Moor Green Lakes Safari Multi-cache
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Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve has been
established through the careful restoration of gravel workings.
This is an important site for breeding and wintering birds and
there are three lakes with gravel islands that attract wildfowl
for breeding and loafing. A number of scrapes have also been
created to attract wading birds. Over 200 species of bird have
been recorded in this area of the Blackwater Valley.
I make no apologies for making this quite a long multi, but I am
sure you will enjoy your walk. It will take you around
the lakes to the north of the River Blackwater on an out and
back with a loop at the far end. Unfortunately there is no
lakeside access to the north making a full circular route
impossible. The round trip is just under 4 miles and should
take you just over an hour at a leisurely pace. Cache is OK
for pushchairs providing you are OK lifting them over a couple of
stiles on the way.
Your journey begins at the Moor Green Lakes car park to the north
west of the lakes close to Moor Green Farm shown on the map
(Streetmap link). Here there is parking
for around a dozen vehicles on a good surface. The
car park closes in the evenings, so be sure to be back before
the time shown at the entrance. The cache is placed outside the
At the following waypoints note the information required, and
substitute the letters for numbers in the formula for the final
At the southern end of the car park there is a noticeboard.
Note the telephone number 01252 33135A
Now go through the A-gate and take the footpath heading south
around the lake. You will pass mineral workings on the right
and Colebrook Lake North on your left. The mineral workings
will become part of the nature reserve over the coming decade (I
remember this whole reserve as gravel pits some 15 years ago)
Continue walking south until you reach the River Blackwater
and a fork in the path, then turn left.
Note the date on the bench. 199B - 2003
Continue walking down the path keeping the River Blackwater on your
There is an old sign here - something quite unique. Number of
yards = CD
Continue along the path until you reach Mill Lane, then take the
footpath on your left heading around Horseshoe Lake. You will
pass through the Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre. Carry on
walking through the centre keeping the lake on your left.
Another bench. Note the dates 19E0 - 2004.
Carry on around the lake. After a short while you will come
to a boardwalk, taking you between Horseshoe and Colebrook lakes
back to the Blackwater path.
How many silver bands attach the Horsehoe Lake sign to its uprights. Total
number = F
You now have all the information required to locate the cache.
Substitute the numbers for letters in the following grid and
perform the calculation:
The cache can be found
at: N51 21. (A+1) (B+6) (C+3) W0 50. (D-1) (E+4)
HINT: It's a fair walk between WP5 and the cache, but you might
just be going that way anyway... ;-)
You are looking for a small snap-lock container containing the
logbook, pen, and a few swaps. Please be careful to replace
the cache so it's secure and well covered.
Ghpxrq vagb gur vil oruvaq gerr ng rlr yriry. Zvaq gur ubefrf!