Hiking, Caching and Mapping around Ardingly...15/03/2009

Posted by talkytoasteruk on 16 March 2009 in English (English)

Up early today (at 06:00) as couldn't sleep, so by 07:30 I was in Balcombe (the train station) hotfooting it towards Ardingly to attempt to do three series of geocaches in one day.

Lots of deer seen on route as well as plenty of birds seen and/or heard. Geese, Grebes, Woodpeckers, Pheasants, lots of ducks too as well as the non-water birds, magpies, pidgeons, thrushes, blackbirds, lots of tits, finches and sparrows too.

A beautiful day (at last). My first find was just before 08:00 and the last at 14:30, 24 caches attempted and found and over 16 miles of walking.

Loads of Primroses about and another walker informed me that the Rhododendrons were also in bloom; the smell of wild garlic was evident in many woodland areas. Lots of catkins and you can tell spring has arrived as the stinging nettles are growing again and there are buds breaking out on hawthorn and many other bushes and trees too.

All the series were done in reverse, well almost. This meant a fair bit of backtracking for the bonuses. That'll teach me! ;-)

The good news is that many footpaths in the area are now mapped, and I hope to get down that way again soon and map more and also along the Ouse towards Handcross, including Nymans Wood, around Slaugham and Staplefield too.

Location: Ardingly, Mid Sussex, West Sussex, South East, England, United Kingdom

Comment from mapryan on 16 March 2009 at 19:12

That sounds like a top day out. I spent the day working in an office in Central London with no natural light 8-(

Comment from daveemtb on 16 March 2009 at 20:06

Excellent - great to see some of the footpaths nearby popping up on the map. I took the liberty of changing path round the middle bit of the Y of Ardingly Reservoir to a Bridleway as I remember this being the case from last time i was there. Please correct this back if that's no longer true or my memory's playing tricks!

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