It has been almost three years since our last geocaching vacation in the UK, but we have many times talked about coming back to this beautiful country and it's public footpaths. On all our previous trips we had to rely on public transportation, but this time we rented a car, which gave us much more flexibility to plan each day trip.
Today was our tenth and last day of hiking for Letterboxes in the area around Blackburn. The first nine days we were very lucky with the weather, but today we had periods of rain. Our goal of the day was the 'Holmechapel Section'. We also made a detour to a few caches in the 'Hurstwood Section', which we did not visit, when we found the majority of the caches in that section three days ago. We made the 'Holmechapel' circular in counterclockwise direction, which turned out to be a great idea. In that way, we got the most difficult part of the trail uphill in dry weather instead of downhill in heavy rain.
Only few of the caches were found during the rainy periods, and we did all we could not to get the logbooks wet, but in most cases this was quite unimportant, as the logbooks were already wet or moist. Unfortunately, that was the case for surprisingly many of the 300+ Letterbox caches we found during the ten days, so we highly recommend a service check for the WWW-series.
We really enjoyed the landscapes, this circular had to offer. Especially the climb North of Cornholme was beautiful, and the small detour to the hushings in the 'Hurstwood Section' was most interesting. Most of today's circular was along well-marked trails, but we found it challenging to find the right path from "Take the High Road" and also were a bit in doubt about the route from 'Easden Clough' to 'Karl Marx' due to the two archived caches between those two. We afterwards found out, that we had in fact followed the right path between those two caches, but it seemed like a long detour!
This cache was found at 16:08. It ws a milestone for us - our find no. 29.000.
Thanks for the cache and greetings from Denmark!