat where I rested for another cup of coffee being kept warm by the sun.37th cache of the day found at 2:29:00 PM


044 A.H.M GC61P1P Didn’t find it
I expected this to be easy, plenty of choices but I couldn’t find it.


045 A.H.M GC61P2H Found it
The sun has started to drop as I headed across a frozen crop field. It took a while before the gps settled down on the right spot.38th cache of the day found at 3:01:00 PM


046 A.H.M GC61P2N Found it
It was cold and dark through the woods. This was a tricky one to find as the co-ords were about 90ft off, I noted N 51 14.756 W 1 26.735.39th cache of the day found at 3:10:00 PM


047 A.H.M GC61P2T Found it
Enjoyed the walk through the woods despite the mud. The sun continued to drop making it feel even colder. I over shot this one so had to back track.40th cache of the day found at 3:19:00 PM


048 A.H.M GC61P33 Found it
As I walked down the hill I remembered being here before in the past. The stick propped up against the trees always seem to be here.41st cache of the day found at 3:24:00 PM


049 A.H.M GC61P38 Found it
It was a long walk across the field, leaving the woods behind me. I soon found this after a finger tip search.42nd cache of the day found at 3:31:00 PM


050 A.H.M GC61P3N Found it
A nice quick find at GZ, passing a very nice cottage with a great tree house.43rd cache of the day found at 3:35:00 PM


051 A.H.M GC61P3T Found it
An easy section along the road and a quick find. There was a long walk to the next one.44th cache of the day found at 3:40:00 PM


052 A.H.M GC61PVQ Found it
I found this more by luck than anything and it almost disappeared. I left it a bit more secure after signing the log book. Only a few more caches to go, my legs were pleased to know.45th cache of the day found at 3:53:00 PM


053 A.H.M GC61PW6 Found it
Not far from the last one and into a dark track under trees. I noticed here a muggle behind me so put my foot down to get ahead.46th cache of the day found at 3:57:00 PM


054 A.H.M GC61PWE Found it
I lost the muggle, I think. Quick find.47th cache of the day found at 4:01:00 PM


055 A.H.M GC61PX1 Found it
This was the last one of the series. I arrived at GZ at the same time as some muggles, so waited for them to pass before looking for it. A nice long walk for my first series of 2016 and I think I will feel stiff tomorrow. Whilst there was plenty of muddy sections, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, I think the cold had frozen the ground a bit. A nice seriew apart from one the co-ordinates are good and the hints accuarate. There are a few caches with several DNF’s which coudld do with look at by the CO. I had a great, thank you mrpscamp.48th cache of the day found at 4:10:00 PM

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