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JackiePenn: Just checked the cache, but no cache to be found [:(!][:(]

Regret to say that the cache box and contents have been removed from the hidden place and are presumed stolen.

This cache will therefore be archived.

Hope that "Faith the Pink Hippo" travel bug turns up safely sometime [:(]

Will likely set a MKII Severn Thunder cache in area sometime soon.

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stonefisk

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Severn Thunder (Beachley Peninsula, Near Chepstow)

A cache by stonefisk Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/11/2004
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is a Traditional geocache located on Beachley Peninsula. This cache involves either a short walk along shingle/reeds tide line or asphalt lane with overgrown pathways. Very basic climbing skills are required to retrieve the cache from its hiding space.

This cache will take you to a location that will reward you with a great view of the Severn Estuary, mouth of the River Wye and both Severn bridges.

Free and ample parking can be found directly under the old Severn Bridge (ST 55100 90600). This is a great starting point and a strange experience being under this impressive structure with the sound of heavy traffic thundering above. This is an amazing place to park up when it is foggy, truly eerie.

An Ordnance Survey map for the Beachley viewpoint parking is available at this web site.

Before and for a short period after the Bridge was built this was the place the ferry service crossed to & from Aust Cliff. One of the old ferry boats has made a recent return for restoration and can be found braced up on the shore line below the hotel.

This is also the base of SARA (The Severn Area Rescue Association) , care must be taken not to block their access to the units building and boat launch (the carpark may overflow on weekends in high summer.)

The cache can only be accessed from the shoreline, but from the carpark you can either walk along the beach (preferred) or take the asphalt lane and find one of the overgrown paths leading down to the shore nearer to the cache. The cache is a ammo box located above the tide line, so a tiny climb up a rock bank is required. Take care with this scramble check foot/hand holds, could be slippery when wet. Please replace the cache so it is tucked out of sight and behind the branch/roots which stop it falling out onto the shore.

Nearby you may find an outflow pipe, as far as I know it is and always has been clean water gushing out, have fun trying to block it like everyone else fails to do. From the cache location you can see a beacon and a ruin on a tiny island just offshore, this is called Chapel Rock. Not that I believe any geocacher would, but I have to say please do not consider trying to get to this island even at lowest tides, even if you survive the mud those few metres rapidly fill with some of the strongest currents the River Severn has to offer.

Near the slipway overlooking the Severn with unbeatable views is the 'The Old Ferry Inn' which has history going back to the early 17th century, and in its time it has been a customs house and a vicarage. If you which to have a pint and something to eat, I have been told they serve very good meals.




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