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This is a series of 25 caches along country lanes, bridleways and fields, including 2 church micros of both Piddletrenthide and Plush. The walk is about 6 miles long and will give you stunning views of the Dorset countryside. There are two steep climbs along the route, two beautiful churches into which can be incorporated the church micros. In all, a total of 27 caches. You will also pass through the village of Plush, where the second church micro is set. The caches range from nano to regular – a few may require tweezers to be extracted – don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil for some of the smaller caches.
The terrain is varied, there are a few stiles to be negotiated and can imagine in the winter it may become muddy. Today it was wonderful. There are deer, buzzards, kestrel, an egret and birds of all descriptions singing their lovely spring songs.
Parking is at N50.47.775 W002.25.135 on road parking(or anywhere along the B3143). A big thank you to Phillip 3363 in helping me set this series.
The terrain rating is a general one to cover the walk in general.
The village of Piddletrenthide manages to include both names of the little river in its title. Known variously as the River Piddle and the River Trent, it rises about 2 miles away in Alton Pancras before wending its independent way to the sea.
Appearing in the Domesday Book as Pidre (the name comes from the Saxon pidelen or pedel, meaning low land on marsh water) during which time the land was held by St Peter’s, Winchester, there were three miles within the parish. Sadly, the name seems to have upset the Victorians who set about changing the names of the villages along the route of the river between here and Wareham. Hence Piddletown became Puddletown, also changed to “Puddle” instead of “Piddle” were Tolpuddle, Affpuddle, Briantspuddle, et al. Luckily, they seem to have missed Piddlehinton and Piddletrenthide.
After leaving Piddletrenthide, you will come to the village of Plush which was originally a tithing which belonged to Buckland Newton. Plush was joined to Piddletrenthide in 1933. .
I hope you enjoy finding as much as it was setting these caches. Have fun!!
From here to #7 trust your GPS across the field, as the farmer hasn't reinstated the path.