So, armed with the coordinates of three caches, I packed up my bike and set off at 8:30 AM. The Easter morning air was cool and damp; the roads were empty. Quickly escaping the confines of Oxford, I travelled down the small roads to the quiet hamlet of Horspath. There I pushed my bike up the steep incline of Castle Hill, chained it to a fence, and set off across a field to discover my first cache. I had brought a collection of small buttons (badges) to leave in the caches (Spider-Man, Animal from the Muppets, and a Dalek). Often I don’t take anything from the caches, but I have a soft spot for coins. (I’m assembling my own pirate treasure you see!). I found a Eurocent and left Spider-Man.
Setting off again, I cycled along a high ridge with astounding views across the rolling countryside, until one sight stopped me dead on my bike, the Wheatley Windmill. I’d never seen it before today, didn’t know it existed. However, a quick internet check at home revealed that it was built in the eighteenth century and has been restored in the last decade. It really is a gorgeous structure. I see on the Wheatley Windmill website that they hold open days. A fun day for the future.