UK Mega 2012 – NW England - Cumbria
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North West England, or just The North West, is one of the nine official regions of England and comprises five counties Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. It is the third most populated region (with almost 7 million inhabitants) after London and the South East, with a high proportion of its population being based around the cities of Liverpool and Manchester.
The North West is bounded on the east by the Peak District and the Pennines, whilst to the west is the Irish Sea. To the North are the Scottish Borders and to the south the English Midlands, whilst its south west corner borders North Wales. Amongst the better known of the North West's features are the Cheshire Plain and the Lake District containing the highest peak in England - Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet.
Cumbria covers an area of 2613 square miles and is the third largest ceremonial county in England by area, but only has a population of about half a million. Its county town is Carlisle with the only other major urban area being Barrow-in-Furness on the south-western tip of the county. It is bounded to the north by the Scottish areas of Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders, to the west by the Irish Sea, to the south by Lancashire, to the southeast by North Yorkshire, and to the east by County Durham and Northumberland.
Cumbria contains the Lake District and Lake District National Park, considered one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. It has many mountains and contains every peak in England over 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level. Its heritage is characterised by invasions, migration and settlement, as well as battles and skirmishes between the English and Scottish.
In August 2012, The North West is inviting the geocaching community to the UK Mega Event at Cartmel racecourse in Cumbria. As well as the racecourse, Cartmel is famous for its 12th-century Priory. More recently it has become known as the "home of sticky toffee pudding".
This cache is one of a series of six located on Wirral in the run up to the UK Mega Event, and their publication coincide with the Picnic on Hilbre Island Event being held by the North West Mega Team. The five county caches (3” x 3” x 2” snap’n’lok boxes) each contain details written under their lids that will help you locate the final Cartmel cache (a screw-top beaker). Each of the six caches contains a winner’s medallion and a special ‘themed’ prize for the FTF.
As always, be on the lookout for muggles as all the locations in the series are frequented by children, dog walkers etc, and ensure the caches are properly hidden afterwards with appropriate camouflage.
More details can be found at North West Mega. Hopefully you’ll be able to come to this mega event that is showcasing geocaching in the North West of England.
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