The Ardingly Mega Series as I’ve named it, consists of 71 micro caches on 14 mile circular walk. Poohtiggs the cache owner, has laid out eight “there & back” mini series between villages in West Sussex which link together to make up one mega series. Whether you choose to do this as one complete circuit or a series of there & back walks I’m sure that you will find it very enjoyable – I certainly did.
The mini series making up the mega series are:-
- Ardingly to Horstead Keynes 9 caches
- Horstead Keynes to Ardingly 9 caches
- Horstead Keynes to Scaynes Hill 12 caches
- Scaynes Hill to Horstead Keynes 12 caches
- Scaynes Hill to Lindfield 6 caches
- Lindfied to Scaynes Hill 6 caches
- Lindfield to Ardingly 9 caches
- Ardingly to Lindfield 8 caches
Whilst my wife & daughter we competing in an agility show at the South of England show ground, I had all day to go geocaching in the area and with some of the warmest April weather on record, I decided it would be a good day to do the whole series. I was on my own because Pip my usual geohound companion was needed at the agility show, it was a shame as she would have liked this series.
I parked up in Ardingly village where there is a free car park for 23 hours, which I thought would be adequate. The route broke down into 4 sections, the first was about 3.5 miles from Ardingly to Horstead Keynes with 18 caches and two others nearby. The terrain along this section was a mix of open countryside and woodland walks. A little way into the walk I met up with some fellow cachers who were also out for the day. It was a very warm morning so by the time I reached Horstead Keynes I was pleased to see the village shop open so I could top up with water and an enjoy an ice lolly!
Stage 2 was Horstead Keynes to Scaynes Hill, at just under 6 miles this section was the longest of the four and it felt like it. There were 24 caches plus 3 others on route. This section was noticeably more hilly than the first and by now it was really hotting up, so I was pleased that there were a few woodland sections to cool off a bit. 6 miles into the walk I arrived at a nice looking pub called “The Sloop”, I stopped there for a pint and a sandwich in their nice garden and bought some more water to keep me going. The trail also went past the aptly named Bluebell vineyard where people were pruning the vines, creating a Mediterranean feel in the hot afternoon sunshine. Towards the end of this section there was a brilliant display of bluebells going up the side of a hill, the light was shining through the trees and it really was quite beautiful.
The third stage was between Scaynes Hill and Lindfield a shorter 2.5 mile section of 12 caches, plus 1. There was a Spar shop at the petrol station and another pub at Scaynes Hill had I needed more refreshment, as I didn’t I continued on my way. There was a longish woodland section that I was hoping would give me some protection from the heat for a while, but the path was so wide that there was no shade. It was mid afternoon and seemed to be getting hotter, then there was some thunder which continued on and off for the next hour, but fortunately no rain!
The fourth and final stage was Lindfield back to Ardingly another 17 caches and about 3 miles long. Again more supplies were available at Lindfield, but I kept going hoping to avoid any rain if it was coming. Just three caches from the end the heavens opened and there was a huge down pour, I decided to take cover under a tree for half an hour which kept me dry until the rain stopped so I could finish the series.
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