Bourton Beat

Bourton Beat, 15 caches, 4 miles, Wilts / Oxfordshire Border, Map

First in series GC4NHEG Walked 30/11/2013

Time to do a local series, in fact this one backs onto to one of mine, yet the terrain is quite different.  The series starts from the little village of Bourton on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border. There is plenty of parking in the village normally but today something was happening that brought lots of people into it.

It was perfect conditions for a walk, a lovely sunny windless afternoon at the end of November.  I didn’t have much time to go very far afield and needed somewhere to go with two of our geohounds that had been left in my charge and this series looked ideal.Before heading into the countryside we passed by the former baptist church now the village hall and then Tower House, named because of it’s  4 story converted water tower annexe building.  The first few caches were located in fields home to lots of sheep so the geohounds were kept on their lead, but from number 3 I was able to let them off to run around and explore the countryside.

The footpaths lead us through fields and along a track on very flat terrain.  The caches were a good mix of sizes and quite easy to find. There was also an excellent puzzle cache at number 6 where you have to work out the combination of the cache lock from a riddle. On the way back into the village we passed the old manor house a quite impressive building on the edge of the village.

The trail is about 4 miles long and family friendly, only taking a couple of hours to go around so the kids should love it too.