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A Trip to Seaham – Geocaches 147 and 148

Today I went to Seaham for lunch with mam and Lin. After we were fuelled, we set off to find some nearby geocaches. The first was THE PIRATES GRAVE! (GC4NDGV), near St Mary’s Church. Lin got her hands on the cache very quickly, and I logged the find.

We had a bit more trouble with the other one, Church Micro 6853…Old Seaham (GC5HCJX). The clues were quickly found, and the final coordinates were calculated. After a thorough search in the wrong place, I rechecked the coordinates and found the cache in no time – slightly futher away from where we had been looking. Oops.

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Mam and Lin fancied a walk on the beach, and seeing it was a pebble beach I wondered whether it would be any good for seaglass. It turned out to be a brilliant spot! We found lots of lovely pieces as we walked along, and the walk quickly turned into a stand as we combed the beach.

There were plenty of people walking along the beach, bag in hand. One man walking his dog said hello and gave us a bagful of glass he’d collected. Apparently he collects it every day while walking his dog, and always hands it to someone else. Today I was his lucky “customer”.

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When I got home I looked up Seaham for seaglass, and discovered that it had been the site of a glass works run by John Candlish. You can read lots more serious information about him on his Wikipedia page, and in this article about the factory. There’s a rather more romanticised article on the Guardian website about finding seaglass in Seaham too.

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Seaham certainly has a much greater variation of glass than any other beach I’ve collected on, and there are plenty of very nicely-rounded pieces too. Because of the way that waste glass was dumped into the sea in big lumps, I have found plenty of multicoloured glass here, which is really beautiful. I’m looking forward to spending lots more time on this beach.

Geocaches 57-61 – 5 A Day

Having completed the hideous task of clothes shopping early, Terri and I squeezed in a few caches. There were five different caches all pretty close together. The first was Make Mine A Half (GC33KXH) which was a very quick find for us – a micro squeezed into a bus shelter window with a view of the Tyne.

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The next cache was Trow Quarry – Near a Pew, Enjoy the View 1 (GC3NXTM), a cache by the same person as the tricky cache from my previous post. This one was a homemade disco cache, hidden in a nook near a set of benches. We sat on top of a rock and enjoyed the view for a bit before moving on.

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The next cache, Yuck to Green (GC4P95E) took us up to the top of Trow Quarry, to search for a “Brian”. I absolutely loved this homemade disco cache, which was very well adapted to its environment. It would be hard to say more without giving it away! Fans of 60s kids’ TV programmes would possibly have understood what they were looking for a lot quicker than we did, as we wandered about saying “Brian” and trying to come up with famous ones. Once found and logged, we headed out across the fields.

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Though we had a bit of a walk to the next site for Less than Half a Mile to Go (GC3NXTC), we knew what we were looking for, having found one of this cache owner’s caches previously. Terri grabbed it almost straight away and we signed it quickly. I really like this type of cache, and always appreciate hidden in plain sight ones like this one.

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The musical railings made for great entertainment for our little walk back towards the car.

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Our final cache of the day, Rattler (GC2B06C) which was a tribute to the old railway line which used to run alongside all the industry, moving raw materials out of the area. I had had no idea that there was a railway along the coast in the past, but this little piece of evidence still remains.

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We managed to rack up these five caches in just over an hour! Can you imagine what we could have achieved in a full day? Probably, if you know your five times table…

The West Harton Mineral Line and Geocaches 39-41

Two Geocaching adventures with Terri in one week? What could go wrong?

Another local jaunt this time to East Boldon and the West Harton Mineral Line bridleway. Much of this runs alongside the Metro line. We made use of the Metro car park to grab the cache W.H.M.L. #8 (GC4KHR5).

A pretty spot for a photo.

Our next success was with #6 in the W.H.M.L. Series, the Horse’s Step (GC4KHQ3). It was a swift find as we knew what kind of container we were after, and it was in the first place we looked. A nice spot with an interesting story in the cache description.

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Part of the Bridleway, the Horse’s Step
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Cache in hand (that joke never gets old)

If you’ve found 6 and 8 you really should find number 7… (GC4KHQF) so we did. This was the first cache of this type that I’d found, and was flush with the ground covered by a handy bit of debris. We unearthed the cache quickly without any nettle stings on this occasion!

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Not nettled here.

There were two DNFs today, one of which resulted in a nettle sting (the BTB series in Cleadon claims another victim…I got stung with BTB W (GC2X5PA) whereas Terri was got when we DNFd the BTB S cache () the other week. and we were foxed by a cryptic clue on our first attempt at cache Triumph in the skies… (GC32R6D)