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A quick stop at the top of Dunmail Raise with the old AA box No 487 in the Layby. The cache is no more than 30m from the AA box
The cache is only capable of holding a log sheet, but I have added a micro-Geocoin for onward travel, so please bring a pen/pencil.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CACHE IS NOT LOCATED ANYWHERE NEAR THE STREAM - THIS IS A PRIVATE WATER SUPPLY SOURCE FOR THE NEARBY HOUSE. PLEASE DO NOT GO NEAR THE STREAM. THE CACHE IS NEAR THE WIRE FENCE RUNNING PARALLEL TO THE ROAD.
This a quick cache and go, on the road between Keswick and Grasmere.
The layby has parking for about 8 cars - many empty as the occupants are walking in the hills
The Layby is also home to an old AA box No 487 - see photo, and also a great view of the Lady at the Piano
These characteristic black and yellow buildings were once “the lighthouses of the road.” In times past, motoring enthusiasts relied upon them for directions, breakdown help, and support throughout their travels.
Individually numbered, each AA call box had its own sentry and well-documented location.
At first, these buildings were intended as shelters for road patrols. Over time, they came to be used by AA members. A stranded motorist had nothing more to do than call and give the number of the kiosk, and help was on the way. The easily recognized logo meant that a traveller could find a light, maps, fire extinguisher, and many other items whenever they were needed.
As technology progressed, telephones and other communication devices were added. Ironically, however, it was the further development of technology that eventually caused the AA sentry box to become obsolete. Shortly after the turn of the century, the number of AA call boxes had shrunk from over 1,000 to a mere 21. By 2010, there were even fewer.
Not even one of them had been in use for years. Many were in dire need of repair or relocation.
A complete list as follows----
Box 753 – B974, the Cairn o’ Mount road south of Banchory, Glen Dye.
Box 746 – Looking south towards Grantown-on-Spey. At the junction of the A939 and A940 at Dava.
Box 723 – A708 Cappercleuch St Marys Loch.
Box 714 – A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road at Threapland near Lhanbryde.
Box 573 – Garrowby Hill.
Box 530 – A149 near Brancaster.
Box 504 – Sutherland on the old A9 between Tain and Ardgay.
Box 487 – A591 North of Grasmere, Lakes, Cumbria LA22 9RS.
Box 472 – Cambus O’May, A93, Aberdeenshire AB35 5SE.
Box 456 – A3052 towards the junction with the B3180 road.
Box 442 – A684 south, just over a mile east of the turn to Aysgarth Falls.
Box 372 – A556/A50, Mere.
Box 189 – Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Box 175 – Glasgow’s Museum of Transport.
Box 161 – Junction of A479 with A40.
Box 44 – Amberley Working Museum.
Box 45 – National Phone Museum, Avoncroft.
Box 162 – NPM, Avoncroft.
Box 645 – Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
Box 535 - Beamish North East Open Air Museum
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