The 9th oldest in Europe, 3rd oldest cache in the UK & the 2nd oldest in England!
An Historic Geocache - Classed as 'Ancient' (2001)
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It may take some trekking through mud and goop (again lots of horseback riders here), but we think it's worth it. Hopefully you'll see some nice trees but flat terrain - The park is well used by walkers and is mature open woodland. The signal is reasonable at most times.
There are some beautiful trees in this area - Beech and oak - The cache [was] stashed under the stump of one of these felled trees (you should probably decrypt the message below). This is the second [third!] cache here as the first vanished! It's [was] now a small cup shaped container with a blue lid. Here is the original description for nostalgia's sake! - 'You will have to search for the container which is a small red screw together plastic tube . It is sealed at the joint in the middle with Duct tape so try to re use it when you visit.' Here is a pic of me and Pid finding the original in '02...
The container [was] under the prominant tree roots, but hidden from casual passers by. Try not to draw attention to yourselves when visiting the site as I said the park is very popular with walkers, especially at the weekend.
A little more nostalgia - 'Inside, we put some items for both kids and adults. Don't forget to sign the log book which is a bit primative at the moment!'
May 2017 update:
This cache has a special claim to fame: It has the earliest log on a live cache in the UK. onyx found this one on Saturday February 3rd 2001; their first find. See GC5XXWX - Britain's Oldest Log for further stats 'n' facts. It's close by too...
May 2015 update:
THE GEOLYMPIX RETURNS! GC5XXYY - Sunday July 31st 2016 - Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, Herts, UK
I discovered at this month's First GPSMaze in Germany (2nd in Europe, after Prague in 2013) that this cache is one of the 10 oldest in Europe!
1 GC43 - Europe's First - Ireland (archived, dearchived, rehidden!)
2 GC40 - Geocache - Belgium.
3 GC4D - Mash Stash - Sweden.
4 GC6A - Kippers in the Jungle (Denmark's First)
5 GC72 - Sun Gear - Finland.
6 GCF0 - Scotland's First. (UK's oldest, only surviving Millenium cache from 2000)
7 GC103 - High Tension in the Bog - Denmark.
8 GC171 - View From Coombe Hill (near-by! England's oldest cache.)
9 GC177 - Tim & Jon's 1st Re-Stashed - HERE!
10 GC198 Amsterdam Urban 1- Netherlands.