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Thomas at Elsbridge

A cache by EdRicardo Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 05/12/2007
1.5 out of 5
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Near the woods south of the village of Elsworth by the side of the public footpath. Standard walking terrain.

This cache is dedicated to the Thomas The Tank Engine books, as Elsworth was the place where many of the earlier ones were written. The author was Reverend Wilbert Awdry, (visit link) Rector of Elsworth and Knapwell 1946-1953, who had told the stories to amuse his son Christopher when he was ill.

The name of one of the stations in the books is Elsbridge, a name related to Elsworth, which never had a railway line. In the books Elsbridge (visit link) is near Knapford (visit link) much as Elsworth is near Knapwell (visit link)

The local clay can bring even good boots to a halt, when the weather is wet this is a muddy walk, when dry it can occasionally still be remarkably muddy. Dry day (visit link) Wet day (visit link) As with most walks in this part of the world vicious aggressive stinging nettles can also be expected from April to October (visit link) Leaves from the dock plant are known for their ability to relieve the pain from the stings of nettles (visit link) And bear in mind it is easy to fall into a drainage ditch when it is covered with undergrowth...

This is a 1 litre lock & lock container. Original contents: 6 Thomas The Tank Engine disks CD stickers log book 2 pencils and 1 pen.

1. Holy Trinity Church of Reverend Awdry where you park your car (visit link) (visit link) (visit link)

2. View from small car park (visit link) (visit link)

3. Stop by the Elsworth Post Office which closed in April 2009 and chat with anyone around about what can be done (visit link) (visit link)

4. Old school was derelict, restoration now started (visit link) (visit link) which you walk past on Brook Street (visit link) (visit link)

5. Low Farm (1595) as you leave the village (visit link)

6. Map (visit link)

7. Local photographs to show you typical scenery. (visit link)

8. Elsworth Wood (visit link) (visit link)

9. Pub, The Poacher, should you need it, but it is not on your geocaching route (visit link) N 52° 25.318 W 000° 07.310 (visit link) From time to time the Poacher closes for a while but there is another pub, The George & Dragon. (visit link)

10. Bus (visit link) rocket (visit link) or motorbike? (visit link) (visit link) All nearby.

11. Reading by the fireside (visit link) (visit link) (visit link) (visit link)

12. Did you notice the badger holes and badger paths? (visit link) (visit link) Also, as Andrewausfa has pointed out, you can notice evidence of mediaeval ridge and furrow farming in the first field especially. (visit link) (visit link)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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