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Walk and Geocaching

And now for something a little different!!!

The walk is the highlight of the day,

To participate in the Geocaching is optional (open to all - beginners and those that have done so before).

I have found an area that has 22 geocaches as we walk the route,

The route is around Osmaston Park Estate, (which is near Ashbourne and the A52) the Manor is mainly ruins these days but does have some significant buildings still standing, in its day the hall was a grand building built in 1696 for Robert Wilmot (High Sheriff of Derbyshire).

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The only remains of Osmaston Manor today are the smoke tower and sawmill with original waterwheel, the garden terraces and the kitchen gardens after it was demolished in 1964 by Sir Ian Walker whose family still manage the estate today.

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For those that dont know and maybe asking:

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. (most mobile phones today do have GPS enabled) Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

 

There are over 2 million Geocaches around the world, It is fun and easy to do, although some Geocaches are harder to find than others. All ages can do this activity I have had my 6 yr old nephew help me find a cache. They can be found practically anywhere: in a city, on a street, a park or in the countryside and can be found by trees, walls, under bridges, again practically anywhere.

 

What does a geocache look like?

Geocaches vary greatly in size and appearance. In the field you will see everything from large, clear plastic containers to film canisters to a fake rock with a secret compartment

 

What do I need to go geocaching?

The only neccessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Geocaching.com Membership.

 

If you have a GPS enabled mobile phone then you are able to join the world of geocaching, using an Android phone or Iphone

1.    Install the app 'Geocaching' from Groundspeak Inc.

2.    Register with the site 'its free'

3.    Then just bring your GPS device to the event and I can show you more on how to start and enjoy the world of geocaching.

 

If you havent got a GPS enabled phone, dont worry just come and enjoy the walk, we will all be following the same route and staying together.

 

The distance of the walk is:

6.92 miles (11.14km's)

330.00 feet [masked]m) at the lowest point

560.00 feet [masked]m) at the highest point

 

Start Time: 10.45am

Finish Time: 3.30pm (including treasure hunting time and lunch break)

 

Route:

1.8 km's Road

1.4 km's Track

6.8 km's Footpath

 

Geocaches:

22 easy caches

1 multi cache (optional extra)

 

Highlights:

  • Osmaston Village
  • Osmaston Park Estate
  • Wyaston
  • Centenary Way
  • Shirley
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk

 

The Usual:

As always make sure you are prepared for this walk.
You will need:

• Walking boots - as being Winter (but nearly Spring) the ground could be wet and slippery in places.

• Warm clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren’t recommended as if they get wet they become heavy, lightweight breathable trousers are better).
• Waterproofs are essential,
• Snacks, Sweets etc.

• Adequate water or soft drinks
• Hats and gloves are always useful and worth packing in the cooler months,

 

The route is a well-trodden path an average fitness level would be helpful and a sense of humour is essential,


PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - we will stop along the route for Lunch, I shall try to arrange it to be near a shop but can’t confirm this as depends on pace and timings. So please be self-sufficient for food and the day.

 

The Saracens Head Pub is an award winning pub and serves a Gastro Menu, once we finish the walk it would be rude not to sample their hospitality with a refreshing drink.

 

Andy

 


 

 

 

 

 

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  • andy w.

    Anymore photos?

    May 1, 2013

  • Jason

    For those that weren't at the walk before this one but heard the rumours:
    World Premiere of the new video of Brigitte's Travels has finally been released, this time with special guest Andy Stanley. Enjoy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Andy S.

    you have to let me know if you want me to arrange another geocache event in the future?

    April 27, 2013

    • Lynda

      Would be good to, but I need a way of keeping my battery alive a bit longer!

      April 28, 2013

    • Jason

      It's a fun idea but personally think difficult with large numbers as there can be too much standing around as not everyone can get round the cache. Perhaps a smaller group size could work?

      April 28, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Excellent walk lovely to be out in the fresh air with great views - great company lots of laughs as always. We now need to create a new name for these walks, we look to see where we are when when the road leads to nowhere, we look for treasures calling it jocashing, but doubt jo can make much cash from what we found so far. The seekers is an appropriate name. Thank you Andy Stanley

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • Fiona

    Great walk! My 2 girls thought the bog incident was the highlight of the day. Thanks Andy for rescuing them :)!

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • Kiran

    Great people as always :) thanks for organising, Andy.

    April 28, 2013

  • Ana M

    Must admit the geocaching business is still to grow on me, but it was a great day regardless. Just luv ya bunch!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Lynda

    Loved the idea of Geocaching and it was a beautiful walk

    April 27, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Well got home rang vodafone to find out my backup payg phone sucked all the credit out of it in a whole 92 seconds of being online, fortunately it was a fault and have given my the credit back, so now its working, anyone for geocaching again? lol

    2 · April 27, 2013

  • Natalie

    Another lovely day with lots of conversation and laughter ... Oh and ..... the walk and geocaching were good too ;-)

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Jason

    Another cracking walk. Four seasons in one day! Thanks Andy.

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • andy w.

    Great friendly group once again

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Still looking for a lift, can get to any where in nottingham to meet with you, otherwise its one heck of a walk to the start of the walk, lol

    April 26, 2013

    • Adrian

      Hi Andy, we are going past J26 about 9.50ish if you want a lift

      April 26, 2013

    • Andy S.

      have a lift now with Brigitte, thanks all the same

      April 26, 2013

  • Emma B

    See you all lunchtime :)

    April 25, 2013

  • andy w.

    Any chance of a lift from someone please, will pay some petrol money???.

    April 25, 2013

  • Lynda

    Hi Andy, I have downloaded CacheSense to my Blackberry and it appears to be working although I don't know how to use the App! Do I need to download anything else?

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Shall take a look at the app you have, I am sure it does the same things, fingers crossed you can maje it on saturday

      April 23, 2013

    • Lynda

      Thank you Andy. That would be much appreciated. I have to get from Burnstump to the start so it is looking unlikely as I see it will take me an hour!

      April 23, 2013

  • Andy S.

    any chance of a lift please?

    April 22, 2013

  • Andy S.

    my son can't make it now hes revising for exams,

    April 22, 2013

  • Andy S.

    hopefully my son will be coming along on this one too now

    April 18, 2013

  • susan

    Gotta work :(

    April 18, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Can i grab a lift of someone please, pretty please, with a cherry on top?

    April 13, 2013

  • andy w.

    Would anyone be travelling from Nottingham via Beeston at all???? If so any chance of a lift please?. Andy

    April 3, 2013

  • Andy S.

    If you have a GPS phone and have downloaded the Geocache software can you let me know on here? thanks

    March 22, 2013

    • andy w.

      Hi Andy , I've got the free app on my iPhone , it seems ok so will have to see how accurate it is thou

      April 3, 2013

  • andy w.

    Yep will be there, got the app on my iPhone so really looking forward to this, can't wait to meet u all.

    April 3, 2013

  • Ana M

    I really hope to have my Memory-map Adventurer GPS by then!!:-)

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • andy w.

    Maybe, really enjoy walking so lets hope I can make this 1.

    April 1, 2013

  • Lisa

    Wow! It sounds fab! I really must get into the groove with all this technology! No car, No smart phone, perhaps my surname should be Flintstone!

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Lisa, you can get a lift I am sure with someone, plus you dont need a smartphone as others will have them or just come for the walk

      March 30, 2013

  • Fiona

    I'm bringing my girls along.

    March 20, 2013

  • Clive

    Nice choice of location Andy. I think it has a water-wheel and everything !

    March 20, 2013

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