The above co-ordinates take you to the ‘proper’ Car Park. Tree cover (and nettles!) may be a problem in the summer but, generally, stick to the main paths and the cache locations themselves should be in relatively clear areas.
Cammo House was built in 1693 with the Estate designed and laid out between 1711 and 1719 by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik. It is on the Inventory of Historic and Designed Landscapes and has a collection of mature parkland trees including, probably, the largest and oldest ash in Edinburgh. To the North of the ruined house there is an old grove of 5 yews together with a small collection of exotic conifers – monkey puzzle, giant redwood, umbrella pine, arolla pine, deodar cedar, western red cedar and Douglas fir can all be found here.
The City of Edinburgh Council operate a Ranger service and one of their 2 visitor centres is located here.
Part 1 The Water Tower N 55° 57.168 W 003° 19.288
On your way to Part 1 you will pass the areas’ most obvious landmark.
This was originally a water tower which once housed a large lead tank. A sail once adorned the top – it drove the pumps that supplied the water to Cammo House.
Take one of the maps from the cache – you’ll need it later.
Check out The Stables at N 55° 57.341 W 003° 19.355
These once held up to 10 horses and 6 carriages, had a domed clock tower, smithy, sheds and stores. Check out the round windows ( the arched window will be in next weeks’ episode of Play School) – find the date ( i8ii ) when they were built.
Head up the path towards N 55° 57.263 W 003°19.600. You will pass the large walled garden which was built in 1781/2
It is now completely overgrown but it is still possible to see remnants of old sheds etc ( did you notice the corner fireplace – very stylish!). Its 2.5 acres once enclosed a vinery, peach house and conservatory. The holes in the East wall were used to house bees. The path to the outside of the wall will take you direct to the waypoint - if you walk through the garden go through the doorway at the far end and turn left – you’ll avoid a low boggy area which lies between you and your objective.
Once at the aforementioned co-ords start to head for Part 2. You’ll notice at this point the perimeter wall backs onto Turnhouse Golf Club and you’ll no doubt also get an excellent view of the aircraft taking off from or landing at Edinburgh Airport.
Part 2 Cammo House N 55° 57.500 W 003° 19.558
Find the cache - take one of the sheets and all will be revealed!
After the find head for N 55° 57.479 W 003° 19.465 and take a walk around the ruins of Cammo House. It was once a very imposing building - 3 storeys high, with fourteen bedrooms and accessed by a large semicircular stone staircase at the front. Lived in until 1975 it was then bequeathed to The National Trust. The house soon became a target for vandals and was set on fire on more than one occasion. With insufficient funds to restore the property, the majority of the building was then demolished. After discussions with Edinburgh District Council the estate was gifted to the public as the UKs first Wilderness Park.
You can still just see the carved 1693 above the main door. You may have noticed earlier the ornamental pond / canal – check out its tadpoles in spring but not its ice in winter!
If interested the Standing Stone, one of many in the Lothians, it is at N 55° 57.476 W 003° 19.386 – it may have some association with the Cat Stane that’s situated within the airports boundary. What was the hook used for?
Armed with your new found ‘intelligence’ head to your final destination.
Part 3 Rough Extreme N ??° ??.??? W ???° ??.???
Find the booty. Please note at some times of the year it maybe worth collecting a stick along the way to beat down a few nettles that 'guard' the final location!
If feeling energetic take the path heading in a Northerly direction. Cross the minor road and continue along the side of the River Almond to Haggis Hunters' cache Grotto Bridge (GCTTAN). If even more adventurous, cross the bridge and turn right – you eventually reach The Cramond Brig and then the foreshore at Cramond itself.
Otherwise, head down across the fields towards the Visitor Centre at N 55° 57.573 W 003° 19.125.
The building you’ll see in the distance looks a bit like a golf clubhouse – well it was! The open area you are crossing was, in 1907, Cramond Brig Golf Club! Rough ‘in extremis’ –sack the groundsman! The club had up to 700 members and after their lease expired here they set up home at some other place called Dam… Dil… oh that’s it, Dalmahoy!
Once past the Visitor Centre cross the small bridge and follow the burn the 470m back to the Car Park
The undernoted websites will give you more information on the area……
Edinburgh Biodiversity Partnership
Countryside Ranger Service