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The 239 Steps (2)

A cache by a2bee Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 05/04/2009
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

'The 239 Steps' - not a sequel to the 1935 Hitchcock thriller but the route to this cache, a small shale cove between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin.

We are thrilled that, despite being beaten by the tide, amberel has awarded 'The 239 Steps' with a 'Top Cache' geocoin. A full list of Top Caches can be found at


Although placed by smallest bee, Helena (11), steep access and nearby cliffs make this cache most suited to the 15 to 50 age group – younger hunters will need close supervision whilst older hunters may need air/sea rescue!

Also note, for a few hours around high water the cache location becomes an island. The island is so small there is little chance of getting cut off but, if you don’t want to wait for the tide to go out, it’s a good idea to check the tide times before your visit. Tide times for Ilfracombe can be found using the 'Related Web Page' link at the top of this page (under the 'Cache Size').

Parking is available along the old coast road at N 51° 12.420 W 004° 03.160. From this location your GPS provides a fair indication of the route to be taken but do stick to the well used footpaths. At the start of your steep decent a stepped bridge will confirm that you are on the right path. Follow the stepped path down to the beach from where the hiding place will become obvious. Take care on the final ascent as it can be slippery, especially when wet (shortest route is not necessarily the easiest).

The cache, a green micro canister, is secured with cord and is only really big enough for log and pencil.
Please rehide with care.

On the way home, remember to count the steps... We may have got it wrong!....

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Vs lbh'er fgehttyvat, ybbx sbe 'Vg'f urer!' va vzntrf.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)