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Sophie's Choice

A cache by spottyspaniels Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 1/8/2005
2.5 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Puttles Bridge is one of our favourite walks, and was the number one favourite walk and swimming location of our first Springer, Sophie (after whom we SpottySpaniels are somewhat bizarrely named).

If a dog set up a GeoCache, we feel sure this is where it would be. It has trees, a river, lots of sticks, and a good long walk. User acceptance trials by our current Springer Molly have confirmed this.

The co-ordinates given at the top of the page are for parking.

To complete this cache you will walk a mile and a half, (maybe considerably more if your GPS is as naff as ours), but it is worth it !

Often you will encounter wildlife en route, you may see New Forest Ponies, Highland cattle grazing, and you may also see deer, either individual ones or even whole herds of them. (The highland cattle despite their size and large horns are very gentle and won’t trouble you.)

In summer this is a favourite spot with picnickers, and the shade dappled river is popular with hot children, (and overgrown children), wishing to paddle. An (expensive) ice cream van may often be found in a nearby car park on the other side of the river. In winter the terrain is a little more “challenging”, so a severe winter wellies warning should be observed!!! In summer maybe bring a barbeque.

There is adequate free parking, although in the summer it may be busy(ish).

There is no need to leave footpaths except when you are close to the final cache, and even then it isn’t far off.

Since this cache celebrates man's best friend ...........…… FETCH !!!

The actual cache is close to a deer sanctuary so please keep your caching companions under close control.

1st Location: N50°49.641 W001°36.137. On either, (don’t add both), sides of this structure are some uprights supporting a handrail, how many? = A.(1 Digit)

2nd Location: N50°49.797 W001°36.018. On the sign, units should be how many feet apart + A =B.(2 Digits)

3rd Location: N50°49.429 W001°36.644. A Post with 2 Stripes. One is Red, the other represents a number. Think of Rainbows ! If Richard is 1, and Battle is 5, which number is the second stripe? =C (1 Digit)

Erq=1 Benatr=2 Lryybj=3 Terra=4 Oyhr=5 Vaqvtb=6 Ivbyrg=7

Final Location:

Fill in the Blanks. N50°49.AB W001°36.5C9 .........( Please note that B is a two digit number ! )

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Orgjrra n sve naq n ubyyl gerr jvgu gjb gehaxf, haqre na hcghearq gerr ebbg. Sbe gubfr punyyratrq ol gur Envaobj pyhr. Gur Pbybhef ner: Erq=1, Benatr=2, Lryybj=3, Terra=4, Oyhr=5, Vaqvtb=6, Ivbyrg=7. (Evpuneq bs Lbex Tnir Onggyr Va Inar. Jnl bs Erzrzorevat Pbybhe Frdhrapr).

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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