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VS #857 - Kentisbeare Letterbox Hybrid

Hidden : 10/24/2016
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Geocache Description:



A letterbox hybrid cache celebrating the village sign in Kentisbeare Square. 



I have been very kind to you lot with this one - you have a choice of how you find the cache.


The 'Multi-Hybrid' option:

If you prefer multi caches or if you want to see the village sign in the flesh, then this is probably the one you'll pick.

From the headline coordinates:

  1. At a bearing of 150º is the Parish notice board. The phone number on the manufacturers plate is 01280 A010B3
  2. At a bearing of 105º is a red sign on a house. The number of times the letter O appears on it is C and the number of times the letter V appears on it is D
  3. At a bearing of 260º is a telegraph pole/lamp post. There is a yellow strip on it with numbers, these are 5E5H/17
  4. At a bearing of 80º, there are F circular 'barrel' flower planters outside the post office doors.
  5. At a bearing of 0º is another telegraph pole/lamp post. At about the height of the house it is situated next to there is a number written in black. This is G.


The 'Mystery-Hybrid' option:

If puzzle caches are your thing, then you will probably pick this one!

Use either this link to Streetmap (Make sure it is zoomed in to 1:25000) or your own OS 1:25000 map, and answer the questions below. You may find this helpful.

  1. How many words are there in the grid square that Kentisbeare village is in? This does not include heights and words that are not fully in the square, but it does include abbreviated symbols like PO. Answer = A
  2. What is the spot height in the centre of the village? Answer = BC
  3. Not a question, just an interesting feature. If you travel south a bit you will find Kentisbeare House. In the grounds are two lakes, which on the map I think look similar to the UK. What do you think?
  4. Further south you will find Kentis Moor. What type of trees are there? Number of letters = DE
  5. How many fishery symbols can you see within about a mile of Kentisbeare? Answer = F
  6. To the East of Kentisbeare, you will find a farm that shares its name with a European Country. What is the height shown just below it? Answer = GH7


Whichever method you use, the cache is at N50 5(F-G).AE(B-C) W003 1(A+F).(C+D)(F-D-G)H

Please make sure you rehide it properly and make sure the lid is secure before replacing. Obviously, because it is a hybrid, in the cache there is a stamp. DO NOT REMOVE IT!




Kentisbeare is a small village situated about 2.5 miles from Cullompton and the M5. The River Ken flows through the village, and in the winter we often get bad flooding as a result of this. In the village square there is the pub, church, shop and post office, and just down the hill is the school. There is a Woodland Trust property to the west of the village, which is where all the villagers seem to go (they all seem to go at once as well) to exercise their dogs. 

Here is some information about the church, from our new parish website:

First Consecrated in 1259 it is Grade 1* listed. The chequer board stonework in the tower is unique in Devon and the 15th century  Rood Screen is thought by many writers to be the finest in Devon. Untouched by the restorer's hand, the paintwork and gold leaf are now 600 years old. There is a peel of 6 bells in the tower which are rung regularly before services and at weddings and funerals. Their sound and quality of ringing attract may visiting teams of ringers. 


In the 17th century the manor of Kentisbeare was owned by Sir John Wyndham (1558–1645) of Orchard Wyndham, Somerset.  This is where the village pub's name originates from.

There are about 900 people living in Kentisbeare (one of which is me!).


If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.

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