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Your GPS receiver will “zig-zag” all over the place as you make your way to this cache in the delightful Hampshire village of Selborne, but don’t worry if it does, for once you WILL be going in the right direction!
Few places in Britain have remained as unspoilt as Selborne, the tiny village where England's best-loved naturalist, Gilbert White, was born in 1720 and lived until he died in 1793. He is buried in the village in St Mary’s Church graveyard, opposite his house “The Wakes, which is now a museum. The church also contains two fine stained glass windows commemorating him. Gilbert White's “Natural History of Selborne” was first published in 1789 and is the fourth most published book in the English language.
Learn all about Gilbert White at: (visit link)
Park in the main village car park (N51 05.771, W000 56.520), it is signposted behind the Selborne Arms, at the foot of The Hanger. Follow the footpath signs for The ZigZag, which you will see in the distance, this path cut by Gilbert and his brother in 1753. Turn left after the kissing gate (memorise the map of the common!) and ZigZag your way up the hill. From the first iron bench, about a third of the way up, there is a glimpse of the garden and the south face of Gilbert White's house through the trees. White, nostalgic for home, wrote in Oxford at the age of 25:
Now climb the steep, drop now your eye below;
Where round the verdurous village orchards blow;
There, like a picture, lies my lowly seat
A rural, shelter'd unobserved retreat.
*It sounds ideal for Geocachers then!*
A second iron bench and a rough boulder known as "The Wishing Stone" mark the top of the 300 foot climb. Stay on the main path known as “The Pipeline” climbing gently through the trees, don’t worry about getting a good signal, the path opens up later.
Eventually your GPSr will point towards South (left), walk on a little bit further and you will find a less distinct grass track, you will be lead to a clump of small trees. Please do not trample the undergrowth by taking a direct route.
This is a very special area, and fairly busy in the summer, therefore the cache is a less obtrusive, small ammo box, it contains lots of goodies for children and a few nice things for mums and dads.
The cache is more exposed in the winter as the trees loose their leaves - extra sneekiness may be required!
“Gilbert had two great talents: observational skills and a flair for writing. He recorded what he saw in words that were both charming and accurate”
Can you do the same in the logbook?
Spend time to explore The Common, Selborne itself, take a circular walk or perhaps return down the Hangers via “The Bostal” for afternoon tea in The Wakes Tea Parlour.
Va gur pyhzc, EUF, vf n zhygv gehaxrq gerr, jvgu n yrna.
Ebbg nebhaq arneol, zvaq gur gubeaf!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum