Letter-boxes.

10 04 2014

There is something a little special about a letter-box/hybrid cache. Perhaps it’s because it is a modern implementation of a hundred year old game played on Dartmoor or maybe it’s just the collecting of colourful stamps that makes it fun. During the eleven years I have been geocaching I have found just eleven letter-box hybrids. They seem to be limited to certain areas where pockets of them can occur. I own two close to home that were placed for an event a couple of years ago and they are relatively well visited as they are rather uncommon in my area.

Anyway as I was in England, the home of the original letter-boxes, it felt appropriate that after a morning of caching close to Wokingham where a number of very creative caches were found three of us decided to do something a little different to the usual “let’s grab a load of trads”. Half of team “Zelger”, or to be more precise the “ger” part of the team, his son and I set off on the 70 km drive to West Berkshire and aimed for the small town of Lambourn with the aim of hunting primarily for letter-box caches. The trail we followed was creatively called “Lambourn”. On more or less the same route were another half dozen traditional caches that formed part of a longer trail.

The letter-box route.

The letter-box route.

The first letter-box cache was in a front garden of a house, which turned out to be the owner of all the letter-boxes in the area, and was quickly found and stamps exchanged. Our stamp was a less than awe inspiring date stamp as I had left mine at home and zelger don’t have one. The next letter-box was unfortunately in need of drying out so all I got was red fingers and no stamp on my notebook nor the map we were following.

Could there be a letter-box in here somewhere?

Could there be a letter-box in here somewhere?

Yes, there was a letter-box and a stamp.

Yes, there was a letter-box and a stamp.

We had better luck as we enjoyed our walk along the country lanes interspersing letter-box caches with traditional caches that were basically on the same route. The whole walk took a couple of hours and we found all the caches we were looking for. It was a somewhat cloudy spring day but the temperature was perfect for walking and the scenery was magnificent.

The majority of the bushes were in full bloom. Great!

The majority of the bushes were in full bloom. Great!

The final cache of the day in hand.

The final cache of the day in hand.

A lively discussion was held. Is this really a race horse?

A lively discussion was held. Is this really a race horse?

After our walk we got confirmation that the horse we saw might have been a race horse. :-)

After our walk we got confirmation that the horse we saw might have been a race horse. 🙂

I have now found 18 letter-boxes – 63% up on my earlier total and all managed in a couple of hours.

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