A cold, bright November afternoon and at a loss as to where to go.
The only thing to do in such a situation of course is to go find a Geocache or two. The majority of the time this takes us to a new, inspiring location and on this occasion certainly didn’t disappoint.
Checking the maps on Geocaching.com my only criteria was somewhere fairly local to home, where we could find a cache or two. A likely candidate seemed to be a recently published Geocache which according to my
admittedly dodgy map reading skills should allow us access to some local National Trust geocaches placed on Wicken Fen nature reserve.
The first cache was for me what Geocaching is all about. Discovering a new, enchanting place I would otherwise be completely oblivious to.
The cache itself initially had us stumped. Luckily the children had found a rope swing so were all excitedly playing with that, leaving us to search in peace. With the husband tearing the place apart searching, I went with my tried and tested method of standing back and taking a good look. Sure enough there in plain view was something that admittedly looked like it should be there but was enough to warrant a closer inspection. Sure enough I was soon signing the log. *Smug face*
We’d spotted a bridge already so figured the Wicken fen caches must be accessible, now the challenge was getting to them, in a logical order and ensuring we were on the right side of the river.
Obviously I navigated us on a perfect route 😏 and after a short riverside walk we arrived at the next cache. A quick, effortless find here but for the children a far more exciting discovery of a deer skull. My eldest daughter in particular has a fascination for fossils and bones (Everyone has a tub of jaw bones in the utility room right?) so she was ecstatic, and begging to keep it!
‘Sorry darling it’s part of the Geocache!’ 😉
Back on the river bank and the children were soon discovering an abundance of what I believe to be freshwater mussel shells. I love this next photo, you can see how utterly delighted the children were with the discovery.
A lovely afternoon filled with easy finds, lots of miles and smiles, bridges, tyre swings and exciting discoveries for little explorers.
6 thoughts on “Down by the River”
What a beautiful spot, and so close by for you too. I’ve never heard of geocaching before, I’ll have to go onto the website to find out all about it.
I’ve discovered so many local, beautiful spots which I never knew existed through Geocaching. You’ll have to let me know if you give it a go 🙂
Dig through the archives and I have a post about Geocaching with children, if you fancy giving it a go with the small people.
Thanks for reading 🙂
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I will do, but I’m gonna have to convince a 6 year old who gets hip ache after walking more than 100m and a 2 year old who seems to love the sofa a little too much!
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That sounds like a fun day. I tried geocaching once before I had my daughter and can’t wait until she’s a bit older and I can take her too 🙂
It was a fabulous day, always good to be outdoors! 🙂 Hopefully your mini cacher will enjoy it as much as mine do.
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