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Up and Down Again (Hants)

A cache by Paul & Michael - akaTeam Blitz Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 7/19/2002
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3 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:

This is a challenging 5-cache multicache, which will take you (and the dog?) on a walk up to an Iron Age fort.... and then back down again! In total it's about 2km. The whole cache should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

You will probably need to take pencil & paper to take a few notes to help find the caches.

[From NT website]

Stockbridge Down, Hampshire

* 65ha (160 acres) 12 miles east of Salisbury [185:SE379349]

This ancient chalk downland has a long history of common grazing rights which are still maintained by the Trust, Lord of the Manor since 1946.

Distinctive plants of the chalk grassland include cowslip, thyme, harebell, horseshoe vetch, greater knapweed, yarrow and violet. There are many downland butterfly species including chalkhill blue, and some scarce moths. The scrub of hawthorn, blackthorn, dogwood, privet and juniper provides valuable nesting sites for birds such as blackcap, yellowhammer, nightingale and garden and willow warblers.

Of historical interest are some Bronze Age barrows and the very important Iron Age camp of Woolbury Ring at the north-east corner of the property.


The location given is for the car park... further details follow.....

There is a (rather overgrown now...) useful information board at the car park: you might like to spend a few moments taking a look at it before you go off, so you can learn a bit about the site. You may even feel that a few notes might come in handy later on!

According to notices on the site, thieves operate here, so please make sure you lock your car securely.

Ok, off you go! First stop is at N51 06.706 / W 01 27.895, where you need to take some more notes.

Next go to N51 06.770 / W 01 27.833 where you will find the first cache in the series, in an *interesting* container.... and your first question / clue.

One down, 4 to go!!!!

Your journey will take you up to the Woolbury Ring Iron Age fort and back again, and along the way you will find 5 caches: 2 are plastic lunch-boxes (small or medium sized), one is a microcache, one is a "slightly larger than micro" plastic container, and the final is a green ammo box (there's a flash camera in the ammo box: please take a picture & leave a note). All are fairly well hidden, but in places that should be obvious to a good cacher!

(on the way to the 4th cache, you might like to take a diversion onto the path along the top of the ramparts, where there is a lovely view over Woolbury Ring itself)

If you are taking children or dogs with you, please note that the road by the car park can be quite busy, with cars passing at high speed, but once through the gate it's safe.

We think this cache will be a pleasant challenge for you, but we hope you'll enjoy the physical & mental effort!

Stockbridge Down, about 5 miles from Winchester, and just outside the old Hampshire village of Stockbridge, has been in use since the Stone Age, with noticible use during both the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. The enclosure (along with the trig point and a WW2 / post-WW2 observation post) is on private farm land, but you can safely follow paths on National Trust land to the top of the ramparts, where you can see these, as well as the beautiful views.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Cache #1] vf n fznyy pyrne erpgnathyne cynfgvp obk, uvqqra va gur onfr bs n fznyy ybt, nobhg 10 sg sebz frireny bgure ynetre ybtf
[Cache #2] vf n oynpx 35zz svyz pnavfgre, naq vf ng gur onfr bs n gerr pybfr gb gur fznyy zhygv-gehax gerr.....
[Cache #3] vf n fznyy ebhaq yhapuobk, 1 zrger sebz n ebggvat ybt haqre n snyyra sbexrq gerr, yrnq gb ol n fyvtug cngu.....
[Cache #4] vf n uvqqra va gur ybjre cneg bs n uhtr gerr gehax.... (Vs lbh pna'g svaq gur cubar ahzore, gur qvtvg lbh arrq vf n sbhe!)
[Cache #5] vf n terra nzzb obk, haqre gur oenapurf bs n snyyra gerr, nobhg 100z sebz gur pne cnex!

Decryption Key


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  • Information BoardWhen you get to the car park, take a look at this information board... it shows the layout of the site, a load of background on the site, plus a load of info on which insects you might see.

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