February 26 – Geocaching with Pinga and Pema around Sellack and Bellingham

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

Today was our last full day with Pema and Pinga before they head off on holiday to France so in the afternoon we headed out to complete two geocaching series that are nearby. The first was three caches we missed in Brockhampton. Despite reloading my GPS with the unfound caches in the area for some inexplicable reason these three caches were still not on the GPS. I wrote down the coordinates and put them into the GPS manually and we found the first two with no problem at all. TWe searched for the third one for ages but it was not to be found. Someone has found it quite recently so we kept looking and the dogs laid down to wait patiently. What are those strange humans doing? Then we drove around to Sellack which while close as the crow flies was quite a long drive away as it is inside the next curve of the winding River Wye. We parked the car at St Tysilio’s church and headed through a muddy field which we walked only a few days ago. One cache aptly named M for Mud is 770 metres from this gate and the same distance from the alternate entry point. There has not been any rain but it is just as muddy as last time and our trousers and gym shoes were soon caked with mud. The dogs didn’t seem to get so dirty but we will have to wash those shoes tonight. We found the cache which has been replaced since we were here before and it was a nice new big bag with a new log book and some swappable toys for the kids hanging inside a hollow tree. Grumpy Alan the CO certainly puts a lot of effort into his geocaches and also maintains them well.

Then we walked back towards the footbridge over the River Wye I had to count the suspension wires holding the bridge so I had to walk all the way over. There were four people standing in the middle but it seemed quite sturdy. Mike stayed at the end with the dogs as we were not sure if they would like it. This bridge was designed and built by Louis Harper in 1895 at the request of local folk who wanted their vicar to be able to move easily between his two churches at Sellack and Kings Caple. The Harper Bridges web site has excellent information on the many bridges they constructed around the country and the fencepost patent which led to the success of the company. We were soon able to do our sums and found the cache under the bridge with the hint of “not on the bridge” being slightly confusing. Still, it is a lovely place and has a good multi to celebrate it. Then we walked along the river to find the last cache in the Alphabet Irritation series, the letter J for Just One More which was also replaced a few days ago. Then we walked up the hill and I rested on the stile with the dogs while Mike went to retrieve the car. Opposite the stile was a driveway leading to a house perched up on the hill with a GR letterbox. I don’t think it was a working letter box as it is painted grey not red. Maybe the homeowners use it for their letterbox to save the mailman from having to go all the way up the hill every day. Still, you do not see GR mailboxes very often.

When we got back to the house Cheskie’s car was there but she was not as she had gone to visit some neighbours. She was very happy to see all the animals were happy and settled. She misses them when she is away.

A lovely last day with Pema and Pinga out in the sunshine.