2013 Survey Results


The following few questions were asked of Cotswold Caching members at the beginning of this year, mostly relating to the caching they had partook over the previous year in the area of the Cotswolds. Some of the regular active members of the forum have an interest in underground and extreme caching and this is reflected in one of the questions asked, and some of the answers given to other questions. The Cotswolds is, in our opinion, an area of Outstanding Caching, and as well as some superb adventurous caches, there are many other quality caches to be found. Along with the caches that were given the most votes, some of the others that members have put forward are detailed below, so that if you are reading this and live in, or are intending visiting, the Cotswolds this will help you pick out some good caches to do.

What was your most favourite cache find of 2013 within the region of the Cotswolds?
The cache that was mentioned the most in the survey was Below Above – Gruidae. It is probably of little surprise to us that this particular cache came out on top. A number of the regular forum members attempted this underground 5/5 cache of epic proportions on a group outing, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves doing so. It was clear to all who took part that an immense amount of effort had been put into setting the cache. Well done to the CO, JestersMagpie. Other adventurous caches were also named, these include There And Back Again, Playing around in Kingsdown and h4ck3r by the CO abanazar, and last year’s voted Geocache of all time Fallen Monarch originally set by Bareclawz. Some of the other caches enjoyed by our members were Paxford Bridge, Cache LORAN, Hare of the Dog, and Pinswell Loop (10) - The Butler Did It.

Photo by DizzyPair
*photo by DizzyPair - On route of Gruidae


What was your most favourite series of caches found in 2013 within the region of the Cotswolds?
The Great Cotswold Walk by CO Rooster72 was named the most. The series includes over 130 caches made up of 3 loops covering approximately 37km. The route takes you via footpaths, bridleways, and country lanes, through the villages including Quenington, Ablington, and others.

Photo by beemerboxer1
*photo by beemerboxer1 - Along route of The Great Cotswold Walk


What is your favourite caching series found of all time within the Cotswolds region?
So many great series in our area, but not one particular series came out top. Series that were named include, in no particular order North Stoke Circular, Many steps through old times, Sisters Wood, Youthful Wanderings, Westcote Wander, Calling..., CacheWalker Challenge, Great Cotswold Walk, Below Above, and Harebushes Wood.

Photo by ChippyBloss
*photo by ChippyBloss - Along route of Many steps through old times


The current Below Above series of caches are located in, or near to, the southern area of the Cotswolds. A number of new caches were added to the Below Above series during 2013. If you completed any of the new caches which one was your favourite?
Two of this series received an equal amount of votes. These were Below Above – Gruidae, a Letterbox Hybrid cache of epic proportions, and Below Above - 165 Eaton Place, Mr Hudson’s Pantry.

Other new Below Aboves were named as favourites included the easiest of the series The Ugly Duckling, and another one of epic proportions, the aptly named Mega Breakfast.

Photo by pig,dog,boyandgirls
*photo by pig,dog,boyandgirls - Mega Breakfast. "Still 4 hours to go!"




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pigdogboyandgirls: Finally got december last night. phew! Dec 18, 2017 23:31:14 GMT
btco: Panicking now still no FTF this month and time is ticking 4 years coming to an end I fear Dec 19, 2017 8:16:01 GMT
walktall: Make sure you come to the Twixmas Event (https://coord.info/GC7F41K) on the 31st Dec, there will be some new caches :) Dec 20, 2017 20:20:44 GMT
walktall: Merry Christmas and a Happy Caching New Year :D Dec 24, 2017 10:27:35 GMT
Gackt: I worked Christmas, hope everyone else had a good one. Happy New year! Dec 28, 2017 20:17:19 GMT
pigdogboyandgirls: I went away to Tenerife for Chrimbo. Loved it! Dec 29, 2017 23:28:35 GMT
walktall: Tenerife - Wow great :) Dec 30, 2017 23:56:54 GMT
pigdogboyandgirls: january done :) Jan 2, 2018 13:09:35 GMT
pigdogboyandgirls: Hmm, seems there are some new BA caches that have avoided my radar.... anyone up for a trip? Jan 3, 2018 8:51:28 GMT
walktall: still no new cache this month :o :( they all seem to be 24miles south and get found very quickly Jan 14, 2018 17:00:28 GMT
walktall: January now done when finally a new cache was close-ish :) A Wherigo (GC7DF78) in Cheltenham Jan 15, 2018 21:42:46 GMT
btco: Still no new cache for me yet same issues they are all to far away and the only close one was my own. Panic setting in again could Jan be the end of the run for me. well done walktall on the FTF by the way. Jan 15, 2018 22:09:23 GMT
pigdogboyandgirls: i haven't been getting all of them! Jan 16, 2018 10:13:50 GMT
walktall: - good fun doing your wherigo on my cycle :) It was the first cache published this month that was below 20 miles from me :o What happened to the College Lawn Penfold :( Jan 16, 2018 10:36:19 GMT
walktall: - most of the new caches seemed to be down your way. I did notice geo-g5 is very quick off the mark and uses 'write note' to show they found it, before writing their full found log - nearly caught me out on the 'North of Charlton' caches Jan 16, 2018 10:40:17 GMT
btco: - Thought id produce something different than the usual so glad its been done by bike for the first finder. College Lawn Penfold got run over by a lorry a few months ago Jan 16, 2018 18:24:22 GMT
btco: January FTF sorted with a 20 mile trip to Oddington not normally one I would go for but the caches are few and far between at the mo Jan 16, 2018 18:27:01 GMT
walktall: That seems a fair exchange, as that cache is just under 4miles for me but I was busy tiling the new shower :) Jan 16, 2018 20:19:52 GMT
walktall: Feb ticked off late tonight :) Missed a FTF on the 1st Feb by 13 minutes :o Feb 10, 2018 23:42:48 GMT
pigdogboyandgirls: got mine this week, even though I should have been at work.....;) Feb 17, 2018 22:59:51 GMT