VP969 Traditional Geocache
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A challenging but rewarding 6 mile roundtrip to the top of Box Law via the 1958 crash site of an RAF transport aircraft.
This aircraft, a DeHavilland Devon, serial number VP969, crashed into Box Law on the 3rd of June 1958.
The Devon was part of 45th group RAF and was the personal aircraft of Air Marshall Sir Richard Jordan the Commander In Chief of maintenance command.
The aircraft was on flight from the Isle of Man to Renfrew airport to pick up a passenger and take him onwards to Andover N.I when it crashed in turbulent weather. The pilot, B Barclay and his navigator survived and there is no record of any casualties.
Although the fuselage shattered as a result of the crash substantial remains of the Devon can still be seen to this day i.e. wings, engines, tail plane, fin etc.
NOTE: Anyone visiting this cache via the crash site should take note of the following statement from the MoD.
”CRASHED U.K MILITARY AIRCRAFT AND THEIR EQUIPMENT REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE CROWN. DO NOT DAMAGE THE AIRCRAFT AND DO NOT TAKE SOUVENIRS”
Onto the cache:
There are many routes onto Box Law this is just my preferred one as it follows a farm/quad bike track for part of the way.
Park at N55°46.682 W4°47.516 on the A760 across the road from Blairpark Farm(please pay attention to the notice on the farm gate about the route to take through the farmyard). Follow the track towards Howcraig and Continue along the track until N55°47.617 W4°47.918. Here you bear off to the right following a quad bike trail until you reach the banks of Gogo water. Skirt the bank of the river and cross at N55°48.200 W4°47.419 (this location is just one of many where you can cross safely).Continue upwards towards the top of Box Law where you will find the crash site at N55°48.528 W4°46.855.The cache itself is situated slightly below the cairn at the summit of Box Law.
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