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Nansen Hill

A cache by Isle of Wight Geocaching Project Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 07/08/2008
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Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Nansen Hill is at the eastern end of the Ventnor Downs, between Bonchurch and Luccombe. It is on the west side of the A3055 Shanklin to Ventnor road. Footpaths V109 and V123 cross the site and link it to the adjoining Bonchurch Down. There is a car park opposite the entrance gate on the Ventnor to Shanklin road at grid reference SZ 581 789. The number 3 bus stops at Nansen Hill/Bonchurch Landslip.

The cache can be accessed from the road below, or from Ventnor Down above. Either way it's a fair climb although it is not far as the crow flies.

Nansen Hill as a place for recreation goes back to 31st December 1932. Mr John Howard Whitehouse, the Warden of Bembridge School, conveyed the central part of the hill to four distinguished men – the Prime Minister of Britain (Ramsey McDonald), the Prime Minister of Norway, the Rector of Oslo University and a Mr Rock from London.

A trust was established enabling the land (held by these persons as trustees) to be used for “the result of recreation of adults, children and in particular the youth of England and Norway” in memory of Dr Fridtjof Nansen who had promoted “peace and friendship” between the nations.”

Truly wonderful views when you've found this one - and you'll need to sit down to enjoy them, as it's quite a deceptive climb.

Most of the route is clear but the last bit is definitely not - if you wear shorts you are likely to get stung! You will need to clamber down a bank and go through some prickles and nettles, and this cache will get more overgrown as time goes on as it was placed soon after the area was cut back. One visitor has noted some abandoned barbed wire nearby (we couldn't find it when we revisited the site) so watch out for that. We recommend approaching the last bit of the GZ from the downhill side, but the more intrepid might enjoy the challenge of going down from the upper slope.

Part of the Isle of Wight Geocaching Project 2008 from the Isle of Wight Council.
Check our website for a picture of the cache container and a list of all of our caches. Can you find them all?

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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