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A virtual cache exploring adventure of Rowter Rocks. Access permitted to explore the Rocks by the Thornhill Settlement. Please be respectful to wildlife and residents.
Rowtor Rocks is a collection of huge blocks of gritstone assembled by nature in one almighty pile. Of interest to both children and adults, Rowtor Rocks is situated behind the Druid's Inn in Birchover. I spent hours here and at Nine Ladies stone circle in my youth, one of my favourite places ,so I was grateful for the opportunity to put a virtual here. There's so many random places to explore; caves to crawl through, armchairs of stone to sit in, secret passage ways to decend etc.
The Rev'd Thomas Eyre of Rowtor Hall is reputed either to have carved the rocks or had them carved on his behalf. In the 19th and early 20th century a paid guide would show members of the public around the rocks. There are lots to explore here including tunnels, rooms carved into the rock and armchairs. At one time there were a number of incredibly heavy rocking-stones that could be rocked by a child but in the late 1700’s one of them was pushed over and although reinstated no longer rocks.
To claim this Virtual, visit and answer these questions. Email or message your answers to me, fairyspan, through geocaching.com
At the given coordinates, go through the cave.
1. How many pillars do you eventually come to?
2. At N53 09. 365 W001 38.931 what structure can you see on the top of the rocks?
3. Climb up to the structure by the rectangular indentation in the top rock what is the name carved into the rock ?
4. How many carved stone steps lead down to the armchairs carved into the rock ?
5. Obviously we would love to see photos of your adventure, though not essential.
Virtual Reward - 2017/2018 This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum