Piratemania 6 – The Main Event

Saturday 27 July 2013

After a good night’s sleep we awoke to beautiful sunshine and a pleasant temperature. However we did find gas problems. TeamFayers were having issues with their regulator and our gas had expired. Thankfully last night’s fire was still smoldering so we got it up and running so the crew could have a cooked breakfast.

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Nick the trucker stoked the fire and cooked us a hearty breakfast

Registration, trackable swaps and new caches took place from half 9… And many of us uploaded our gps receivers with a plethora of geocaches and waited for a dip in temperature before heading out.

Smif247 and I took a wander around with sidderz through Stratford upon Avon picking up the usual local caches, enjoying the scenery and architecture.

We began with Off Course, it seemed rude not as it was at the entrance to Stratford Racecourse, then followed the footpath towards SMJR Walk and Paddock Lane.  We then progressed towards town via Really Sidetracked and Trinity Tryst, so called as there were three different denomination churches all facing each other.

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Random stream beside a residential garden

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Holy Trinity Church across the River Avon

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Footbridge close to the Colin P Witter lock

The weather was hot and muggy but we carried on towards Stratford’s theatre area and the River Avon. By this point I was getting tired and achy so instead of walking to the nearest foot bridge decided we would cross the river via the chain ferry.

1930s chain ferry

1930s chain ferry

Our next stop was at a cache called River Avon Navigation where we spent a while watching the lock in use and our geopup took a swim to cool down. Sidderz junior also helped out with opening/closing the lock.

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Misty taking Rick for a paddle

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Sidderz junior helping with lock gates

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Lock information

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Narrow boat cruising the River Avon

After a good break we carried on towards the racecourse to pick up the tail end of the Piratemania 6 caches. Starting with PVI #14 – Merchant man. Having not seen any pirates all day it came as a bit of a shock when hoardes of scurvy crews were rapidly descending upon us along the narrow river footpath.

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A rather ornate footpath gate

We knew we were nearing the end when we came across a very old railway bridge. A bridge (not) too far is located at Stannal’s Bridge, where the old railway bridge crosses the Avon.

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Stannals Bridge

Unfortunately we had to Dnf (did not find) the geocache but in the distance I could see the campsite. The give away was all the flags swaying in the breeze.

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Piratemania 2013 and Stratford Racecourse

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2 thoughts on “Piratemania 6 – The Main Event

  1. It looks so beautiful there.

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