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REALLY SideTracked - Hayling Island branch line Multi-Cache

This cache has been archived.

mellers: I visited GZ today, hoping to clear the rubbish mentioned by the previous finders in a sort of mini-solo-CITO. Unfortunately, it's rather more like a small incidence of fly-tipping rather than littering... (ladders, electrical equipment, etc) and the individual items are larger than I can manage by myself.

This might be an excellent opportunity to organise an actual CITO - but as we all know that's not possible right now so I have two choices. Leave the cache in situ and risk bringing people to a place they won't enjoy... or archive it.

I'd far rather get positive logs from happy cachers who'd had an enjoyable experience than to read of disappointment and concern so unfortunately, this one has to go. The container has been removed. Many thanks to all who visited, when it was a nice place to come to! Hopefully, it will be again eventually [:)].

Hidden : 03/01/2017
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This simple multicache belongs to the SideTracked series and can be found by answering the questions below. More information can be found at the SideTracked Website

Please do not park in School Lane in order to attempt this cache. Also, I would recommend that you avoid school run times. Once the local muggle kids discover where this cache is, it won't stand a chance!

Hayling Island branch line

Known as the Hayling Billy, the branch line here was a railway that connected Havant with Hayling Island for nearly a century. There were also two intermediate stations at Langston (sic) and North Hayling. The goods line opened on 19 January 1865 and passengers followed suit on 16 July 1867. The line itself was busy during the summer months as people from the South Coast would travel down to the popular beach on Hayling Island; the coaches would often be overflowing during the summer but would be virtually empty during the winter. The service was taken over by the Southern Railway in 1923 and by British Railways in 1948. Over the winter of 1962 it was decided to close the line. The timber swing bridge which crossed Langstone Harbour needed to be replaced and despite the fact that the line was operating at a small profit at the time, British Railways took the view that the work would be too expensive. In spite of widespread protests, the final train ran on the evening of 2 November 1963. Nowadays, the area where the tracks once stood is a local nature reserve and combined footpath, bridleway and cycleway.

The cache...

Go to the rectangular blue and white sign which faces southeast at the published co-ordinates. In order to read it, you have to be facing northwest.

  • How many times is Route 2 identified with a red rectangle? = A
  • B = C-A
  • How many letters in the word ending in the letter 'S' = C
  • How many letters in the word ending in the letter 'L'? = D
  • How many words begin with the letter 'P'? = E
  • How many bicycles are pictured on the sign? = F

The cache can be found at N 50° 51.ABC W 000° 58.DEF

For extra help, there is a spoiler photo on this geochecker.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Orgjrra vil ivar naq gehax bs vil-pbirerq gerr, nobhg 8 vapurf hc. Sbe rkgen uryc, frr fcbvyre cubgb ba purpxre. [Double-potted micro (the inside pot goes back in upside down, or it won't fit properly).]

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)