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Brunel's Folly Traditional Geocache

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Fjon: Given the below log, I have no choice but to let this one go.

I have really enjoyed reading about people's visits to this special location over the last 12 years. Over 1200 logs from all over the world, and many favourite points, putting it in the top 10 favourite caches in Ireland. Out of all the caches I have put out, this one was my favourite, and I always looked forward to the logs on this as they tended to be much more descriptive than usual cache logs.
Farewell Brunel!

Hidden : 03/31/2012
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Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Completed in 1856, the train route from Bray to Greystones, around Bray Head, running on the edge of a cliff, is one of the most spectacular journeys by rail in Ireland today and has been described as one of the most dramatic train journeys in the world. The Earl of Meath, whose Kilruddery estate is nearby, gave the route around the Head to the railway company free of charge. All the owners of the line, to the present day Irish Rail, have been regretting the decision ever since. The line, which has four tunnels on it, has had to be realigned six times since opening, four deviations and two minor realignments due to rock falls.

The 1856 route was designed by world famous 19th Century Civil Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and to this day the line is known as Brunel's Folly on account of the high cost of maintenance.

Brunel was a character. Sporting a high beaver hat stuffed with notes scribbled to himself, and always carrying a leather pocket case containing up to 50 cigars, his projects were larger than life, brilliant and radical. His London to Bristol railway line with 2 mile tunnel had MPs rising in the House of Lords with cries of impending doom - the tunnel still stands today!

Brunel designed important projects in England, Ireland, Wales, India and Europe but the line around Bray Head was one of his most ambitious plans. He died in 1859, less than 3 years after the Bray line opened.


The Cache
You can access the cache from the Bray to Greystones cliffwalk. Around the given co-ordinates where the wall ends and the metal rail starts you will see a rough path down If you follow this track you should eventually reach the ground the railway track used to be on. Just follow your arrow to the cache then.
I recommend doing this cache in conjunction with The Wanderer, which is located nearby

This is a high terrain cache and not recommended for young children. I have rated the terrain based on the the conditions in winter where the descent could be wet or icy. In summer when the ground is dry you can knock a star or more off the terrain though. However, if you don't feel comfortable when you get to the start of the descent don't do it. It's only a cache!




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