Millennium Boulder Trail. Boulder II - Oulton
In West Midlands, United Kingdom
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The cache is a regular 4 clip click lock box in a camo bag. This cache is one of a series of caches around the village of Norbury.
Each cache can be discovered as a drive by as they are all near to roads, or they can be done as part of the Millennium Boulder Trail walk which is about 7 miles. None of the caches is very far from each boulder. The Boulder Trail is a pleasant walk over fields, tracks, some lanes and a canal towpath.
The Millennium Boulder Trail was started by the Norbury Local History Group to celebrate the year AD 2000.
In Norbury and the surrounding areas, glacial boulders can be found. Some of these boulders have been rescued, and been re-sited.
Five of these have been erected, one in each of the five settlements that make up the Parish of Norbury. Each boulder is inscribed with its number and the letters MM, and carries a bronze plaque.
If you decide on the walk, parking is available at the Norbury Village Hall.
The full list of caches in the series is:
1) Millennium Boulder Trail Boulder I – Norbury, OS 783235
2) Millennium Boulder Trail Boulder II – Oulton, OS 786224
3) Millennium Boulder Trail Boulder III – Norbury Junction, OS 794228
4) Millennium Boulder Trail Boulder IV – Loynton , OS 780243 and
5) Millennium Boulder Trail Boulder V Weston Jones. OS 761240
Boulder II is near to Parton’s Bridge in the village of Oulton. Parton’s Bridge (named after William Parton – local landowner at the time) passed over the cutting of the Shrewsbury branch of the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction canal, later named the Shropshire Union Canal. From the bridge can be still seen the remains of a lock that was on the canal. The canal closed in 1944.
The boulder came from a field less than half a mile away. It was discovered when a ploughshare broke against it in 1961, it was eventually dragged to a field near Oulton Lane and then on to its present location.
Local planning is considering an inclined plane in the restoration of this canal for leisure purposes, as the original locks are too narrow for modern boats.
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Last Updated: on 3/8/2015 8:59:29 AM Pacific Daylight Time (3:59 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum