Between a Rock and a Hard Place
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A gentle stroll through beautiful woodland on a very well defined all weather path with good GPS reception. Great views of the Black Mountains.
The Suck Stone is said to be the biggest distinct rock in Britain. It measures approximately 60'x40'x26' and is thought to weigh in the region of 30,000 tons - so don't try moving it to get to the cache. Behind the stone is Near Hearkening Rock, which is popular with rock climbers.
To the immediate west of the path the woods drop 300', though this is not a sheer enough drop to pose any danger and reveals great views.
This walk is particularly attractive in the autumn, with a huge array of colours as far as the eye can see. The path stays very dry all year round.
When you've finished please place the cache carefully into it's hidey hole and cover well.
P.S. Don't walk on the plywood behind the stone as it's extremely slippery. I have the bruises to prove it!
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- Bob looking very small next to the Suck Stone
- Google EarthThe Suck Stone is so large it shows up clearly on Google Earth. Ignore the location of the cache. GE is pretty inaccurate when it comes to showing these. It's actually directly behind the stone from the path - in the clearing.
- Spoiler. Cache location is in this picture.
- View from the pathThis was taken early on 19/11/2006 on the first of two visits today. We walked past the stone, down to Biblins Footbridge, followed the river round to Monmouth and then came up the Wysis way. A terrific walk.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum