To help with the clues you may need the aid of a leprechaun, dwarf, or more probably a small mirror such as a tiny “vanity” type. (you have been warned). If you do happen to know a leprechaun, ensure that they can read backwards. A pencil and paper would probably be useful too.
N50°54.306 W001°16.557: This is the parking location. It is free and there is space for several cars.
Close to the parking location you will find a nice old 13th century deconsecrated church. Inside you will find a Victorian horse drawn Hearse, a pedal powered organ, and numerous other quaint curios.
Then nearby you will find a duck pond whose insatiable inhabitants always welcome a snack. (Wholemeal bread is much better for them, but oblivious to good nutrition they are not fussy).
You will also pass by a 500 year old farm,Link to Farm Site which is now a working farm museum with rare and ancient breeds of animals. It is not free but well worth a visit, if you have an hour or two to spare. You will also pass a blacksmiths forge and a wheelwrights shop, to poke your nose into these is free and if a blacksmith or wheelwright is in there they enjoy a chat.
After the farm you will find a crossroads, the road that you cross (running east to west ‘ish) runs roughly alongside the route of a roman road that led to Clausentum (now Bitterne), in the other direction the road went to Chichester.
There are three clues to be found, once you have found the first one (with the aid of your leprechaun, dwarf, or mirror), it will lead you to the next, and so on. The forth location is the cache.
Location 1: Use Dwarf, Leprechaun or mirror. (Ybbx haqre gur frng)
Location 2: (No hints for this one).
Location 3: (No hints for this one). Near this location are the remains of Henry V’s Flagship, Grace Dieu. However the remaining timbers may only be seen at very low tides. Tide Table Link From the pontoon looking across the river, the timbers are slightly to your right toward the centre of the river (The location is marked with a yellow pole).
Grace Dieu sailed on one gut wrenchingly unstable voyage from Southampton in 1420 vaguely under the command of William Payne, and was so scary that it was then laid up with other large royal ships. There is no evidence she went to sea again, but nevertheless made a considerable impression on those who saw her. She came to a rather sad end, catching fire and burning out on the Hamble in 1439.
There are suspicions that members of the crew with a desire not to sail again in this unnervingly unstable vessel “accidentally” caught her alight. No one believed the size of the ship until the wreck was surveyed in 1933.
Previous examinations had wrongly concluded it was either a Danish galley or a mid-nineteenth century merchant ship. The television programme Time Team did one episode about the ship, where the archaeologists swapped their trowels for aqualungs and spent three days poking about under the murky water. Link to Time Team "Grace Dieu" page
Location 4: This is IT, the cache, make sure you are on the correct (East) side of the small creek, or have a boat with you.
When you are at the location your GPS insists is correct, you will need to go about about 25 feet North'ish (Why I hear you ask?) because of possible tree cover. Enjoy
Finally, why is it called “Sitting Bull”? I hear you ask. Well. On the way round you may positively benefit from some sitting (???), and there has already been considerable “bull” about leprechauns, dwarves etc. Lastly, Mrs SpottySpaniel thought it was an amusing name, and who am I to argue?
Enjoy …… SpottySpaniels.