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This is a small series of cache and dashes located along Welsh Lane, a Drover’s Road in Northamptonshire. All caches are located within a short distance of a parking spot. Welsh Lane is not a busy road, but take care if accompanied by geo-kids and/or geo-dogs. You are looking for a bison tube. There is no room for swaps or trackables, BYOP.
Northamptonshire lies at the centre of England and is crossed by many highways, Roman roads, drivers roads, salt ways, canals, railroads and of course more laterally motorways. Drovers’ Roads are a network of old roads which began in the 13th century as green lanes connecting village, town, and religious houses. Although not surfaced to wheeled vehicles, they were hardened down by the constant tread of feet, the merchants, their pannier horses laden with merchandise, travellers, pilgrims, friars, cattle, sheep and horses, all passed along these winding lanes on their business or pleasure, the same peaceful country lanes that we use today. These roads, however, were dangerous to travel, due to the thieves and robbers who lurked along the routes. A decree was passed in the reign of Edward I that all brushwood should be cut back for 200 yards either side of the road as a precaution against ambush. Historically cattle had always been driven along the roads from farm to farm and from farm to market, but it was not until the 16th century that drovers roads came into existence and Welsh store cattle were driven down the roads into England as they still are sent to Midland Markets today. The starting point for Welsh Lane which passes through the county of Northamptonshire was on the western side of the Clun Forest (Shropshire) at the Inn where the farmers brought their cattle and handed them over to the drovers. The route ran all the way from this point winding its way all the way into Buckinghamshire. Cattle droving for long distances along these country lanes came to an end with the advent of the railways, but by the late 1920s the railway in its turn gave way to the cattle lorry which today reigns supreme.
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