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VS#970 West Runton Traditional Cache

Hidden : 01/21/2017
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1 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Found in the centre of the village, this Sign celebrates the West Runton Elephant. It laid buried  unceremoniously for between 600,000 and 700,000 years under thousands of tonnes of rock in a cliff face lashed by wind and sea.  The body remained hidden until the storms of December 1990 .  the first bones were unearthed  and a battle followed to protect and conserve what is said to be the biggest, most preserved elephant skeleton of its kind ever found. 

Evidence of early antiquity in West Runton is scant. However, evidence of Roman habitation was found just south of the village on Beeston Regis Heath in 1859, when a complete set of quern-stones were found dating from Roman times. Quern-stones were used to grind materials, the most important of which was usually grain to make flour for bread-making.

A notable resident of this sleepy village is the infamous Thee of Thieves, a mythical entity that appears in some of the traditional folk tales passed down through generations by the residents. Thee is just one of the many examples of ancient Norfolk charm immortalised in the literature of the county.

The local pub, has a blue plaque on the wall that recalls a concert played at the now-demolished pavilion by the Punk band the Sex Pistols.  In the mid-seventies, there were appearances by bands such as the Rubettes and the Glitter Band. Then, as punk became popular, other bands such as The Damned, the Clash, Joy Division, Iggy Pop and the Jam appeared, as well as new wave of British heavy metal bands such as Saxon, Iron Maiden and Magnum. Veteran performers such as Motörhead, Ian Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne, Slade and many more continued to appear until 1983, when the last gig took place.


You are looking for a camo’d container, similar in size to a film pot.  This is a very busy area, particularly in the summer when the population doubles with holiday makers.  Please take care when retrieving and replacing the container.  You will need to bring your own writing implement.

There is limited parking close to GZ put in addition there is a free carpark on the A149 at the east end of the village. 

Please play the game properly and sign the log. No signey no smiley! Your log may be deleted.

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..


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Abg ng tebhaq yriry.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)