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Big View

A cache by Chris n Maria Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 4/5/2003
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: large (large)

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Geocache Description:

Views of Waltham Abbey and Beyond.

This cache is on the London Geocaching Tube Map

This cache is part of a series planted for the cache bash on 5th April 2003.

A short walk from the parking along a path created by the Victorians called Big View Ride which seems to have been created to celebrate Queen Victoria's visit to the forest:

Following disputes between landowners (who enclosed land) and commoners (who had grazing and cutting rights) the Epping Forest Act was passed in 1878. The Forest was saved by the Corporation of London from illegal enclosure. Epping Forest ceased to be a Royal Forest and the Crown's right to deer and venison was terminated. Pollarding was no longer allowed although grazing rights continued.This Act laid down a stipulation that the Conservators (ie the Corporation of London) shall at all times keep Epping Forest unenclosed and unbuilt on as an open space for the recreation and enjoyment of the people. When Queen Victoria visited Chingford on 6 May 1882 she declared "It gives me the greatest satisfaction to dedicate this beautiful Forest to the use and enjoyment of my people for all time" and it thus became "The People's Forest". The Corporation of London still own and manage Epping Forest in strict conformity with the Epping Forest Act without any money for its upkeep coming from local rates or taxes.

From the cache site you should just be able to make out the spire of Waltham Abbey but you can't miss the M25. The cache is a large Ammo box.

Please check out the G.A.G.B and G:UK web sites. They offer support for all Geocachers in the UK.

Why not visit Chris's Gallery of Epping Forest photography

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Snpr gur tbefr ohfu naq ivrj,gb lbhe evtug fubhyq or n ynetr gerr. Oruvaq gurng vf n frpbaq gerr fheebhaqrq ol Ubyyl - ybbx oruvaq gung.

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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