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Castle Combe (Wilts)

A cache by The Wombles Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 11/11/2001
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is located a short climb up from Castle Combe village. It involves a walk of around 1/2 mile, down and up hill, from the official car park. Muddy after wet weather. The cache is NOT IN THE WALL. This is one of the oldest caches in the UK.


Castle Combe has been voted the prettiest village in England on several occasions, most recently by "Beautiful Britain" magazine in the USA. It has been used as a filmset repeatedly since Doctor Dolittle (1966), more recently Harry Potter and "War Horse" (filmed in 2010, check out some entertaining logs during September 2010). It is located at the southern end of the Cotswolds which is reflected in the Cotswold stone buildings. Castle Combe was probably named for the 12th Century Castle which used to stand about 500m north of the cache. Unfortunately there is little to see of the castle apart from a few earthworks.

The 14th-century market cross, erected when the privilege to hold a weekly market in Castle Combe was granted, stands where the three principal streets of the lower village converge. Next to the cross is one of Castle Combe's two village pumps. Small stone steps near the cross were for horse riders to mount and dismount, and close by are the remains of the buttercross, built in the late 19th century from old masonry. As a Wiltshire market town, Castle Combe prospered during the 15th century, when it belonged to Millicent, the wife of Sir Stephen Le Scrope and then of Sir John Fastolf (1380–1459), a Norfolk knight who was the effective lord of the manor for fifty years. He promoted the woollen industry, supplying his own troops and others for Henry V's war in France. The parish was in the ancient hundred of Chippenham.

Castle Combe gets very busy in the Summer but is just as nice on any dry day (crisp mid-Winter is my personal favourite) and you can get warm again in the Dolittle bar of the "Castle Inn". If you want more than a bar snack then try the "White Hart Inn" at Ford village, just a few miles away. This has been voted best pub restaurant several times and the range of beer is excellent if someone else is driving (Chippenham station is just a few miles away, one hour from Paddington).

Castle Combe is also well known for its Motor racing circuit which is a mile towards Chippenham. You can watch races from F3 to Historic, go Go-Karting, Skid car training, or even visit Steam rallies or Craft Fairs. More information is available at this web site.

There is a good (free) car park signposted at the top of the hill. You may be able to park on the road into the village out of season (some of the hill has a parking prohibition shown by double yellow lines which is often enforced with parking tickets).

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If you are accessing this cache from the village then walk under the arch with the unfriendly "Private" and in smaller letters "public footpath". You can't access the cache from inside the grounds of Castle Combe Manor Hotel (although you will get frustratingly close)! You are looking for an Ammo box near the view across rooftops to the church. Just in case you are worried about the state of the wall next to the path here, it was in this state when the cache was placed in 2001!

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