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The cache is located close to the Rolls Royce (Ansty) site. This has an interesting industrial heritage going back to 1935 when it was farmland. A total of approximately 300 acres were acquired to form a training school for pilots from 1935 to 1952.
As a shadow factory during the Second World War, under the umbrella of the Standard Motor Company, a large number of Airspeed Oxford Training aircraft and Mosquitos were finally assembled and flight tested.
During 1940 Armstrong Siddeley (Parkside, Coventry) started to transfer its aero engine development to Ansty and some of these test beds are still there. Python, Mamba, Viper and Sapphire engines were all designed, developed and manufactured by "The Siddeley" at Parkside and Ansty. Armstrong Siddeley became Bristol Siddeley and then Rolls Royce.
Over the last thirty years or so, the site was the Rolls Royce centre for the Industrial and Marine Division. This group identified the aero engines that could be designed and developed to provide the thrust that via power turbines could produce power or propel ships. Gas and oil pumping on the world’s pipe lines use aero derived Avons and the more up to date RB211’s designed and developed here. Other activities that took place included rocket design and development for Blue Steel and Black Knight amongst many other projects.
In the early fifties a few motor cycling events were held on the perimeter track, the most notable competitor being Geoff Duke who inevitably held the lap record of 87.7mph.
On to the cache. It is a multicache, comprising a micro and a standard cache. There is verge parking for a couple of cars at N52 25.368 W001 24.023. The route to the micro is along a bridleway, with a view of one side of the Rolls Royce site. The micro is at N52 25.332 W001 24.297. The micro contains the coordinates for the final cache.
The second part follows an unmarked public footpath, with a stile to cross (note no steps). Initially use the field boundary as a guide. This path also crosses a culvert and a stream, via a footbridge. TAKE GREAT CARE AT THE CULVERT, as the vegetation can hide the edge, with a 2m drop. Close to the cache is a ruined building. This may appear interesting, but is private property.
This is the 10th in a series of caches created by ‘A Coventry Way Association’. The association was originally formed to promote a long distance footpath, A Coventry Way, and to support local authorities in the path’s maintenance. Our primary aim was to encourage people to discover and use the local countryside. A book of 21 Circular Walks was produced, broadly based on the main walk. Our plan is to set out a series of caches, located on or near each of the 21 walks. See ‘www.acoventryway.org.uk’ for further information.
The cache is small, 1.5-litre Tupperware-style box, containing the normal stuff. It is located on a public footpath just off walk 11. This 9 or 6.5 mile walk starts at Coombe Country Park visitor centre (N 52 24.745 W 001 24.549 – charge for parking) and gives the option of picking up ‘Don’t Make A Habit Of It’ cache. Note there is no direct access from RollerWay cache to Coombe Park.
The recommended verge parking spot involves a round trip of about 1 mile.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum