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Friar's Farm - Bisected Byway Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 08/09/2021
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Finding this cache

The cache is hidden near a kissing gate where the B4449 bisects a footpath. Just 50 years ago, though, the scene here will have been very different! This stretch of road wasn't built until the late 1970s, so the footpath will have stretched uninterrupted through the fields of Blackditch Farm all the way from Stanton Harcourt to the Tar Wood and South Leigh, as it had for hundreds of years.

This is not a cache-and-dash; there is no safe place to park on this stretch of road. I'd recommend approaching on foot from the trailhead at N 51° 45.131' W 1° 24.499' (Main Road, North of Flexney's Paddock).

The container is a plastic "ammo can"-like box. Please tuck it away deeply into its hiding place to ensure that it isn't visible to people not actively looking for it! Initial contents include a variety of tradables, logbook and pencil.

This cache was originally known as "The Bisected Footpath of Blackditch Fields". It was renamed in August 2022 to integrate it into a new series of caches.

The Friar's Farm series

This cache is part of a series that loops around Friar's Farm in West Oxfordshire. This is a working farm and the footpaths run unfenced along or through the fields, so remember to keep dogs and children under control, especially when agricultural machinery is operating, and please stick to the footpaths (so long as you're following the geocache trail, this should be easy, but note that the driveway that runs North-South next to the windpump is private and should not be used as a shortcut!). All the paths are easily walkable, but most are not suitable for bicycles nor horses.

There's always something to see; depending on the time of year you're likely to spot farming at work, hares fighting, deer grazing, and/or a local sparrowhawk hunting for its dinner. In the autumn, the wild blackberries that along the West foorpath are especially large and sweet, and you're also likely to find an abundance of sloes, if you've the stomach for them!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)