If you don’t like micros, multis, mystery caches and museums, then it would be better for you to pick an alternative challenge today.
The coordinates above are for the High Wood Barn Visitor Centre & Café at Itchen Valley Country Park. Opening times vary as per website link. There is plenty of parking – charges do apply all year round. Wellies are advised in Winter.
To get the coordinates of this Itchen Puzzle cache, you will need to visit the following three other caches in South Hampshire:
- Museum Micro #1 (Fareham) – GC10D05
- Wheely Tricky #1 – GC10D12
- Wheely Tricky #2 – GC10D19
Each of these can be logged in their own right, visited in any order, but all will be needed to find Itchen Puzzle.
Once you have all the clues, you can do this cache in under an hour but we’d like to encourage you to stay longer to make full use of the facilities offered at the park. For example, the kids may enjoy the brass rubbing trail or decoding the Olly Owl trail. When you’ve done the cache, don’t forget to check out the adventure play area at N50 56.700 W001 20.621
Now that you’re at Itchen Valley Country Park, you need to find a micro placed at N50 56.WX W001 20.8Z
- the single digit W comes from Museum Micro #1 (Fareham)
- the double digit X comes from Wheely Tricky #1
- the double digit Z comes from Wheely Tricky #2
Start from the High Wood Barn Visitor Centre & Café and follow the Woods & Meadows Walk. You’ll then be on the right path to find a micro which contains the final cache coordinates. There are "kissing" gates which were passable with our single seat three-wheeler off-road buggy, and there is one road to cross which is well signposted.
Once you find the micro, continue following the Woods & Meadows Walk. It is not necessary to go off the paths and into the woods or to climb any fences or other obstacles.
The initial contents of the cache (which is a large brown ammo box with a geocaching sticker on the side) includes some travel games and puzzle books, plus the usual assortment of small swaps.