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Generals Folly (Peak) Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 02/24/2013
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Geocache Description:

As high as you can go on the Rock of Gibraltar!

2.5/3.5 using the Mediterranean Steps route.

2.5/2.5 if approaching from the cable car top station

Named after Governor General Charles O'Hara there was originally a look out tower at the point we now call O'Hara's Battery. The Governor believed if such a tower was built it would enable the Garrison to see Cadiz and any ships heading towards Gibraltar. After it was built and his theory was dashed it became known as O'Hara's Folly.


The battery is the highest point of Gibraltar at 426 metres (1400ft approx). The WWII battery is behind a locked gate which prevents anyone actually getting to the battery. It is the final destination on the trek along the Mediterranean steps before the walk back downhill past St Michael's cave and on to the Ape's Den.

O'Hara's tower itself is long gone, being shot down in a bout of target practise by HMS Wasp in 1888 but there still stands a 9.2” gun guarding the straits although it was never or will ever be fired in anger.

If you decided to enjoy the Mediterranean Steps walk to reach the cache (2km from parking waypoint, 200m climb) then it is at this point you will emerge from the path. On the other hand you may have decided to take the Cable Car up in which case you could enter the Mediterranean steps at this point and walk the trail down the opposite way to Jew's Gate. O’Hara’s Battery is located at the very top of the Nature Reserve. No cars, not even taxi’s are allowed up there so the easiest route is if you take a 20 min walk from the Cable Car Top Station (1.2km 100m climb). The gun itself is closed off to the public but you can get very close.


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