November 19 – A geocaching trip to North Coker

Our 5700th geocache

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

We visited St Martin of Tours church at West Coker where we found a huge painted organ and some beautiful stained glass windows with such fine detail.  There were a lovely reredos and an embroidered and quilted altar cloth and corbels with shields on them. The Portman memorial was very impressive. It was to two daughters of Sir John Portman, who both lived only 10 years Elizabeth from 1593 – 1603 and Grace from 1601 – 1611

I had done some research looking for a walk with geocaches which would take us about two hours but would be flat and hopefully not too muddy. I found one in North Coker with 19 caches called the ‘Strewth Bridle Bimble’ plus three puzzle caches which I had been able to solve too. No parking places were listed so it took us a while to find somewhere to park as this whole area seems to be tiny lanes. We finally found some houses and parked the car there and set off on the track much to Honey’s delight.

The first cache was only 80m away and immediately we started to be muggled. Quite a popular place for walking. This track seems to go all the way around several fields but there are hedges both sides of the track which is used by dog walkers, lone walkers and even horses, although I have no idea how you would get passed a horse on this track as it is very narrow in places. The day was cool but not cold and we made great progress picking up on of the puzzle caches on the way. The cache boxes were all a good size and all had very explicit hints which aided us to find them. Our favourite was a pottery duck. The track took us through East Coker and then back on a different track. At no. 11 we got a phone call from Charlie and we realised then that the light was starting to fade so we backtracked a bit and headed across a central track to Naish Priory and made our 5700th find.

When I was logging the cache later I found that during Saxon times Naish Priory formed part of the estate of Gytha Thorkelsdóttir, which passed to her son Harold II of England as part of his royal manor, and it was a significant journey stop on the important route from Winchester, Salisbury and Shaftesbury into Devon and Cornwall. A significant place for us to find our 5700th geocache.

We got through the muddy part of the track in low light so perfect timing. A lovely day out. Honey has a wonderful time. I think she is a brown dog in her heart as she loves to walk through every puddle and patch of mud. When we got home she endured a spray down with the hose and turned white again.