I came across my first coal post by accident on Epsom racecourse (while we were sheltering from the rain at the 10 year Lost & Found Event). Since then I've been intrigued by them but I hadn't actually found any of the caches (as they are quite a long way from home).
However this challenge has spurred me on. I found that my closest sequence of six were near the M25 at a tiny cut-off place called Mogador.
We ended up doing them in two batches. Coal Posts 149, 150 and 153 I found with my son Bobcat. They were very memorable as we did them in the dark to finish off the 30 in a Day Challenge (with a triple twist). I returned a couple of months later with my daughter Enchanted Fox. A much more relaxed affair this time and we found numbers 151, 152 and 154.
Here is a link giving a summary of our finds.
Today I was out caching with both Bobcat and Enchanted Fox picking up some puzzles and challenges in Kent. It took us about five minutes to find the cache. The GPSr was insisting upon one of the significant verticals. The kids had checked that one, and the ones either side of that, and had spread out a few more in both directions. I'd started looking on the ground to see if it had fallen off but nothing.
We were starting to think it had gone missing. I decided to try a few other verticals and on my third go found it.
A really good challenge and an interesting piece of history. Well worth a favourite point.
#1863 TFTC (+fave point)