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Thanks to everyone who found this, or paid the area a visit and left empty handed; I hope you all had fun. Big thanks to adsandco for the collection.

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Chess themed Geocache No.8 - BLACK QUEEN (Bucks)

A cache by Simply Paul Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 02/19/2004
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

My eighth chess themed procession through regal Buckinghamshire landscape will carry you high above the Vale of Aylesbury. There's my customary assortment of odd objects, views and places which I hope you will enjoy along the way. Please take a printout of this page and a pen (or a brainy person) with you as you'll need to make notes and do some maths along the way. This 'cache trail' is approx. 3 miles long and should take around two hours by foot. Much less by car!

Chess themed Geocache No.8 - BLACK QUEEN (Bucks)

While setting this cache Simply Paul fancies a snack, but discovers he has brought the wrong sort of waggonwheel with him. Ho-hum.

Start by going to N51° 50.675 / W000° 36.169 where there's off-road parking at the foot of Ivinghoe Beacon, next to the B489. From here climb the path to your initial target, a white pawn around 800ft above sea level at N51° 50.532 / W000° 36.500. He has a message for you on the plate at his base. It's a four digit number proceeded by an S. We'll call this number ABBC. While you're way up here I'd suggest you do Pid's Beacon View - Round in Circles cache, which is just a short walk away. I also urge you to admire the view, if available. You can see the Black Queen from here, as well as the distant Black King and the White Queen on the horizon. In 1588 you'd have seen several of the chain of beacons warning of the approaching Spanish Armada from here, as well as being kept rather warm yourself.

Your second target is a brass plate on a wall at N51° 5C.(B-A)(B+1)(A+2) / W000° 3(B+2).(A+3)(B+2)C. To get here either return to your car or use the Ridgeway Path (which starts up here) and then a footpath that branches off it as you leave NT property. Once you've located the plaque you'll notice it's dedicated to the son of that blackest of British Queens, Victoria (1819-1901). The colour is synonymous with her because it's all she wore after the death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861 until her own death in 1901. The date on the plate in the format day/month/year is D/E/1DCF

The third location is at N51° 4D.DCB / W000° 3(E-1).(F+B)DB. Have a look at the information board on the way in. It makes for an interesting read. Next to the door there's a large stone bearing the date 18GH.

Your final target, the Cache, is located at:
N51° 4D.(G-F)EH / W00° 3(E-1).(G-1)(A-1)H.

Happy hunting!

The cache originally contained:
1x Thing for getting crumbs and fluff out of your keyboard
1x Roll of sticky tape
2x Candles
1x Flyer for Stowe Gardens (Home to D&P's Secret Garden cache)
1x 1 Krone coin from my January '04 trip to Norway (Worth about 9p!)
1x 20c Euro coin. (Value unknown)
Plus the usual: Log book, pen, pencil, and cache note.

Things to enjoy while searching for this cache:
An unusual 18 foot long Thatch Hook for tearing thatch from burning buildings and iron Man Trap. Click here to see a larger version of this picture Pitstone Windmill, the oldest post mill still standing in the UK, looking a bit like Queen Victoria to me. It was badly damaged by a storm a year after her death. Click here to see a larger version of this picture The White Pawn atop Ivinghoe Beacon. Click here to see a larger version of this picture

While you're in the area, I suggest you check (another vague Chess reference there. Did you spot it?) out Pid's Beacon View - Round in Circles or Dan & Pid's The Hole. The first is a short walk and the second only a short drive away.

A small experiment - Please feel free to rate your visit to this cache out of ten in your log.


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vg'f uvqqra arkg gb n srapr cbfg, nobhg 30sg sebz gur tvira pb-beqf, nccneragyl :-C

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)



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