Lost in the woods

We recently discovered geocaching and on the weekend headed out for our first geocaching expedition. We picked Dunster in Devon as it isn’t too far away, it looked pretty, and we are National Trust and English Heritage members and Dunster has both.

Dunster is a sleepy little medieval village on the edge of Exmoor in Devon, with a castle that dates back to the Norman conquest and is well worth a visit. They like dogs there so we took Charlie and went for a stroll. With the castle grounds fully explored we decided to have a look round the village then headed for an old bridge which is an English Heritage site.

A couple of bridges!
Lover's Bridge Gallox Bridge

We knew there was a cache in the forest, so we crossed the bridge and set off in search of it. With that one easily found, and the mile walk uphill not causing us any too many problems, we continued on to the next one… after all, it was only about half a mile further into the woods.

A couple of fun guys!
Fungi Run away!

Now, here’s a little warning about geocaching; geocaching is addictive! Searching for a cache can take precedence over all else, good sense included. Once found, the desire to continue on to the next one can be irrepressible. The fact that you’re now five hours into the woods, walking in spirals or circles or higgledy-piggledy paths, matters not. So what if it’s gone dark and you’re several miles from the nearest street light? Who cares if the mud is now half way to your knees, and has filled your socks? The fun of the find is paramount. If it wasn’t for Charlie, caked with mud, on slow-walk protest, and threatening to stop right there and bed down for the night in the middle of a mud-puddle, we might very well still be there.

Viewpoint in Dunster Forest

There was a little incident with the car park being locked, but we did manage to escape and make it home, and during the course of our adventures Heidi was able to capture her 365 project photo for the day.

Day 18 – Mossy Birch
Mossy Birch

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