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Swallows and Amazons

Hidden : 3/29/2005
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Size: Size: small (small)

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This cache is hidden on a small Island and can only be reached by boat or canoe. Although some have swum! DO NOT LEAVE TBs as they will get muggled. GPSr signal is poor under leaf cover. Suggest visit in winter when few leaves :-) and take SPOILER 2009. Can be found in snow.

Arthur Ransome is one of the best-loved of all children's writers, and his books about the Lake District are known all over the world.
Arthur Ransome was born on January 18, 1884, in Leeds, where his father was a Professor of History. His father was a lover of the hills and lakes of Furness, and carried the baby Arthur up to the top of Coniston Old Man (later to become 'Kanchenjunga' in the books) when he was only a few weeks old. Every summer, he took his family by train to Greenodd, complete with their belongings packed into a large tin bath, and then by cart along the valley to Lowick and, finally, to Nibthwaite, on the shores of Coniston Water. He spent many hours on Peel Island, which was to become famous all over the world as Wildcat Island (in the film).

Coniston Boat Hire: Boating Centre situated on the west shore of Coniston Water which has a wide range of boats for hire. As well as rowing boats there are electric launches, sailing dinghies and Canadian Canoes.

NOTE. As this cache has been muggled before, it may be wise not to leave any travel items. Please do not leave anything edible by rodents in cache, eg candle, soap, cosmetics. Nowt we can do about the log book. Thanx

Things to remove from a cache and not to swap in the first instance. Food stuff, sweets, batteries, coins, plasters (Band-Aid) anything in a sachet, anything liquid, marker pens.

There are many launching places on the east shore of Coniston Water as the land is managed by the National Trust and the road is very close to the water's edge.. The shortest water crossing (for swimmers) would be from beach near clue 2c of Thomas West Coniston Water stations. This involves the longest carry for a boat, unless your boat has wheels. There is a path from road almost due south east to north west in orientation.

For the shortest carry of your boat. Park at south end of the wall at Low Near Peel. A popular spot with small gravel beach. The boat can almost be launched from the car roof. Second shortest water journey.

Another place to park is in the official National Trust Dodgson Wood car park. It is a short carry across the road to launch beach. And third longest water journey.

The nearest toilets are in Brown Howe car park (chargeable parking to pay for free toilets) where you can also launch from a beach, Short carry. SD 29050 91079 is near. Brown Howe is on other side of Coniston Water so will require a crossing of the lake. Whereas with the other launch places on eastern shore you can hug the shore and make a short crossing to the island.

There are also toilets in Machell Coppice car park. A popular place for other water sports users. Near SD 30988 95192

LAKE DISTRICT specific fell top weather forecast Bookmark this on your phone. South westerly above 15 mph is bad news for small boats. on this lake.

This cache often goes missing. Throwdowns are not recommended.

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Decryption Key


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  • Black Tin container for 2009How long will this last? This is what you are looking for so you can sign that log.
  • Getting ready....!For our next cache you will also need one of this space!
  • Land hereParking for your boat or canoe, in this fantastic natural harbour.
  • Pirates BootySadly actual cache contained in plastic tub due to Lakeland weather!
  • SPOILERplacing the cache (note buoyancy aids required!) Original cache set by KSM. Same tree.
  • SPOILER 2009It is under these tree roots. After all that effort, you need to sign that log.
  • You may need one of these.contents of original Cache (not canoe!)

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