Swinley Forest and The Lookout
The SP caches are located in Swinley Forest (formerly Windsor Forest). This Scots Pine woodland is also home to The Lookout Discovery Centre (OS grid ref: SU E87718 N66058). Since September 2012 Car Park Charges have been introduced and you will have to pay to visit the hands on Science Exhibition within the Discovery Centre. It's best to arrive early as the car park gets quite busy. The Discovery Centre has science and nature exhibits, an adventure playground, gift shop, picnic area, coffee shop and tourist information centre. You can buy large-scale maps here. For more information see The Lookout website.
There are many large, well-maintained paths throughout the forest. Some of the terrain is hilly, and some areas get wet and muddy in winter.
You no longer need a permit to cycle in Swinley Forest. Cycling is only permitted in marked areas - there are some purpose-built tracks throughout the forest and some of these are near cache sites so please do take care and be aware. You can also hire mountain bikes at The Lookout, however, I recommend telephoning to check availability and opening times.
What does SP stand for?
SP stands for Star Post. On a map of the forest you can see Upper Star Post and Lower Star Post, where many paths intersect.
The SP3 cache
This cache is best approached from the west. It is possible to approach from the east, but the path indicated on the OS map is not that well defined and can get quite boggy towards the east end.
You may at times see impressive ant hills in the area. The OS grid ref. of the cache is SU E88538 N64624.
Note: 08/03/2014 Maintenance visit - Large Ammo can - all ok
Note: 12/04/2015 Maintenance visit - All fine...