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- Terrain:

Size: (regular)

Although rather long (over 80 miles) and with a lot of virtual caches to find, this will take you on a circular tour of some of the best spots on the island.

Hardly any walking is necessary, except for the final section (16 and 17) which requires a walk of a mile or so on hilly ground (with a good path). Five hours is the minimum time required if travelling by car, but it can be completed in a day by a good cyclist (there is good parking at the start, which is close to the finish). All sites have parking or a lay-by adjacent, so there’s no need to cruise along attempting to spot the cache from the car. The clues are all quite obvious (if you’re in the right spot), reasonably prominent and permanent. Carefully study the name of each stage, as each is also a clue. Take a picnic, and take your time! Because of the length of the search, you may want to split it into two sections. The best split is after “The Wheel” as there is a long drive through Douglas to the next site.

Essentials: GPS unit, with good knowledge of how to set up a waypoint! Good mental arithmetic, or a calculator. Transport (car or bike).

Desirable: Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Map (almost essential). It may be useful to convert the Lat/Long to Grid co-ordinates and find the rough position on the map before moving on. Companion(s) – it’s not advisable to try driving and navigating at the same time – although the cyclist may manage. Stout walking shoes or boots (for the last mile, although the paths are good).

Old (or tough) clothes (for the final few yards, where there may be brambles and gorse).

Contents of the cache are meant to be better than average because of the amount of effort involved in finding it!

**1. Drive Off (at a much loved bench mark: N 54° 05.481 / W 004° 46.059)**

To N 54°AB.306, W 004°CD.787

A = number of birds minus 2

B = number of birds x 3

C = number of birds x 2

D = number of birds + 1

**2. Thomas**

To N 54°AB.798, W 004°CD.400

A = The Manx Europa Stamp less 1977

B = The second digit of Nicholson’s birth year

CD = Nicholson’s last year less 1944

**3. To the Beach**

To N 54°AB.021,W 004°CD.331

AB = minutes minus 4

CD = minutes plus 27

**4. SaVe!SaVe!**

A lunch opportunity here, also a scenic stroll.

To N 54°AB.659,W 004°CD.770

AB = unluckily, once: below

CD = add all four numbers, then add 9

**5. The Green Door**

Head for the Castle first, then find this wartime relic

To N 54°AB.553,W 004°CD.890

AB = the Harbour Board (the first and last digits)

CD = the Harbour Board (the third then first digit)

**6. The Dial**

To N 54°AB.926,W 004°CD.553

AB = Minutes (‘) of Latitude, plus 3

CD = Seconds (“) of Longitude, less 10

**7. Vow and Sow**

To N 54°AB.311, W 004°CD.463

AB = Total of the left-hand one

CD = Add all three bottom figures, then subtract the highest top one

**8. The Owners of Ballamoar**

To N 54°AB.347,W 004°CD.741

AB = Catherine, less 1800.

CD = AB

**9. Devitt’s repose**

To N 54°AB.940,W 004°CD.291

ABCD = Year of birth plus 314

ALTERNATIVE

AB = The Beach, the Beach

CD = the Beach, the Marram Dunes

**10. The Northern wife plays rugby in black and yellow**

To N 54°AB.568,W 004°CD.113

AB = Under minus 8

CD = Over plus 20

**11. Manx Heritage Year**

Have some bread available

To N 54°AB.903,W 004°CD.054

AB = the number of trees plus 3

CD = AB plus 2

**12. Loki and the otter**

(Look at number 122)

To N 54°AB.0FE,W 004°CD.E2F

ABCD = The year the King was treacherously slain, plus 567.

(Look at the note below 149)

EF = the total number of pieces

**13. Persecution and Banishment**

To N 54°AB.561,W 004°CD.463

AB = Add together the last two numbers of the eight

CD = Add the first, third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth

**14. Guinness Galore**

To N 54°AB.155,W 004°CD.690

ABCD = weight plus 144

**15. The Wheel**

To N 54°0A.BCD,W 004°EF.G59

Exposed to the elements, and leaning a bit, this four-spoked wheel has a number plate with two digits on it: XY

A = B from Persecution and Banishment, plus 2

B = D from Guinness Galore

CD = XY plus 8

EF = XY minus 27

G = D from Loki and the Otter

**16. A Familiar Couple**

To N 54° AB.EFF, W 004° CD.GHH

ABCD = the same as the present co-ordinates (it’s not far!)

E = the latest year, less 1994

FF = "The Wheel", less 18

G = the earliest year, less 1905

HH = "The Wheel", less 7

**17. Great Shot!**

The hunt is almost over…

To N 54° AB.53E, W 004° CD.FGH

ABCD = still the same

E = money divided by 1000

FGH = number of yards north + 92

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Additional Hints**
(Decrypt)

Sebz Terng Fubg, xrrc gb gur jvqre tenffl cngu, gura jnyx cnfg gur pnpur svsgl srrg orsber gheavat onpx ba n snvag cngu guebhtu oenpxra.

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

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