Chester has been out on many cache hunts with us and has rather got to enjoy this pastime, so much so that he now recognises our GPSr and gets excited on seeing it. Recently he has been asking if we could help him create some caches of his own, so of course we agreed as he is not too good at this internet thingy (and if the truth be known he is only really any good at three things, walkeeees, spotting squirrels and burying bones, but don't tell him I told you that). He said that he would like them to be located in some of his favourite types of places that his doggie friends would like and suggested that one in each of the Oxford City Parks would be a good place. Foolishly we agreed to this before checking out how many parks Oxford actually has, and to our surprise their is eighteen of them. I hope you all enjoy this series of eighteen caches, and do post some picies for Chester, especially if you have one of his canine friends with you.
The 3 hectares of Grandpont were once the site of the former gas works which were demolished in 1960, the only visible remnant of which is the ornamental rail bridge which was used to carry coal from the main line across the Thames to the furnaces. The area was re-landscaped in 1985 by planting trees and sowing wildflower seed to create a patchwork of shrubberies and hay meadows. The park has matured into an attractive setting for a lunch break and a haven for wildlife - a stone's throw from the City centre. Look out for the Green Woodpeckers which like to forage for insects in the short turf created by the abundant rabbits. In spring cowslips flower along the edges of some of the paths and later in the summer look out for the tall pink spikes of Sainfoin near the main entrance. On the South side there is a football pitch, a basketball court and kick-about goals.
Liked this park as it had plenty of places to explore a a nice nature reserve attached.
A rare treat so close to Oxford city centre, is FREE parking at N51 44.644 W001 15.652, for 2 hours Monday to Saturday between 08:00 & 18:30 (plenty of time for this cache), no restrictions at other times.
Chester has hidden a Bone'us cache full of special doggy treats for all those cacher's who have managed to complete his COPQ series. To find this cache you will need to collect the letters on the lids of all the COPQ caches, and use them to work out the start location for Chester's Bone'us. Be warned, you will have to go for Chester's favourite type of walkieeees to complete it; a long one.
As my employer has decided that it would be a good idea to move the whole organisation to Bristol, the Phillimore's (Mad H@ter and Muddy Legs) will be moving on to pastures new and some fresh caches. Unfortunately this will mean that it will become difficult for us to maintain our Oxfordshire caches, so we will therefore be gradually archiving the majority of them. We shall start our program of collecting the caches and archiving them in the new year, but as we have one or two caches out there this will not be a five minute program! If you would particularly like to find this cache before it is archived please get in touch and we will try and hold off archiving it.