Yesterday we got back from an action packed weekend in the Peak District! It was great fun but I think it’s starting to take it’s toll on us now! We decided that we would camp for one night and head back to Sheffield on Sunday night! I think we were both a tad hesitant but there was literally no need to panic! The campsite was in Hayfield and it had some really great facilities! The toilets and showers were immaculate and it was really quaint and had been recommended by Will’s Dad. We had gone on a practice geocache run in Sheffield but failed to find both which were close to where I lived so we were unsure of what to expect! We first drove to the campsite and were given our pitch, Will took charge and got the tent up in no time! After we had set up camp we drove into Hayfield and we stopped at a pub called The Pack Horse where we both got a tasty proscuitto and brie panini and Will got an Ale and I opted for a soft drink

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The Packhorse in Hayfield

After we were watered and fed we set off to find our first geocache! It was hard at first to exactly pinpoint where we were supposed to go and we went down a fair few dead end routes till we finally found ground zero (which is basically where the geocache can be located! At first we were disappointed as we thought this odd looking tube with a twig in was the cache…

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Disappointment with the find!
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Which was quickly followed by excitement!

This cache was identified as a micro cache as it is small! Geocaches can vary in size from Micro to massive! As you may be able to see it was super exciting when we found our first cache and we were hungry to find more! We wandered around Hayfield searching high and low for them! Some were successful whilst others were not!

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Our first geocache location was in a memorial garden by the river!

We then wandered to the church where we were expecting to find our second geocache but it turned out to be a multi cache which we are yet to tackle and get to grips with!

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The church bells in Hayfield seemed to ring constantly during our visit!

After trying to find several caches which turned out to be multi caches we got in the car and drove to the Sett Valley Trail where we managed to find several more caches and there were plenty of muggles around which made things incredibly difficult as I had to keep coming up with stories for people who kept stopping to ask if I had lost my dog!!! No only Will…

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One of the cache’s was fairly large and was hidden in a stump of a tree! Will did get some funny looks stumbling out of the bushes!

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The Sett Valley trail was incredibly beautiful!

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We then wandered back to the car and headed back to the pub for another cheeky beverage before we drove up Kinder Road where several caches were located! One was hidden in a stone wall and had been created in memory of someones son.

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This was the log of the memorial cache!

The other caches were located on a path near the famous Twenty Trees in Hayfield! I think we found around five up that path! The views from the top were incredible! Such a beautiful view! It was definitely a lovely walk! The cache’s up there ranged from micro to small to medium and were incredibly well hidden to ensure they were protected from the elements!

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The view over Hayfield
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Will finding a geocache hidden in a hole down the side of a bench (surrounded by sheep!)
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The famous Twenty Trees in Hayfield
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Yet more beautiful scenery

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One of the caches had a JCB inside!
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The rugged landscape of the Peaks!

After clambering around and traipsing through grass and foliage we headed back to the campsite which was located on Kinder Road! We then headed to the local pub called the Sportsman for dinner and wine! It was so quaint and lovely and the food was delicious! I opted for fish and chips and will had a black and blue burger with stilton and bacon! We both pretty much demolished our meals! We also got a bottle of red (because something would be seriously wrong if we hadn’t got a bottle) we stayed in the pub for several hours and just drank and enjoyed each others company! We even became part of the lock in which I’m told is an honour for someone who isn’t a local! We then walked back to the campsite and had a suprisingly ok-ish sleep in the tent! The rain admittedly did wake us up!

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The Sportsman Inn in Hayfield

On Sunday we laid in for a bit before getting up and driving into Hayfield for a coffee! We stopped at Millies Tea room for an Americano and vanilla latte before we headed back to the campsite to take down the tent and make our way to Bakewell! We got to Bakewell and set about Geocaching! We found one cache in a public garden in a piece of wood and we found the second cache by the River Wye in a garden in a film canister and the third geocache was found in a tree in a log!

11743005_10206612833947194_9103083947414959536_nWe then wandered to the pub and got a drink before heading to a fish and chip shop in Bakewell to get a bite to eat! We then started our journey home (Sheffield) caching along the way may I add! Stopped at the Peacock Inn for a wine and ale and then cached along the road pulling into every layby to discover another treasure! One was in a stump of a tree, one was in a pen lid in a log and one (which I found) was under a rock in a stone wall! We had a lovely day searching for caches and enjoying spending time with each other! We got back to Sheffield, unpacked the car and ended our lovely weekend with a round of crazy golf at centertainment! It was a really good weekend spent with someone who makes me incredibly happy and can put up with my madness! He’s a real gem! I’d highly recommend geocaching! We got so into it Will downloaded the premium edition which makes things even more fun! We are both a tad shattered now so an early night was called for! It was lovely spending time in the country and enjoying the sights, sounds and of course tasty beverages and food! I hope you enjoyed hearing about our weekend adventures in the Peak District! Next weekend we are heading South and may even attempt to go geocaching in London!

Love C xo

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