Wednesday 3 July: Woodstock Caching – S/E-M. A walk walk in Woodstock Nature reserve for a few geocaches. Leader: Roger E.
I have only been in Woodstock NR once before, returning from the border in the area on 9 Apr 13.
A little interest in our weekly caching from others in CBC. One cacher + one walker with us today.
Distance: 10.1km | Climb: 200m | Time: 11.20am – 2.50pm (3hrs 30mins), including 25 mins of breaks and caching time | Grading: S/E-M; E(7)
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Waypoint and Track Files
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A late start due to our leader’s civic commitments.
What a fabulous little Nature Reserve!
A log of GC4K2HP Picture Perfect just across the other side of Fairlight Rd from where we parked.
We took the low road going in, stopping to log MR’s GC63XD9 Light My Fire. Nothing like having the cache own with you, especially as it was not quite in the expected location. Great cliffs in view on the other side of the Murrumbidgee River.
Round near the point was a special area where we found GC46JE4 Murrumbidgee Mine. Once again Tankengine took me to a place I’d never know of – the old Weetangera mine/quarry.
More cliffs across the other side of the river with Shepherds Lookout atop.
Just near the end of the Woodstock Track, our next cache called GC7QPDW Woodstock Waters took us to a beautiful pool in the river.
When it ended, we walked further along the river bank. Easy going on broad sandy patches under Casuarinas. We found and logged GC46JEW Woodstock wander.
A nice little bluff on our side.
MR’s first log of the day (he’d already found the previous ones) was GC8103X Tribute – All The Rivers Run. We had to scramble up from the bank, so took the opportunity to enjoy lunch with a view.
Our return was to be the high road and we retraced our steps a bit to a fire trail (you can see the bottom of it on the track map) we’d passed coming in. I was dragging the chain and did the wrong thing by making a B-line for it. A couple of shouts and I rejoined the others, my trail firmly between my legs.
The fire trail took us to Roger’s main objective for the day, a 4.5/5 difficulty to find cache. The four of us put in a couple of minute’s work, then Contesta came up with the goods. A log of GC8123P Woodstock Wrecker.
We returned SE along the open tops, along the boundary of the NR. A log of GC84RY6 Wondrous Woodstock. It was then down a gentle spur, zig-zagging though the shrubs to rejoin the Woodstock Track.
A final view down to the river as we walked back.
Roger drove my car on the way back so we could do some drive-bys. A log of GC7X2YY Drive to Uriarra Road #21, GC7X2YX Drive to Uriarra Road #20, GC7X2YK Drive to Uriarra Road #17, GC7X2YH Drive to Uriarra Road #16, GC7RVXN Uriarra and GC7X2YC Drive to Uriarra Road #15. DNF GC7X2Y9 Drive to Uriarra Road #14. A log of GC7X2Y8 Drive to Uriarra Road #13. DNF GC7X2Y6 Drive to Uriarra Road #12. A log of GC7X2Y4 Drive to Uriarra Road #11, GC7X2Y3 Drive to Uriarra Road #10, GC7X2Y0 Drive to Uriarra Road #9, GC7X2XY Drive to Uriarra Road #8 and GC7X2XX Drive to Uriarra Road #7.
So a successful part day of some caches in great locations and some drive-bys. 20 in all.
Thanks for organising Roger. And thanks to Q and Diana for company and finds. We’ll do it again Friday week.
4 walkers – Roger E (Marmaduke Rothschild) (leader), Quentin M, Diana T (Contesta), me (JohnnyBoyACT).