Striding out in the countryside is one of my favourite things, the Junior CW’s join me without too much fuss but appreciate added extras. What could be better than Geocaching? The boys get to play with a bit of electronic kit and we all get a walk. I’ve read about Geocaching but never actually done it. Luckily the National Trust have teamed up with Garmin and made the whole thing very easy. Polesden Lacey is our nearest NT property and so during the Easter holiday we set off to give it a whirl.
The first question was “Have you booked?”, naturally we had not, but were in luck and managed to bag the final GPS unit. We handed over our membership card (if you are not a member then a small deposit is required) and were given a GPS unit and a map with clues. There are twelve caches, a cache being a plastic box with a list of names to which you add yours, over a two and half mile circuit.
The first clue proved tricky but the box was found in the end and there were a couple that we never found but we had fun looking. Halfway round we stopped for a picnic and spot of kite flying. My conclusion is that geocaching is not an arduous pursuit but it certainly made for a pleasant holiday diversion with friends.
Polesden Lacey is nicely proportioned house set in a beautiful wooded estate. The more adventurous among you might like to stay at the YHA’s Tanners Hatch, as the CW family did a few years back, set in the woods with a view back up to the main house. I enjoy walking there so much that I lead the Ramblers Walk on the fourth Wednesday of the month. As regular readers will know a coffee stop is an important part of any Cultural Wednesday jaunt and so it seems fitting that we meet at 9.30am outside the Cowshed Coffee Shop.