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A Bodger's Inclinometer

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Hidden : 11/11/2006
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Geocache Description:

A short (1/3 mile) offset cache where you will need specialist equipment to calculate the location of the cache box. However, the fun in this cache is to bodge together this 'specialist equipment' from items readily available in most households. This one is not recommended at night as you won’t be able to see the target building after dark! Allow a little longer here as you may have to try searching more than one cache location if your measurements are not accurate.

This cache is wheelchair accessible. However, the recommended route through the church and across the field cannot be followed in a wheelchair so you need to follow the separate 'Wheelchair Access' guidance below. Initial Handicache rating = H31112 using this diversion.

The coordinates for this listing are not for the cache box itself but for a site you need to visit to solve a clue to find the cache. You will need to take an inclinometer with you, your specialist scientific equipment, in order to calculate the clue. I’m guessing that most of us don’t have ready access to one of these but, fear ye not, for all you need is a spirit level, a straight edge and a protractor to make your own - hence the name ‘A Bodger’s Inclinometer’! A very large protractor will be necessary unless your eyesight is top notch. To bodge one of these just download this file and print it out at its full size (A4) on an acetate sheet. If you don’t have a spirit level then you might be able to make do with two tumblers (see below).

It is strongly recommended that you park at the suggested parking shown in Additional Waypoints below, go into the church yard then take the short walk across the field, using the footpath, to the cache coordiantes. The total journey there and back is only 1/3 mile and takes you past a delightful church, across meadow and keeps you off the roads.

The Clue
At the location given in the coordianates for this cache you will find a short footbridge over a rhyne (this footbridge is currently broken following an accident but that won’t hinder your quest). Looking around from this spot you will see an old and fairly prominent building which is vertically challenged, and I don’t mean it’s just short! Once you are there it will be very obvious to you. Your challenge is to work out, from this vantage point, how challenged this building is to the nearest degree by using your inclinometer.

Locals who know the area can probably guess the target building and might think that this clue can be solved using data on the Wonderful Whizzy Web; but they’d be wrong! It is not the total angle of lean but the angle as seen from this vantage point that is required – we can’t have anybody cheating now, can we?!

The Cache
Once you have calculated the angle of lean then multiply the number of degrees off the vertical by 100 to give you ABC. The cache is then to be found at the following location:
N51o 21.9(B+2)A W002o 51.3BC
It is hiddden in a public place - you do NOT need to venture onto private property, however, you may need to be stealthy if there are muggles around, you don't want to look suspicious do you? When trading cache items please remember the geocaching guidance ‘Trade up or Even’.

If you can’t find the cache at your first attempt then you might have to adjust your angle. Just one degree off will make a difference! The difficulty rating of this cache has been upped accordingly. Good Luck! Incidentally, the inclined building is well worth of a visit whilst you’re here. It is generally unlocked in daylight hours. You might even consider a contribution to their cause.

If you don’t own a spirit level - the real bodge job!
I’m not going to explain how to use a spirit level and protractor to calculate the angle – if you can’t work this out for yourself then you’re not a bodger and you don't deserve to find this cache! However, if your resources don’t stretch to a spirit level then I have sympathy. Instead you can use 2 tumblers, one needs to be as wide as possible but not wider than the base of your protractor. Place this tumbler at the clue location. Using whatever packing is to hand, level this tumbler by filling it to the top with water from the rhyne using the second tumbler. Place the protractor on the leveled tumbler and sight the challenged building through the protractor et voila! If you don’t have a protractor or can’t print out the one above then go and buy a cheap geometry set from a pound shop, you can always use it as a cache trade afterwards.

Wheelchair Access
Unfortunately the suggested route through the church and across the field is not accessible so those in wheelchairs can either walk around the road (1/3 mile each way) or drive direct to the coordiantes to work out the clue. WARNING: If you choose to walk round the road there is no pavement on this route. Whilst it is not a busy road there are plenty of bad drivers around (you'll seee that some plonker has take out the footbridge you are making for!) so you will need to exercise extreme caution, especially if you have children in your party. I would personally suggest that wheelchair users drive direct to the coordinates and park on the offside corner at this location as near to the kerb as possible. You won’t be here long, your car will be visible to drivers approaching from both directions and it will shield you from passing cars. You may also be able to solve the clue from your vehicle without getting out. Once you have worked out the clue you can then drive to the cache coordinates.

Further information:
I honestly don’t know steadymarvin, the author of this website, but being a great fan of Wikipedia I found the following entry on the area, and the whloe website, most amusing – click Encyclopedia Spuria! There are links from here to many more highly amusing pages and I’m waiting to see the Encyclopedia Spuria entry for Geocaching develop – come on now, there’s a challenge if ever I saw one!

To see a 1:50K Ordnance Survey map showing the parking location, copy the coordiates (below) and paste them into this website
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