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This cache is named for my brother Eddie, who like my brother Tom, died in 2000 (see Tom’s Odyssey cache). This spot evokes memories of a 2 day trekking event that Eddie, his brothers and friends took part in 23 years ago. The cache title relates to a 180° error Ed made with the compass here, right at the start of the event, having assured everyone that he was an expert navigator.
From the cache is a view across the river Wey of the ruins of Waverley Abbey. Founded in 1128 by the Bishop of Wincester, this was the first abbey in England where monks of the Cistercian order settled It is the “Mother” abbey of more famous Cistercian abbeys such as Tintern, Rievaulx and Fountains. The abbey was also the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels.
If you decide to take in a visit to the abbey ruins (entry is free), look out for the Dragon’s Teeth along the river side. Dragon's Teeth were rudimentary tank-traps, hurriedly installed in 1940 as part of the anti-invasion measures. Basically, they were concrete pyramids, two to three feet high, that would be installed in or around a ditch as a barrier to tanks. In this part of Surrey, they were placed either side of a shallow river, and they remain in place today, many overgrown and forgotten, but a living reminder of how close the Nazis came to invading Britain in 1940. The iron hooks that can just be seen on the tops of some of the pyramids were for hanging thick cables across the stream to impede the progress of tanks up the river. Notice also the pillbox at the entrance to the ruins.
If you cross the road from the Abbey and follow the footpath on the far side of the river (cross the bridge first), you’ll quickly reach the cave of the witch, Old Mother Ludlam. Legend says that it was from here that the devil stole her cauldron, whereupon she chased after him until he dropped it at nearby Kettlebury Hill (kettle is another word for cauldron). She placed the cauldron in Frensham church for safety, where you can still see it today resting on its tripod.
The cache itself is a small ammo box.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum