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We're planning a caching weekend in the Oxford area with the aim of maximising number of finds in a push towards our 1000th.

 

If we look at Traditional Caches only (and short multi's), can someone give me a rough idea of how many we might expect to find in, say, an 10 hour caching session if we keep the pace up?

 

What are the must do caches in the area as we'd like to work them into the plans too?

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I'd say 30 should be do-able in 10 hours in Oxford, with a little planning. A bicycle would be useful too - finding somewhere to park for 10 hours anywhere near the city centre would be a challenge, so you might want to use the park&ride - there are several around the outskirts of town.

 

Must do caches: In the city centre you'll find 2202's University Challenge series, which are all good. You might also enjoy my (and Dan's) Punters series on the river. It'll get you 3 in an hour, which should keep you on target for 30, as well as give you a good laugh, I hope. The Phillimore Clan's 'Cherster's Parks' series takes you a little further out of town, but are mostly quiet spots and reasonably easy finds.

 

Good luck :shocked:

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Thanks Paul - some great advice there :unsure:

 

Are the city centre ones easily walkable as I'd be a little nervous with Isaac on a bike in a city centre as he's only 8 and a little wobbly at times.

 

Any suggestions for somewhere to stay that has broadband internet and will not break the bank - does not have to be central (as long as it's not too far from lots of caches, which looking at things in Google Earth means pretty much anywhere :shocked:).

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Any suggestions for somewhere to stay that has broadband internet and will not break the bank - does not have to be central (as long as it's not too far from lots of caches, which looking at things in Google Earth means pretty much anywhere :)).

 

I've only just read this thread as we are also considering a trip to Oxford and I hope this reply is not too late for you.

 

In the last year we have discovered Youth Hostels - we have found them very good value especially for a family. There is one in Oxford which is new - it is by the railway station so should be convenient. Non-members can stay in Youth Hostels for a small supplement - or it might even be worth joining. See www.yha.org.uk

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I wish that Cambridge was similarly endowed with caches. :) Looks like I might grab two or three at the most next week on a short visit with my son to look at colleges, once I exclude a couple of long multis and the unavailable from the very short list. Perhaps I should encourage my son to apply to Oxford instead of Cambridge. :D

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Thanks BikerCats. We're literally just back from our 5 day caching trip to Oxford and Yorkshire. We ended up using the TravelLodge at Peartree (I think it's called) which was handy for the areas we had caching planned in.

 

The only nightmare was the wireless internet they advertised did not work so we've now got a LOT of caches to log :).

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I wish that Cambridge was similarly endowed with caches. :) Looks like I might grab two or three at the most next week on a short visit with my son to look at colleges, once I exclude a couple of long multis and the unavailable from the very short list. Perhaps I should encourage my son to apply to Oxford instead of Cambridge. :D

 

Although I didn't go to cambridge itself, I was in Huntingdon last weekend, and a great number of caches by sweepy!!!

 

I had great caching days courtesy of sweepy!

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The best day of the trip was 33 over about a 9 hour period, including a drive down to the area from Shropshire. These were admittedly all north of Oxford (Banbury and surrounding areas).

 

On the day that included the city centre Oxford caches, we did 32 in about 9 hours, which included a bit of touristing in Oxford :lol:.

 

How many did you do in Oxford in a 10 hour period?

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I wish that Cambridge was similarly endowed with caches. :lol: Looks like I might grab two or three at the most next week on a short visit with my son to look at colleges, once I exclude a couple of long multis and the unavailable from the very short list. Perhaps I should encourage my son to apply to Oxford instead of Cambridge. :lol:

 

When your son gets accepted to the great halls of Cambridge,he will then be in an enviable position to hide a few well placed caches to make up for the lack thereof. :lol:

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I wish that Cambridge was similarly endowed with caches. :lol: Looks like I might grab two or three at the most next week on a short visit with my son to look at colleges, once I exclude a couple of long multis and the unavailable from the very short list. Perhaps I should encourage my son to apply to Oxford instead of Cambridge. :lol:

 

When your son gets accepted to the great halls of Cambridge,he will then be in an enviable position to hide a few well placed caches to make up for the lack thereof. :lol:

 

I too was disappointed by the lack of handy caches when I was in Cambridge a little while ago. Oooh, you think your son will place some caches? We DEMAND an underwater one in the Cam. It's only a couple of feet deep!!!

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I wish that Cambridge was similarly endowed with caches. :D Looks like I might grab two or three at the most next week on a short visit with my son to look at colleges, once I exclude a couple of long multis and the unavailable from the very short list. Perhaps I should encourage my son to apply to Oxford instead of Cambridge. :D

 

When your son gets accepted to the great halls of Cambridge,he will then be in an enviable position to hide a few well placed caches to make up for the lack thereof. :D

 

I too was disappointed by the lack of handy caches when I was in Cambridge a little while ago. Oooh, you think your son will place some caches? We DEMAND an underwater one in the Cam. It's only a couple of feet deep!!!

 

Well, IF he does go there next year, I will suggest that idea to him. At the very least I suppose that I could place them on a visit and then get him to maintain them! Could possibly get him to think up some kind of dastardly maths puzzle, seeing as that's his specialist subject....how about that? :D

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