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Mistletoe Bough II Traditional Geocache

This cache has been archived.

DTJM: We have reviewed GZ and it’s not feasible to hide a replacement cache. Time for this one to go [:(]. Thanks to all the cachers who have taken the time to visit this cache.

Hidden : 04/02/2008
2 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

A nice walk through woodland on well defined paths until the final approach to the cache when the terrain becomes rougher. The paths will be muddy after rain and waterproof footwear is recommended.

For a longer walk, we suggest parking on Plough Lane in the hamlet of Hazeley Lea at
N 51 19.780
W 0 55.850

This gives a 0.75 mile walk to the cache. The footpath crosses in front of a gatehouse which has a lovely view down the drive to Bramshill House. A shorter walk can be made from limited parking on the verge in Police College Drive (off the B3011)

There has been gorse & tree clearance at GZ and stumps / rough terrain will now slow down your approach to GZ.

Reference to Bramshill can be traced back to Saxon times. In 1605, Edward Lord Zouche of Harringworth became lord of the manor and built the present house which is one of the finest examples of early Jacobean architecture in England. The house was completed in 1612 and in 1699, it passed to Sir John Cope.

Bramshill House is thought to be the one of the most haunted houses in Hampshire. The Legend of the Mistletoe Bough is thought to refer to a young member of Sir Cope's family on her wedding day.

The story goes that the bride suggested a game of hide and seek and found an old chest and hid inside. Nobody could find her and once it went quiet, she decided to get out of the chest, assuming the others had abandoned the game. The lid wouldn't move and although she shouted and screamed, nobody came. Eventually there was no air left in the chest and she suffocated. Her ghost is said to wander through the house hoping to find someone who can release her.

Since 1953 the house has been a police training college, and it is now impossible for this great house or its grounds to be open to the public. However, the footpath affords lovely views over the parkland to the house (currently shrouded with scaffolding).

There are cattle grazing the common at times so please take note of the signs and keep control of your dogs in this area.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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