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Devil's Pulpit (Wye Valley)

A cache by The Wombles Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/19/2003
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Devil's Pulpit has fantastic views of Tintern Abbey and the River Wye. It is located on Offa's Dyke. The terrain can be mostly level, suitable for children (care with younger ones at the cache site), off-road buggies (lift over styles) but not wheelchairs.

Devil's Pulpit is a rock viewpoint which overlooks Tintern Abbey and the river in the Wye Valley. Myth states that the Devil wanted to preach to the Monks of Tintern and tempt them away from their Cistercian ways, so created the pulpit. The view is reputed to have been the inspiration for the poem "Lines" by William Wordsworth. The views are fabulous on a clear day, a picture here or below.

Tintern Abbey is a magnificent ruin, having lost it's roof but retaining amazing architecture in a superb setting. more details here. If you're interested in visiting the Abbey then don't miss out on this cache The Devil's Congregation - Tintern.

Devil's Pulpit is located on Offa's Dyke, an earthwork built to mark the boundary between England and Wales by King Offa between 757 and 796 AD. Offa's Dyke is a linear earthwork which roughly follows the Welsh/English boundary. It consists of a ditch and rampart constructed with the ditch on the Welsh-facing side, and appears to have been carefully aligned to present an open view into Wales from along its length. As originally constructed, it must have been about 27 metres wide and 8 metres from the ditch bottom to the bank top. Much of the Dyke is still traceable along the 80 miles from the Wye valley to Wrexham. In places it still retains most of its original impressive dimensions while in other parts it has disappeared due to 1200 years of farming activity and its presence can only be detected by archaelogical work. It is particularly visible here.

The Wye Valley is a beautiful valley just north of the Severn bridge (M48) and Chepstow. The Forest of Dean is just up the road, containing many other places of interest.

There is a free public car park at co-ordinates: N51°41.433', W02°38.396', from which the cache is just over one mile.. Alternatively there is space for a car at N51°41.410', W02°38.956', although this may be a private road. It is about 0.6 mile to the cache from here. The third alternative is to park at Tintern Abbey and climb. Haven't tried this, but it looks steep!

An Ordnance Survey map for the cache is shown at this web site.

The cache is an ammo box and there is some tree cover, but quite a good signal available. Please ensure that the cache is well hidden from every direction when you leave.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Uvqqra orgjrra gur ebpxf, haqre n snyyra gerr

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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