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The old butts (Devon)

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Hidden : 1/20/2004
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is about a mile from four firs on Woodbury common on an old WW2 firing range

The commons (Woodbury and adjacent) encompass many areas of historical and general interest, including a hill fort, some seventeen burial mounds and Fire Beacon. The Commons are laid down on Triassic pebblebeds that are thought to have come from an area of desert that extended over the English Channel to France. Vast rivers flowed across the basin depositing layers of pebblebeds which we now associate with the Commons. During its lifetime, the Commons was on the edge of the last ice age, being mostly Arctic Rundra. As the ice age retreated aforestation started to build the area into a vast forest. Man then came along and started to shape the face of the Commons. Around 500-300 B.C. man moved into the area and built a hill fort, now known as Woodbury Castle. This is a scheduled ancient monument. Man gradually cleared trees for firewood, buildings etc. With the establishment of the local manors and the division of the land into parishes, the Lord of the Manor allowed commoners rights of grazing, turf cutting, the taking of bracken for bedding and the cutting of certain size trees for fuel. This went on for many years until the locals became richer and stopped using their common rights. The Commons were then allowed to fall into their own succession of growth from heather and gorse to the invasion of trees, bracken etc. If this had been allowed to go on unchecked, one of the most valuable lowland heaths in the country would have been lost.

Suggested parking is at N50 40.011,W003 21.477.

The cache is a 35mm film container with a log sheet.

Please cover the cache well and be discreet as sometimes the Royal Marines use this area as a training ground as one local cacher found out.
Please take a pen to sign log as there is not one in the cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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