The cache is a small black official geocaching canister. It is hidden in Bradbourne Lakes Park in Sevenoaks, Kent. Roadside parking can best be found on either Lambarde Road or Betenson Avenue. The park is a very popular place for families to visit and feed the ducks and so a great deal of stealth will be required to locate the cache without attracting unwarranted attention during the day and especially at weekends. There are lots of ducks and geese of all shapes and sizes. For a map of the park see the photo below.
Once you get close to the cache it should be fairly easy to find as it is close to the path but it will probably need an adult to locate it. Please remember to replace the cache exactly as you found it so that it is not immediately visible to casual passers-by walking past on the path. The cache contains a small log but you will need to bring your own pen/pencil to update the log.
For the first to find, I have included a pound coin and a US one cent that has been “stamped” in the Children’s Zoo in Central Park, New York, USA (see photo).
The lakes once formed part of the grounds of Bradboune Hall which was a short distance to the west of the park. The lakes were laid out by Henry Bosville who owned the estate until his death in 1761. The estate passed through several hands until in 1870 it was sold to welsh coal mine owner Francis Crawshay, who was an authority on Druidical Law and erected many stone monoliths in lines and circles throughout the grounds. One of these monoliths is situated in the park (see photo) and many others still stand today in the gardens of houses that now occupy the land. After Crawshay’s death the estate eventually declined and, as Sevenoaks grew, land was sold off for building. The Hall itself was sold in 1927 and was subsequently demolished. The lakes were acquired by Sevenoaks District Council in 1935.
More information about the lakes and Bradbourne Hall can be found on the web-site run by the Bradbourne Park Residents’ Association (http://www.bradbourne.org/)
We hope that you enjoy the cache.