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The Hollybank Cache

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Hidden : 10/15/2009
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

A short walk of around 0.25 miles each way.

UPDATE 3rd August 2012
The original cache hide was muggled and is no longer usable.
A nearby alternative hide is now in use so please ensure that you use a current version of the location formula.

Hollybank Woods, are documented from Roman times, established as a wood pasture (combining trees with pasture for grazing animals) in Saxon times and a Royal Forest in Norman times. The woods date back to the original wildwoods of Britain (between 7000BC and 4000BC) making them of extreme international importance and essential for wildlife species specific to such habitats.

They are the largest unspoilt natural area within Emsworth covering about 61 hectares of mainly deciduous broadleaved woodland. This important area of natural open space has nature conservation, recreational and amenity value. Walking up the well-trodden and maintained track you enter a diverse and beautiful place supporting a rich tapestry of wildlife.

This lovely woodland has a mixture of areas of high forest and coppice, consisting of mature Sweet Chestnut, elegant Silver Birches, stately Oaks, magnificent Beeches, mature Hollies of impressive proportions with coppiced Hazel and Sweet Chestnut. The large Oaks, some of which are estimated to be 400-500 years old, grow throughout the woodland and were originally planted close to Yew to encourage tall, straight trunks for shipbuilding. This was a method of managing the high forest for timber.

These woods are also home to some of the oldest woodland Yew trees in Hampshire, estimated to be more than a 1,000 years old - true veteran trees. So when you stand under one of the older Yew trees in Hollybank Woods, take a moment to remember that, in 1028, when England's first Norman king William I was born, and long before he became known as William the Conqueror, some of the Yew trees here in Hollybank Woods would have had wild boar roaming past them.

Depending on where you walk, the woods change from an open young Birch wood with Gorse bushes, Foxgloves, yellow Pimpernels and grassy areas of Crosswort, Selfheal, Violets and Bugle to a wetter wood of Willow and Alder trees. The woods also support many species of Bats, 3 species of Orchid, and native bluebells which are becoming increasingly rare. It is a local site for nesting Buzzards and over 170 species of Moths including several rare species.

More details are available at (visit link) and a great deal of interesting information can be found there.

Start your walk at N 50 52.235 W 000 56.687 where you need to note down the following information:-
Number of snakes names on board = A
Number of butterflies names on board = B

Now enjoy a short walk to N 50 52.146 W 000 56.637 where you need to find a marker in the form of CDHWEF where C, D, E, and F are numbers.

You now have all of the information that you need to find the cache, which is located at N 50 52.C(A plus B plus D)(A plus D) W 000 56.(B plus D)A(F plus B)

The cache container is a green ammo box.

During 2011, this cache was visited by Amberel who rated it as one of his top scoring caches. As such, it qualified for one of his hand made custom geocoins.

See TB3R8YK Rod's TOP CACHE geocoin - The Hollybank Cache for further details

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[For the start location] Ab pyhr
[For the next waypoint] Ybbx hc
[For the cache] Fghzc

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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