We had a bit of a disaster with this one when we attempted this on Sunday afternoon. After an extended picnic near to the cafe we had set off in an attempt to burn off some of the calories we'd just consumed. The picnic itself had not been without incident - Richiecactus had unpacked a magnificent roast chicken, but in trying to get rid of some grease my wife had dropped the whole lot on the grass (luckily I'm a vegetarian).
We then discovered that I had somehow managed to leave my printout behind but fortunately Richiecactus had the cache description loaded onto their GPS. However when we arrived at the 4th checkpoint we found that that was the limit of their Garmin. Those paperless-caching fools my cache print-out (left on the kitchen table) must have been thinking.
I had my Android phone with me so I browsed off to find the Geocaching website to get the remainder of the cache description. We continued walking on and had reached the (not very) nearby tricky hide at Hyde and Seek by the time I'd found it. So while I wrote down the remaining checkpoints and questions, the others looked but failed to find that cache.
Then back up the hill into the Punchbowl (and into the sun) where we found that my wife (a picnicker but not a cacher) had run off with all but one of our water bottles, when she'd gone back to the car.
We got to the place with the missing J (now replaced by a new formula I see), and had a few guesses at it, before we eventually managed to get to the next checkpoint. The kids were starting to flag by this time, so we decided to stop at checkpoint nine. There was quite a bit of new road building at this point so we weren't that confident of finding the way on to #10.
So we gave up but we were determined to return to finish it off. With our 700th find coming up I decided that this would be a good one to do. This time we came better prepared and the final three checkpoints didn't cause us any problems at all.
I was really surprised at the variety of different countryside on this walk - woods, heath, farmland. Some really great views especially tonight at #10. I wonder what this area will be like in a few months time when the tunnel is open and the old road is removed.
Thanks for the memorable cache (though surely the length of the walk and the steep climbs rate this as higher than terrain 2.5)
Awarding a fave point