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SideTracked - St Denys Traditional Geocache

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37251: I shall archive this one. It doesn't meet modern rules of placement at railway stations and has only survived as its position has been 'grandfathered'. I am unable to relocate it because of the proximity of nearby caches. Thanks to all who have found it and have written about their experiences. Apologies to those who have been unable to find it.

Hidden : 07/06/2008
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2 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A cache located at St Denys station, Southampton, Hampshire.

{From Wikipedia}

St Denys railway station is a railway station serving the St. Denys and Portswood suburbs of Southampton in Hampshire, England.

Built in 1865, it is named for the surrounding area, which in turn is named for the Priory of St Denys, a major landmark in medieval Southampton.

The station is at the site of the junction between the London to Weymouth mainline and the West Coastway Line running between Southampton and Portsmouth. It is currently owned and served mainly by South West Trains, with irregular services operated by First Great Western and Southern. There are four platforms; two on the main line and two on the branch line.

The original station was opened in 1866 and named "Portswood", for the small village to the west of the mainline. Shortly after, to accommodate the Portsmouth branch line, a new station building was built a quarter of a mile to the south. However to avoid confusion with Portsmouth, the station was renamed to St Denys in 1876.

The station buildings themselves are fine examples of Victorian architecture. The original station building on platform 1 is listed, although it is now privately owned. Platforms 2 and 3 house the waiting room and ticket window, whilst the old station buildings on platform 4 house The Solent Model Railway Group, a local organisation.


You are looking for a magnetic 'key safe' container, in an area adjacent to one of the platforms at St Denys station. The GPS will take you to a location, but which level do you need to be on? If you have a nice view, you're on the wrong level!

Step-free access is available from Osborne Road South (on street parking) via ramps or you can park your car at Adelaide Road on the east side for a few minutes, but you will need to use the steps on the footbridge to gain access to the station and the cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ybj qbja ba n pbeare hcevtug.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)