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Aqualate Mere (Staffordshire)

A cache by MarcB (adopted by Heidi Seekers) Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 1/26/2003
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The next cache in the Road to the Wrekin series is in an incredible location. It's situated on the banks of a huge natural lake (the largest in the West Midlands), which is hidden from view from all angles and roads, hence few people have seen it (and know how to get to it). It is also quite close to "Broad Hill Cache" (see below)

This is the fifth in a set of seven caches in the “Road to the Wrekin” series. The first 6 caches are just off the A518, which runs from Uttoxeter to Telford through Staffordshire and Shropshire.

  1. The Urn
  2. Any Fort In A Storm(Now archived)
  3. Tunnel Vision
  4. Broad Hill Revisited
  5. Aqualate Mere*
  6. Crisis Point
  7. Wrekin Havoc!

Follow the public footpath down and past the information sign. Remember to keep to the paths and close all gates behind you. At the crossroads turn right, the cache is on the right bank, at the base of some tree roots (see the pictures for more details).

The cache is an ammo box, don't forget to hide it well.

The ground can get a bit boggy in wet weather.

The views of the lake are much better if you go straight on at the footpath crossroads - take some pictures and post them here!

If you do go this way, have a look in the new hide that has been built if possible.

More information on Aqualate Mere can be found here: Info

We have been asked by the Manager at the National Nature Reserve at Aqualate Mere to request that you park with care and do not block any farm gates as they are in use all the time. He would prefer that you use the National Nature Reserve car park at N 52° 46.798 W 002° 18.990 if at all possible. The bridleway from the car park leads directly to the cache.

Good luck

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur pnpur vf n irel fubeg jnl hc gur evtug onax (ybbx sbe n uhtr fghzc), ghpxrq haqre fbzr gerr ebbgf naq fubhyq or uvqqra ol cvrprf bs jbbq.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

Find...

  • SignA picture of the nature reserve sign that you should pass
  • The Right PathA picture of the right path. The lake is in the background and the path is quite muddy
  • HINT picLook at this if you arn't very confident. The cache is down there- when it was hidden it had some pieces of wood hiding it: try and keep it that way :P
  • Lake ViewThis picture does the lake no justice: it's huge!
  • Another lake viewFrom the other path (straight on) you can see the lake much better
  • Best Lake PicAgain from the other path. Here you really can see the vast length of the lake. This view is to the West, please try and get a picture at sunset: it must be amazing! To the South (the left) is the Aqualate Estate which has deer on, a castle (which you can see if you are heading the "other" way up the A518) and a big mansion (which you can see as you pass, going towards Newport). This is also the best view you are likly to find: trees block the view from the footpaths (which are often too far away from the lake) and no roads overlook it.

306 Logged Visits

Found it 285     Didn't find it 7     Write note 10     Needs Maintenance 1     Owner Maintenance 3     

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