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Part of my National Coastwatch Institution theme at various lookouts across the South West. This cache takes in magnificent views across St Ives Head.
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations closed due to Government cutbacks. NCI is a registered charity and controlled by a board of Trustees with a Constitution agreed by the Charities Commission.
In 1994 when two fishermen lost their lives off the Cornish coast below a recently closed Coastguard lookout, local people decided to open and restore the visual watch. When the first station was opened at Bass Point on the Lizard, NCI was born. During the next ten years other stations followed and at the start of 2006 there were thirty operational stations keeping visual watch around the coastline of England and Wales.
NCI stations have been set up along the coast from Lands End in the South West to Hartlepool in the North East. Each station has a qualified and highly trained team to watch over its own particular area whether it is a popular seaside town, busy port or shipping area. Accidents will always happen at sea and along the coastline, wherever there is an NCI station a watchkeeper will be looking out for danger and ensuring your safety on the water.
High technology and sophisticated systems such as radar and telecommunications have vastly improved safety at sea, but there is no substitute for a watchful pair of eyes. Accidents do happen and a computer or technology cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat, a yacht with problems, a water sports enthusiast in difficulty, or children or adults in trouble, or possible pollution incidents. That is why the lookouts and watchkeepers are an important service provider to all those who use our coastal waters, footpaths and coastline.
AS ALWAYS with caches close to the coastline, take great care and keep dogs and children on leads.
Parking can be found at Porthgwidden car park which is chargeable in summer months. Nice walk from beaches in St Ives.
The cache can be found about 30 feet off flat cut grass or footpath. The terrain is very uneven with pot holes in places so please take care and wear sensible shoes. As you can see from the spoiler me and the kids set it okay!
Between the NCI lookout and the ancient chapel of St Nicholas seaside in the rough. Or go via the coastpath and up from the lifebelt
Good spot for muggles but you would fit in sitting on the rock admiring the views while retrieving the cache!
It is hidden under the edge/corner of a large rock.
Spoiler may assist as a couple of likely rocks it could be
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