Holy Island – Geocaches 80 – 89

To celebrate my last day of freedom before starting my new job, and because we’d been meaning to go on a proper day trip for ages, Terri and I spent a day caching on holy island! We checked the tide tables and reckoned we’d have time to get all of the island’s caches in one day – the challenge was on.

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On we go!

Our first stop was the endpoint of the mystery cache Lindisfarne Puzzler (GC51Z7Y), for which we had already solved the puzzle. Our coordinates were correct, and the find itself was very straightforward.

One puzzle down...
One puzzle down…

One down in short order! There’s a lovely multi cache on Lindisfarne, Lindisfarne Gospels (Holy Island) (GC49XKX), which takes you around the whole island. We decided to use it as our guide and pick up the traditional caches on the way around the island, recording the multi clues as we went.

The beautiful priory
The beautiful priory

We got the first clue at the prory and moved on swiftly to a traditional cache – Lindisfarne. View of St Cuthbert’s Isle. (GC51Z42). We found the cache quite quickly, and Terri braved the nettles to get it out. When we took the camo bag off, we found a caterpillar inside! Luckily it wasn’t inside the tupperware!

Caterpillar in the cache bag!
No code on this Travel Bug.

This one also had some really lovely treasure inside for the youngsters.

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Marbles, shells, a pine cone – what lovely treasure.

The cache location also offered us a few nice views.

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A view of St Cuthbert’s Island
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The priory over the cache.

Next, we went off to the castle for more of the multi, playing tourist as we went. There were SO many people though…

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Boat sheds and the castle.

A busy little spot! We couldn’t find the multi clue, so we had to hope we could guess it…

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A piper and the castle.

After picking up a few more multi clues, time for the trads. This one was accessible only through Terri’s premium app, but she graciously allowed me to join in looking for Time for thought (GC3QV2D), which was tucked away behind a wall.

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Ah, back out to the quiet side of the island.

We continued around the perimeter of the island to pick up a few more multi clues, including one at a bird hide overlooking a lake.

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View from the hide.

It was here where we learned about the Pirri-Pirri burr… we would become much more acquainted with it later!

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These would turn out to be a theme of the day! They’re very tenacious.

We passed some lovely bays and walked through lots of dune paths on the way to Cuthbert’s Ghost (GC1HAJ2), which was sited in an old quarry, with a ghostly tale…

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Just around this bay…
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Pathways through the dunes.
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Nando’s Seeds.

We didn’t see any of Cuthbert’s Ghost’s beads, but we did find a solitary soldier climbing the rocks. Terri noticed that the log directly before ours was always by the same cachers, and we realised we must be following them around the island!

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One man war.

We went on to the next cache around the next bay and over some more dunes looking for Greenshiel Stamps (GC1TF34).

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And just around THIS bay…
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We spent plenty of time in the dunes.
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An ancient settlement.

We found it tucked away amongst the ruins of an old settlement… now for us to get back to civilisation!

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Another gorgeous beach.
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Guess the prevailing wind direction.
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The mainland.

We rounded the last corner and got onto the home straight to Cache and Tache (GC49X05) which made no sense for a cache name until we discovered it was full of stick on moustaches! We of course graced the log with a picture of our moustachioed selves!

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Blue – Yellow – Green
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We logged this cache. HA!

There’s always room for a pun… we were getting really quite tired by now, but we had also got all of the clues for the multicache! With a couple of hours left to get off the island we only had one more traditional cache and the multi’s final stage to find and log to finish off all the caches!

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Back to square one.

We started the second lap for Lindisfarne to get our last traditional cache of the day, View across the Pilgrim’s Way (GC51Z12). We came across lots of interesting things in the beach, and could here lots of animals hooting – probably seals!

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A natural arrangement..?
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Team Dunefrog make their mark.
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A view over the beach.

And that was the last traditional cache of the day! On the way back to civilisation we passed by a strange collection of glass.

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Nearly helpful litter collection.

Back in the village we plugged in our answers to the multi cache, got coordinates and went off in search of the final multi stage… we wondered if we were going to run into the cachers who we’d been following all day! We also passed by a farm which had a yard full of birds – chickens, roosters, ducks, geese, swans…

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These geese had a nice campervan.

We dived into the bushes off the road and got the multi cache final! We picked up a travel bug and then Terri said that she hadn’t seen the name of the cachers we had been following! We realised they couldn’t be far behind us, so quickly hid the container and sure enough, we spotted a couple walking towards us, GPS in hand! We stopped them and said hello, and it was the two cachers who had been following us all day! They were very nice and had enjoyed their day just as much as we had enjoyed ours.

We went back to the car park and took the weight off our feet – we had been walking for a long time! FInally, we crossed the causeway again, measuring its length for an earthcache, Lindisfarne Causeway (GC2993D).

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From the mainland – picture for an Earthcache.

We completed the other Earthcache tasks, and finally, we finished off the tenth cache back on the mainland – A View of Holy Island (GC1BJ3Q). It was another quick find, and we just about made it back to the car without falling to the ground through tiredness!

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The last cache of the day was hidden by a large concrete cube. Hm.

We had a lovely day on the island! A little weatherbeaten – and with aching legs – we dived into the nearest pub for a good feed and a refreshing drink. Aaaah… what a brilliant way to spend a day.

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