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BLACK ROCK (Monmouthshire)

A cache by stonefisk Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 7/4/2004
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is a Traditional geocache located near the Severn Estuary. The cache involves a walk of 2km round trip via a grass footpath with a stile and two kissing gates.

This cache will take you to a little known and fairly quite picnic site with views of the Severn Estuary, and both Severn bridges.

Blackrock used to be the pier for the 'Bristol and South Wales Union Railway' and later the Great Western Railway passenger ferry link to and from 'New Passage' on the English side of the river. This route was replaced by the opening of the Severn Tunnel in 1886. The railway and ferry port are long gone though many features of its history remain but are easily overlooked.

The pinic site is 1.5ha of low cliff-top coastal lawn surrounded by hedges, scrub and small planted trees.

The remains of a Neolithic long barrow can be found nearby (1km) at 51°35.684'N, 2°42.920'W(WGS84) / (ST 50545 88675 OSGB).

The parking area and the main access point to the picnic site can be found on this map (N 51° 35.369 W 002° 42.277(WGS84) / (ST 51282 88084 OSGB).

PICNIC SITE FACILITIES:
All of the site is within 160 metres of main entrance.
Parking for 24 cars on level tarmac.
Toilets 3.5km away at Caldicot Castle Country Park, include wheelchair adapted cubicle refurbished August 2000 (RADAR key needed).
Paths of 1.2m wide near level compacted stone dust with 1 in 10 slope down Common to old slipway.
Seats throughout.
Picnic tables & litter bins on firm grass lawns.
Views over Severn Estuary to England and the two bridges.
Refreshments within 1.5km in Portskewett.
A 700 metre walk to Sudbrook via large kissing gate, accessible to prams, electric scooters and wheelchairs, and 1 to 3m wide compacted stone dust path leading to level tarmac road.
Walk towards Mathern via field gates narrow kissing gates and fields.

THE CACHE:
Small ammo box (3 litre). Located on a short 20 minute each way walk (~ 2km round trip) somewhere between BlackRock and the St Pierre Pill. The co-ords for the cache were taken with EGNOS corrections showing accuracy of 3 metre or less. The cache is concealed under some small rocks, please replace and conceal well from casual viewing.


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