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East Lothian Woodland Walks 1: Butterdean Wood Traditional Geocache

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Jack Aubrey: The cache location has been grubbed up to prepare for drainage work. The box would need to be relocated a good way off, in effect becoming a new cache. Perhaps, with new cachers emerging in East Lothian, it is time for this one to retire and leave the area free for new ventures?

Hidden : 01/15/2006
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Geocache Description:

First in a short series of woodland walks in East Lothian. The cache is concealed just outside the boundary of land owned and managed by the Woodland Trust Scotland but can be easily accessed during a circular walk around the wood.

From the village of Gladsmuir on the A199 take the small road south which is signposted to Butterdean Wood. You can park at N 55.56.780 W 002.52.008 on the access path to the wood. Be considerate; and be careful when you reverse back onto the road. Visibility is not good. There is also a map and information board. This tells you that the earliest record of Butterdean Wood dates from 1682, when it was part of Gledsmuir (“the moor of the black kites”) and appears mostly to have been willow and birch. But there is a much more interesting - and earlier - reference quoted in an article in the Woodland Trust's magazine "Broadleaf", which tells us that "At 10 o’clock one night in 1649, the story goes, Isabel and Margaret Bartilman met the devil and danced with him at ‘Butterdam’. "

In the 18th century a church occupied part of the south east corner of the site but was demolished in 1790.

On 6 August 1850 ‘it was resolved that a hospital should be established for the reception of poor, sick and strangers during the harvest’. There are no visible remains of Butterdean House today, although a local resident remembers it as a ruin when she was a girl in the 1920s.

The wood was purchased by the Forestry Commission after the Second World War and part of the area is still dominated by characteristic ranks of conifers.

Since 1988, when most of the wood was purchased by the Trust and part by East Lothian Council, it has been managed with a view to returning it to native broadleaved trees.

More information about the Woodland Trust can be found at The Woodland Trust website

You can do the cache on an “out and back” route, but it is worth taking the circular walk. The circuit of the wood makes a pleasant 45 minute or so stroll and a couple of rounds give a good short run. The area is a popular choice for exercising dogs and children. It is basically flat going but the paths can be very muddy and there are plenty of obstructions – so don’t try pushing a buggy! When it is quieter, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen, including roe deer and badger at the right times (you can spot a large sett from the path). It is a wood, so the tree cover may well interfere with GPS reception. But the area where the cache is situated gives a clear view of the sky. By the same token, it is open to observation, so take care when retrieving and rehiding the cache.

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