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Most of this cache is accessible by pushchairs and wheelchairs, it is fairly level and paths can be seen in the grass. The final few yards are quite steep but the cache site can be viewed from the path above while partner searches. Please tell me if this is being a bit optimistic. There is a vertical drop which is protected by a fence, care should be taken with little ones at the cache site and its approach. If raining the grass is wet but not muddy.
The TOOTS, also known as the Tuts or the tump, is a long barrow situated on Selsley common near Stroud and is so placed that some fantastic views can be seen stretching from the Severn bridges, Brecon Beacons and on up to the Malverns.
Selsley common is a favourite spot for kite flyers, walkers and dogs so I have placed the cache in a quieter spot to help guard against muggles. Please replace very carefully so it is not discovered.
The following description of the barrow is based on an article written by Chris Witcombe:
The Toots on Selsley Common is one of the largest long barrows in Gloucestershire measuring 210 feet long, 90 feet wide, and 11 feet high. About 2 miles from Stroud, the Toots is located high up on Selsley Common on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Vale of Gloucester and the Severn Estuary. It should be observed, though, that despite expectations, the Toots, and other barrows similarly located, is not set upon the highest part of the Common. In fact, when approaching from the east, the barrow cannot be seen until one crests the top of the hill. On this point, William Stukeley noticed with regard to the barrows upon Hakpen Hill near Avebury that it "and others are set with great art not upon the very highest part of the hills but upon so much of the declivity or edge as they make an appearance as above to those in the valley" (from Stukeley's miscellaneous Avebury notes). This placing of barrows upon 'false crests' is common in many parts of Britain, but has only been noticed again in recent years. The archaeologist Cyril Fox writing in the 1940s argued that "barrows sited on false crest lines were intended to be seen from some point below them" and adds that "the position of a barrow thus gives an indication of the direction in which the homes of its builders should be sought." The Toots is clearly visible from the valley as a "bump" on the skyline. Other barrows, such as the nearby Nympsfield Barrow and Hetty Pegler's Tump, are placed similarly within the landscape. Although the view from both the latter barrows, and the view of them from the valley, is today obscured by trees, the original effect must have been the same as The Toots. Besides indicating, as Fox suggests, where the homes of their builders might be located, it is probable that these barrows were most likely also in line-of-sight with other sites in and across the valley, and with each other. Very probably (trees now prevent a demonstration of this), the Nympsfield Barrow and Hetty Pegler's Tump were visible from the Toots. The Toots is in line-of-sight with Whitefield's Tump on Minchinhampton Common, which in turn would link with the long stone nearer towards Avening.
The published coords are for the best parking place and during warmer weather there is often an ice cream van parked up for your delight.
TO FIND THE CACHE go to N 51' 43.594 W 002' 15.058 and find the Topograph next to the Toots. There's a place to park your bum while you work it all out and enjoy the view at N 51' 43.579 W 002' 15.128
Time to do some work :-)
MILES TO MINCHINHAMPTON, ADD BOTH DIGITS = A
MILES TO WAUN FACH? FIRST DIGIT = BOTH B AND C
MILES TO RANDWICK, THE WHOLE NUMBER OR THE FRACTION = D
MILES TO NYMPSFIELD WIND POWER GENERATOR, 2ND - 1ST = E
MILES TO EBLEY, = F
MILES TO MAYHILL, 1ST + 2ND = G
MILES TO STROUD, = H
HEIGHT OF CLEE HILL, 2ND – 3RD – 1ST – 4TH = I
HEIGHT OF TOPOGRAPH IN M, ADD ALL DIGITS TOGETHER = J
CACHE AT N 51' ABCDE W 002' FGHIJ
Signal the frog plush toy is there as a ftf prize.
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Vg vf nobir lbh.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:33:39 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:33 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum