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If anyone finds the final they can keep it but it is wet and has a whole in the lid.


Thomas West Dunmallard Station (Cumbria)

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Hidden : 05/27/2006
2 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Dunmallard is not one of 21 stations Thomas West describes in his book 'A Guide to the Lakes, Cumberland and Westmorland'. Instead it is an extra one of two added after West died in 1782, the year after his book was re-published. This station is shown on Peter Crosthwaite's map, published shortly after, as being on top of the hill, which is an iron age fort. Trees have matured to ruin the view. Can be found in snow.

See owner log of 17 January 2016.

Thomas West describes 21 'stations' or viewpoints in the first guide book to the Lake District. Copies available to read in most Cumbrian libraries. Peter Crosthwaite of Keswick, published in 1794, outline maps showing these stations around the 4 major lakes West describes. Coniston Water has 4 stations, Windermere has 5, Derwentwater has 8 and Bassenthwaite lake has 4.

This is one of two additional stations added for travellers approaching the Lakes from the east. All the stations were chosen for scenic view and charm, making ideal geocache locations. Nowadays trees have matured to obstruct some of the views. Look out for other Thomas West geocaches.

Start your walk through the swing gate at Car Park Entrance on north west side of the bridge. Turn either left or right. Masochists go straight up following their arrow. Left takes you to the boundary metal fence, where a rougher path leads to cache site. Right gradually rises to path junction and swing gate out of wood. Opposite this gate is rougher path ascending to iron age fort. Cache is in a clearing.

Gpsr signal may be poor under tree canopy. Advanced detection skills may be needed. There is a clearing near the cache. Approach from Ullswater side will take you through a 'stunning display' of bluebells in Spring (stonefielders log April 2007)

All the stations are marked on Peter Crosthwaite's maps, which are now available online.

Cache is sparse as a SOTAcache, containing:

  • Log book
  • Pencil
  • eraser
  • WoW card
None of above are swaps.
Plus a couple of plastic trinkets

Cache was BIOKIPS clear plastic container.
Size 12 x 8 x 5 cm internal. Room for small swaps and calling cards.

Four of the Thomas West geocaches contain information to find a bonus Thomas West location and cache.

All the Thomas West caches are
GCVVGF Thomas West Bassenthwaite Lake Stations (Cumbria)
GCWAW0 Thomas West Bonus Station (Cumbria)
GCVTDK Thomas West Brant Fell Station (Cumbria)

GCWZY0 Thomas West Coniston Water Stations (Cumbria)
GCVZYX Thomas West Derwentwater Stations (Cumbria)
GCWVCW Thomas West Dunmallard Station (Cumbria)

GCVPHG Thomas West Rawlinson Nab Station (Cumbria)
GCVPGK Thomas West Windermere on Water Station (Cumbria)

Things to remove from a cache and not to swap in the first instance. Food stuff, sweets, batteries, coins, plasters (Band-Aid) anything in a sachet, anything liquid, marker pens.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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