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01 Creative

A cache by Gigglesandlouby+1 Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/06/2015
2.5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   other (other)

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Geocache Description:

The first in a series of caches around Whippendell Woods that when completed will allow Scouts to gain part of their geocaching badge.

Giggles and Louby are both scout leaders and so we have named each of the caches after some of the awards they can earn.

Have you started to time yourself? Have a look at 10 Chief Scouts Challenge to see what we are talking about and remember that in each of the cache container will be something to help with the caches later on in the series.

For this cache you will need to be creative not only is it where it is hidden but also how you are going to be stealthy about retrieving it as it is located near a busy footpath and a great big dell.


About Whippendell Woods

Whippendell Wood is situated on the outskirts of Watford, and, although owned and managed by Watford Borough Council.  The wood once formed part of the Cassiobury estate, and it is likely that it was managed to provide timber, firewood and game. The Lime avenue which runs from the south east to north west was planted in 1672, and many of the rides still in use today appear on Drury and Andrews map dated 1766.

The wood was originally declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1954, in conjunction with Harrocks Wood, and was re-notified in 1986 as Whippendell Wood only. Of particular importance is the semi-natural vegetation, the rich variety of fungi in the wood and the invertebrate fauna.

The main species of tree in the wood are Pendunculate oak, beech, silver birch and ash. There are also areas of hazel and hornbeam, holly, hawthorn, wild cherry and spindle. Sycamore invasion (an exotic species) has occurred in several areas; this will be gradually felled to allow regeneration of the natural species. 

Whippendell Wood is famous for its stunning displays of bluebells in the spring: the best time to visit to appreciate the glorious blue carpet is between the last week of April and the first week of May. There are abundant areas of bramble, bracken and Dog’s mercury, and open grassy glades.  Unless it blocks a footpath, dead wood has been left to rot down, providing a perfect habitat for several rare and uncommon species of fungi and invertebrates.

Kind permission has been given by Watford Borough Council to place these caches in Wippendell Wood.


Remember to take a note of the number on the log sheet as this will help with the Chief Scouts Challenge

To get to 02 Adventure walk down the path that goes around the right hand side of the dell.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ybbx nebhaq gur obggbz bs gur ovt fghzc

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)