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Zoo View / View to the East Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 08/07/2004
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Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

16th January 2018, I am grateful to have adopted this cache. Jon the original owner placed this cache here for two reasons, his words follow: the zoo and the view; hence the name. This was one of my favourite spots to hang around for a few minutes whilst walking the dogs. The location is known as "Rest and be Thankful", you'll see why when you get here.

Just up from the cache site you can see a small part of Edinburgh Zoo through the fence. The area you can see is the African Plains and you should look out for Grevy's Zebras and Lowland Nyala antelopes. Turn around and sit on one of the benches. This is the real reason for bringing you here. Choose a nice day and you’ll want to spend a while here.

The cache is a regular size waterproof container in a black bag. It contains log book and pen. If you are lucky enough, please also post snaps of any wild beasts you might see through the fence. Due to the popularity of the area of the cache site, particularly on a fine day, you will definately have to be stealthy. Watch also on a rainy day the approaches can be extremely muddy and slippy.

"Rest and be Thankful" is featured in Robert Louis Stevenson's book Kidnapped as the place where David Balfour and Alan Breck Stewart parted company. An extract from page 120 is as follows:

We came the by-way over the hill of Corstorphine; and when we got near to the place called Rest-and-be-Thankful, and looked down on Corstorphine bogs and over to the city and the castle on the hill, we both stopped, for we both knew without a word said that we had come to where our ways parted. Here he repeated to me once again what had been agreed upon between us: the address of the lawyer, the daily hour at which Alan might be found, and the signals that were to be made by any that came seeking him. Then I gave what money I had (a guinea or two of Rankeillor's) so that he should not starve in the meanwhile; and then we stood a space, and looked over at Edinburgh in silence.

"Well, good-bye," said Alan, and held out his left hand.

"Good-bye," said I, and gave the hand a little grasp, and went off down hill.

David Balfour and Alan Breck Stewart statue at the grounds of the headquarters of the brewer Scottish & Newcastle in Murrayfield

For more information visit the Friends of Corstorphine Hill website. At this site you can find travel directions, a map of the hill and the tower opening times.

Whilst you are on Corstorphine Hill, why not do Edinburgh Orienteering Series: Corstorphine GCX1EE by Cache Hit, Corstorphine Hill, roche moutonnée GC1EMYQ by Haggis Hunter and Corstorphine Hill Tower GC1G293 by chizu.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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