Skip to Content

This cache has been archived.

Long Man: As the owner has not responded to my previous log requesting that they check this cache, I'm archiving it.

Long Man
Volunteer UK Reviewer - Guidelines Help Centre
UK Geocaching Information


Arbrook Common

A cache by Waspbuster and Kendrive Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 7/18/2010
3 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

Join now to view geocache location details. It's free!


How Geocaching Works

Please note Use of services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer.

Geocache Description:

Another cache by Waspbuster and Kendrive and a lot of help from Darcy. The initial cache is an urban micro. This is our seventh placing.

The River Rythe

The River Rythe rises in the vicinity of Prince's Coverts woodland near Oxshott and runs under the A3 road into Arbrook Common. It is joined by another stream and runs through Claygate and Littleworth Common to the Scilly Isles roundabout at Esher. The river then follows the Portsmouth Road towards Thames Ditton, and runs into the River Thames near Ferry Road, forming the boundary between Kingston and Thames Ditton.

Arbrook Common

In 1922 the Claremont Estate was broken up and Esher UDC acquired the manors of Esher and Milbourn (Waterville), which brought Arbrook and Esher Commons into public ownership. Arbrook Common was registered under the 1965 Commons Act but no individual commoners rights were confirmed.

Just 50 years ago the common was mostly open grassland; near Arbrook Lane there were benches set out and much picnicking. Since then it has reverted entirely to woodland. There are young oaks and some hazel on the farmland perimeters, with hawthorn and elm - probably from old hedges. The central area which was last to be kept open (partially by fire in 1959) now has a dense cover of species which are often first to colonise abandoned land; birch, willow and aspen. There is also some rowan, wild cherry and pine; holly and yew have moved in from garden hedges, and the alders along the stream now compete with vigorous undergrowth.

During the winters of 1993-4 and 1994-5, Elmbridge Borough Council began a programme of traditional woodland management by coppicing with standards (cutting sections of underwood on a 15-year cycle, leaving a scatter of timber trees, usually oak, to mature) which will benefit wildlife and ground flora.

Arbrook was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1955.

Take in the sites of this beautiful common

The walk from the initial cache across the common is about ¾ a mile, it is flat and quite easy going along footpaths.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vavgvny pnpur : Zntargvp heona zvpeb

Svany pnpur : Whfg unatvat nebhaq. Tbbq angheny pnzbhsyntr, fyvqr ohg qba'g erzbir.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



71 Logged Visits

Found it 46     Didn't find it 10     Write note 8     Archive 1     Temporarily Disable Listing 1     Publish Listing 1     Needs Maintenance 1     Owner Maintenance 3     

View Logbook | View the Image Gallery

**Warning! Spoilers may be included in the descriptions or links.

Current Time:
Last Updated:
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

Return to the Top of the Page

Reviewer notes

Use this space to describe your geocache location, container, and how it's hidden to your reviewer. If you've made changes, tell the reviewer what changes you made. The more they know, the easier it is for them to publish your geocache. This note will not be visible to the public when your geocache is published.