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).
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.
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)
1.8 km's Road
1.4 km's Track
6.8 km's Footpath
22 easy caches
1 multi cache (optional extra)
- Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk
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.