Name: Classic Bikes Series 2
Distance: 6 Miles
Location: Chesterton, Warwickshire
First in Series: GC3C41M
Walked on: 9th February 2014
Weather: Overcast and windy, following another week of rain!
Terrain: Footpaths around edges of fields / muddy ploughed fields
Total Ascent: 605 Feet. small hills
Marrow Bone is a prolific Geocache hider in the West Midlands area, he (or she) has hidden over 500. Each series has a theme, this is the second circular walk in the Classic Bikes series. Most of Marrow Bone’s trails are concentrated in the same area often running parallel to each other, the tricky bit is working out where each goes as the name of the series isn’t detailed in the cache title. So, I downloaded all 500 caches and plotted each route in Garmin Basecamp. Unfortunately the weather today was no where near as good as the last few weekends, the blue skies had been replaced with grey clouds and it was very windy.
This series starts and finishes from Chesterton, we parked outside St Giles’ Church (main picture above). This is a tough trail to do in the winter and even harder when it has been raining. Mud features a lot on this walk, as a large parts are across arable farmland and my boots were caked heavily in sticky soil on several occasions. So this is a challenging walk from the perspective of the terrain, but most of the caches are simple enough with the odd tricky one here and there.
One of the small lakes at Chesterton, this one was at Kingston Manor Farm.
Spring was in the air, snowdrops starting to appear.
A large part of the series took us across arable farmland, not surprisingly some of it was extremely muddy. Pip needed a hose down back at home.
This marshy field was a nice change to the mud!
There was a great view at the top of the hill near Lighthorne. see the panoramic photo here.
The striking Chesterton Windmill on top of the hill, it can be seen on the walk back into the village. This famous Warwickshire landmark is over 350 years old.