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This cache has been archived.

Bash&Dodge: We agreed a long time ago to archive this series as it is showing signs of age. The rest of the Ring has already gone, so time to call it a day.
Thanks to all those who have done, and hopefully enjoyed the Mandarin and Tufted sections which we set back in 2013. Time for some new ones....

Happy caching!


AR23 Mandarin - Through the Keyhole

A cache by Aylesbury Ring Walkers Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 10/14/2013
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Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This is one of a series of some one hundred and forty caches set along The Aylesbury Ring, a circular footpath that follows a thirty mile route round Aylesbury.

Under development since the early 1980s, more details can be found here. A Bucks CC leaflet with further information and points of interest along the route can be downloaded from here.

For the purpose of these caches, The Ring is divided into seven sections (each named after a species of duck), and each section is designed to be done in a clockwise direction; if you choose to do otherwise, you will be causing yourself much unnecessary back-tracking.

Most of the caches are stand-alone, but within each of the seven sections is a bonus cache for which you will have to collect information from the other caches within that section. This information is in the format A=1. The bonus information is not interchangeable between sections.

In addition there is a Golden Egg Bonus cache. To find this, you will also have to collect information from all sections, although not all caches (and none in the bonus caches). This information is in the format 1=LZ. Refer to the Golden Egg Bonus cache page for what to do once you have all this information.

There is a mixture of cache types and sizes, and a variety of different hides. Some are straightforward, others a little more tricky, but not one is a 35mm film canister under a rock at the bottom of a post - although ivy may feature on occasions!

Once you have found the majority of the series and logged them online, you will qualify to go for the AYLESBURY DUCK GOLDEN EGG BONUS, set somewhere within The Ring.

Now, onto this cache:

Welcome to the Mandarin (Duck) section of the Aylesbury Ring series, running from a point along the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union canal to Wendover with a total of 24 caches.

This is the Twenty Third cache of this section, a puzzle, with the final coordinates somewhere along the Aylesbury Ring walk.

The cache is not at the given coordinates. Solve the following puzzle to discover the final co-ords. Please bring your own pen!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Chmmyr - jub yvirf va n ubhfr yvxr guvf ....ybatrfg (vs n 2 qvtvg ahzore vf vaqvpngrq, qebc gur 1fg qvtvg)
Pnpur - Unatvat va ZGG

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)