UK Mega 2012 – NW England - Lancashire
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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.
Lancashire takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. Lancaster is still considered to be the county town although the County Council is based in Preston. It covers an area of 1,189 square miles and has a population of just fewer than 1.5 million, which are known as Lancastrians. The county borders Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and North and West Yorkshire.
Historically, Lancashire was a major commercial and industrial region. There were many cotton mills manufacturing the majority of the world cotton. In addition there were collieries for the production of coal, and Blackpool was the premier tourist destination in the North West.
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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