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Tintagel, Cornwall

Panoramic view of Tintagel Castle

Panoramic view of Tintagel Castle

Last week I took the geokids to Cornwall for a few days, so that Wolfie could spend some of the summer break with her boyfriend (yes I made him cache too). Anyway, Cadence and I found ourselves at a bit of a lose end on the Wednesday.  The weather was overcast but still warm and we really didn’t fancy a boring day at our basic campsite (it hadn’t got anything there for children to do).

As I had always dreamed of visiting the home of King Arthur of Camelot, with a romanticism of the medieval past imagined from all the stories, novels and television shows that have fuelled my enthusiasm for English history for as long as I can remember, we hopped into the car, loaded the GPSr to direct us and headed out.

The Old Post Office, Tintagel

The Old Post Office, Tintagel

The first thing we noticed about Tintagel was the age. There were ancient buildings amongst modern builds. One beautiful example was The Old Post Office described by The National Trust as “a 14th-century yeoman’s farmhouse -With a famously wavy slate roof and over 600 years of history”, and then there were the tourists. They were everywhere. (Now of course I knew that we were tourists that day too, but at least we had the decency to walk on pavements rather than in the road.)

Cadence loves a good sculpture

Cadence loves a good sculpture

Sorry I got distracted… back to ancient Cornwall. As I said there were beautiful buildings (I do love ancient architecture especially knowing a little about the crude tools that were used to build these perfect homesteads), and there was one little place where we were able to sit and admire Fore Street in all it’s hustle & bustle and bag ourselves a geocache at the same time. Tintagel – Extreme Stealth is a difficulty 3/terrain 1 traditional geocache in the heart of Fore Street, Tintagel. The cache owner, SMacB, describes it as “Nano, extreme stealth required. Possibly one of the busiest areas of the village” and repeatedly mentions stealth is required. Now here was a challenge we were not going to pass up. With a scratch of my leg the cache was in my hand and the passers by had no idea I was acting suspiciously, log duly signed and with another scratch or two the cache was returned to it’s home and the tourist’s were none the wiser.

Halfway up the cliff trail to Tintagel

Halfway up the cliff trail to Tintagel

Job done it was time to find Tintagel Castle to see if it lived up to my high expectations. The easiest way to do this was to follow everyone else as they all were going to and coming from the same direction. In no time at all, Cadence and I were trekking down a very steep and very long footpath & unmade road towards what is possibly one of the most famous attractions in the UK – Tintagel Castle. Home of legends, myths and magic.

On the crest of the cliff's

On the crest of the cliff’s

Despite the looming grey clouds which have a tendancy to make everything look miserable, I was still in awe of the medieval structure, although now all in ruins it still looks impressive and you can just imagine how imposing and intimidating it must have been at the height of King Arthur’s reign. Atop the opposite cliff looking over at the towering heights I felt very much at peace and at home. We spent a long time with mouths agape, speechless, at the top of Tintagel, imaging the knights enjoying their banquets and Merlin hiding out in his cave at the mouth of the sea.

Merlin's Cave

Merlin’s Cave

A time well spent dreaming and back to the task in hand – finding the geocache. Tintagel Castle was placed by Lunchbox back in Sept 2001 and has accrued a staggering 151 favourite points. Well knowing it had that many favourites and 1,170 found logs, Cadence and I thought it may be an easy find. We followed the arrow in the direction of the cache, read the description when we were close to ground zero and the hint (because we couldn’t see any obvious hiding place) and began our search.

Looking in the wrong place

Looking in the wrong place

Because of the strong breeze I decided that it wasn’t a good idea for Cadence to join in this hunt, so left her in charge of the camera. After some belly crawling, finger tip searching and more belly crawling I gave up and we sat together enjoying the view while I read up on the found logs. That was when I discovered we were in fact too high up the cliff. We hunted around for the path described in the logs and on closer inspection my fear of heights got the better of me and we logged a “did not find”.

Despite our slight failure we were not despondant, we had enjoyed our time in Tintagel, dreamed glorious dreams of Camelot and were now ready to move on to the next village that held more hopes and dreams – Boscastle.

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Dodman Point, Cornwall

View along the path

View along the path

Dodman Point – GCY2ZB

On the hunt for interesting geocaches around Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula we came across many regular nano’s and micro’s, however amongst those was this one, Dodman Point. The land is managed by The National Trust, which has been helpful with my research on the area and provided us with a suitable parking place in Penare.

Granite Cross

Granite Cross

Dodman Point is the highest headland on the south coast of Cornwall. (I measured the altitude as 353ft above sea level.) It has awesome views and a great deal of history attached to it. So much so that the headland is popular with archaeologists.

At the cross, 353ft above sea level

At the cross, 353ft above sea level

 

The National Trust page about Dodman Point states that the headland is home to a massive Iron Age earthwork, known as a promontory fort or cliff castle, however on our walk we didn’t see any evidence of this. More history is evident though. After a good half mile walk off in the distance we spotted a huge cross, made of granite and standing high above our heads. It is said that the cross was erected in 1896 by Rev. G Martin as a navigational aid for seafairers. But it failed to save two warships the following year and more recently, the pleasure boat “Darlwin” sank with all passengers on board in 1996.

In the firm hope of the second coming of our Lord JESUS CHRIST and for the encouragment of those who strive to serve HIM this cross is erected A.D 1896

In the firm hope of the second coming of our Lord JESUS CHRIST and for the encouragment of those who strive to serve HIM this cross is erected A.D 1896

All around the Bulwark there remains evidence of the Iron Age strip-field system, some areas have been made into larger fields, but those that remain are now being controlled to preserve them for longer, as the area is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Following the path in the direction of the geocache (I almost forgot I was out geocaching), we came across more history. This time it was an 18th century signal station (or watch house).

“In past centuries, prominent hills and headlands around Britain were equipped with fire beacons to warn of sea-borne raids and invasion. These beacons were the source of the series of fire and smoke that was seen by the Armada along the Cornish coast on 20 July 1588.” (The National Trust)

 

The Watch House

The Watch House

The Royal Navy set up a series of these stations around the coast in response to the war with France in 1795. The stations would communicate through a series of marks on a flagpole and outriggers, they were communciated to and from the ships at sea and between each other. The stations would have been manned 24 hours a day, and at night the signals would have been made by fire and blue light.

At Dodman Point, this watch house is a fine example. The watch tower is still in good condition and has a remaining anchoring shackle for the flagpole. The building itself is only one room and now houses a bench for walkers to rest upon in bad weather. The garden wall also appeared to remain in tact. The Dodman watch house was used by the coast guard during the 19th century, and the flagpole remained until 1957 when it was lost in a storm.

Lookout Tower

Lookout Tower

What a great thing to find while out geocaching. This is one of the many reasons I love the GPS based activity. Especially when people such as Loose Lips Sink Ships place geocaches at sites of historical interest. Oh and I forgot to mention that the geocache is not the only thing we found high up on this headland. We also found our first Waymarker. My next task is to find out more about waymarking and to find out how to log the one we found here.

Waymarker

Waymarker

 

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St Just in Roseland, Cornwall

St Just in Roseland church

St Just in Roseland church

One of the ornate stained glass windows

One of the ornate stained glass windows

 

I’ve just got back from a few days away in Cornwall with my geokids. Reason for going – the eldest was missing her boyfriend! Reason for taking her to Cornwall to see her boyfriend – So I could geocache in a new place! And I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful places we encountered.

Here is just one of them, St Just in Roseland Church. Roseland has nothing to do with roses, it apparently comes from the Cornish word ros or roos, meaning promontory. Which is exactly what the Roseland Peninsula is. It is a little jutted out piece of land surrounded by sea, rivers and streams and spans approximately 10 miles by 10 miles (don’t quote me on that!).

Beautiful Celtic cross overlooking the bay

Beautiful Celtic cross overlooking the bay

I was bought here by a geocache (“of course!” I can hear you all cry), why else would I be here! However, we got terribly sidetracked from the hunt for Roseland #3 – “Captain Jack’s nuptials” when we spotted the intriguiing and beguiling cemetary beside the road. The huge, tall palm trees and exotic looking flowers were all it took for us to enter the grounds and discover a new world within.

Look at the size of this single leaf

Look at the size of this single leaf

As we looked around it was clear to see that St Just Church was part of the Celtic church and well established long before the arrival of St Augustine in England. It is said that there has been a church here as early as A.D 550, but the present church was consecrated in August 1261. About half the church is from that era, with the tower, south chancel and pillars dating from the 15th Century.

One of the many walkway plaques

One of the many walkway plaques

All along the main walkway down to the church itself and the bay, were stone (granite, I think) plaques with a variety of biblical scriptures on them. All beautiful and relevant to the surroundings, which added to the calming atmosphere within the boundaries. I was in awe of the tombstones, all laid out with precision in a kind of stepping layer cut into the hillside. Some were plain and some were intricately decorated. The earliest that we found was dated 1755, but I am sure that if you were to head deeper into the tree growth there would be some earlier than that.

An ornate headstone

An ornate headstone

Following the footpath round the outside of the church and alongside the bay, we came across a sign, pointing us towards a “holy well”. We had to investigate: the path towards it was serene and beautiful. The tide was out, so I imagine it looks more peaceful when the bay is filled. I bought a guide book from the porch of the church in the hopes it would have some information about the well. Having read it, there is nothing! I have heard a rumour that there was a man with a “gammy” leg who went to the well and bathed in it. After the bathing the problems with his leg were miraculously healed.

The Holy Well

The Holy Well

After seeing the well we decided that we should now find the geocache. We had been in the church gardens for about an hour. We took one of the many paths through the jungle of palm tress and tropical looking plants and came across a more modern part of the cemetary. With a stone bordered stream that led to a heart shaped pool. My only thought at this point was that I would like my final resting place to be somewhere like St Just in Roseland church.

Heart shaped pool

Heart shaped pool

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Dad’s Army – IGC2013

International Geocaching Day

International Geocaching Day

What will you be doing on Saturday 17th August 2013?

I personally will be attending another Kent County Geocacher’s meet. This month it is hosted by two members of The Royal Engineers, LA:RS and Geosoldier2647.  The meet in question is called “Dad’s Army” GC4F1FY.

Ryal Engineers

Royal Engineers

 

Standby…. Warning Order…

 


:INTENT – It is our intent to execute a monthly meeting within our tactical Area Of Responsibility. Sussex Cachers will cover us from the South and Essex Cachers to the North.

 

:MISSION – KCC are to seek out and sign the Logbook, ensuring Smileys are gained on Higher Commands mapping.

We will RV at: 1200 – 1500hours. Location – The Halfway House, Canterbury Road, Challock, TN25 4BB… where a transformation of new recruits (You Guys n Gals) into honorary Quasi-Geosoldiers for the day will take place!

You are required (if you so wish) to engage in the frivolity by attending in some form of Combat wear fancy dress…

The public house can be viewed over secure means at:

www.halfwayhousechallock.co.uk

Six OP’s (Observation Posts) will be in place for the event where you’ll have to visit and gather information on the Enemy location they’re all watching. (a field puzzle).

Dad's Army

Dad’s Army

So I’ve got my uniform starched and kit bag ready for the days mission. Sounds exciting – so much so that the event has made it onto the bookmark list for the 3rd Annual Geocaching day 2013. If you are unable to attend our event, why not check out the bookamrk list and see if there is one in your area.

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Kent MEGA 2014

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4th May 2014 

The Hop Farm
Maidstone Road
Paddock Wood

Kent, TN12 6PY

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WELCOME TO KENT MEGA 2014 IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND… 

 

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The Kent Mega Event 2014 will be held on the weekend of Friday 2nd May 2014. The main MEGA Event will be held at The Hop Farm in Kent on Sunday 4th May 2014. Other Satellite Events will be held at various locations around Kent.

What is a Mega-Event Cache?

A Mega-Event cache is an Event Cache that is attended by 500+ people. Mega-Events offer geocachers a day of planned activities. There are often several days of additional activities surrounding a Mega-Event. These large events attract geocachers from all over the world and are often held annually.

Help us please

Due to the anticipated number of participants at next years Kent Mega Event 2014 to be held on Sunday 4th May 2014, we would encourage you to pre-register. This would help our organising committee get a better handle on the number of people expected Click Here to register now!

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WIN WIN WIN

Register now to win a GSAK licence as soon as Groundspeak confirm we have Mega status we will get a random generator to pick out the winning name.

 

Book Now – SPECIAL OFFERcamping

Day Rate £15.00 (usually £19.50)
Three Day Rate £40.00
4th day Free of charge.
Electric hook up £4.50 per day

The camping telephone line is 01622 870838 and

you can also contact them by emailing touring@thehopfarm.co.uk

Please quote: Kent Mega 2014

 

SANDRA123 & KAT15 TAKE ON “GODZILLA”

Sandra123 & Kat15

Sandra123 & Kat15

After some persuasion from fellow geocachers Sandra123 and kat15 have agreed to take on ‘MBH – Godzilla ’98 Track 3’ GC441NM. They will be helped with this challenge by Geosoldier2647 and LA:RS! The date is going to be set soon for any supporters to come down and support them on their way.

“WARNING, THIS CACHE HAS DANGERS ATTACHED TO IT.

BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR ABILITY AND SKILL SET BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO ANYTHING.”

The ladies are doing this challenge to help raise funds for the Kent Mega 2014 Event, so please, please sponser them! 50p – £1 – £2 – £3 – £4 every little helps!

Good Luck Ladies. . .

You can sponser the girls Here

 

CONTACT THE TEAM

Click to Contact the Team

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Piratemania 6 – Farewell me ‘Earties

Monday 29 July 2013

Farewell me treasures

Farewell me treasures

This was the final day for all the Kent County Cachers, some were heading on to UK Mega 2013 just up the road at The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon and the rest were heading south back to Kent. We had a slow casual pack up and in between breaking camp the lads and geokids enjoyed a soaking water fight.

Wet and not because of the weather

Wet and not because of the weather

Smif247 breaking camp

Smif247 breaking camp

We were making great progress and managed to get everything loaded just as the thunder & rain began. Heading off site towards Stratford upon Avon for coffee refils at half 1pm. Hopefully we will be back in Kent by 5pm and in time for dinner…

Oops!

Oops!

Doesn’t look like we will be going anywhere just yet. That tyre is not going to make the 180 mile trip south. A quick internet search for the nearest Kwik-fit and we’re all good. Trouble was we would be hanging around for over an hour waiting for it to be fixed. This didn’t seem to phase any of the crew, the geokids spotted a toy & model shop next door, Much ado about Toys so took a gander as to what they could spend the last of their money on.

Geowolf97 finds a distraction

Geowolf97 finds a distraction

While I was in the toy shop with the children Nick the trucker went off to grab a few geocaches, Freeview situated outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Gregory’s Grab and Infomaniac (these caches were placed for WWFM VI – Stratforde – Ye Inhabitede Islande) and Smif247 took a wander around the market place (I have a distinct feeling he may of been playing that other gps location game[Ingress]).

Well an hour passed and the car was still outside the garage, by this point I had already written most of Piratemania 6 – Celebrity Visitors and was in need of more caffiene or I definitely wouldn’t make the drive home (the busy weekend was taking its toll on my health) so NTT and Geowolf97 went in search of a coffee shop. They found more than coffee, Geowolf had managed to get an ice cream out of NTT and they took a stroll along the river and found another narrow boat.

Excersising Misty

Excersising Misty

Narrow boat tea room

Narrow boat tea room

By the time they were back the car was ready and we could make our journey home. We finally left Stratford upon Avon at 4pm, we won’t be home by 5pm then. 30 minutes down the M40 and CadencetheGeokid announces she needs a comfort break!!! This meant another stop at the Junction 10 services, not content with making themselves comfortable, the rest of the crew decided they needed more food. We finally got away and continued our journey south. Once on the M25 we caught all the usual rush hour traffic which added another hour and a half to our journey.

As we were closing in on the Cobham services I was beginning to “crash” quite badly so another stop was needed for me to rest, down more caffiene and take my much needed pain killers so I complete the last hours journey.

Then…

With only 28 miles left to go my fuel light comes on.  I had only 20 miles left in the tank, and travelling at motorway speeds I knew this wasn’t going to get us home. A little careful coasting towards a nearby fuel station, I filled up the tank (slowly & stiffly, as by now I could hardly move) and we slugged along to our final destination.

Home at last, with cars unloaded by 20:30, that has got to be my longest journey yet. And I am already looking forward to the next camping UK Mega event, just three days from now.

Hoist the sails, it's time for the off

Hoist the sails, it’s time for the off

 

Farewell Pirates, see you on the open seas

Farewell Pirates, see you on the open seas

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Piratemania 6 – Camp Antics

Saturday night 27 July 2013

Things started to get a little out of hand once all the Kent geocachers returned to camp for the evening entertainment.

With the children safely deposited over by the bouncy castle, sumo wrestling and pirate childrens entertainer, Jack Sparrow, the “grown ups” began to get food sorted by queuing up for a very long time (in the pouring rain) at the Caribbean food tent.

Once the jerk chicken & curry mutton dishes had been scoffed the grog was getting poured in copious amounts. So much so, that we began to witness Gary exhibiting some odd behaviour.

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Not for the faint of heart

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Bacas behind!

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Gary sent to the crow’s nest

Dinner complete and it was time for the evening entertainment. The main hall was opened up and the Real Ale tent open for business. The geocaching fraternity had the pleasure of a live band “The Rude Boys” playing a good mix of Ska music and much loved cover songs.

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The Rude Boys

Our hosts for the weekend Pop up Pirate and The Cachehoppers got stuck in with the singing and dancing too.

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A little too much grog!

I am led to believe that a generous amount of alcohol was consumed throughout the evening and into the early hours of the morning, safe from the heavy rain inside the large hall. It certainly looked like little miss naughty and The Cachehoppers had a most enjoyable time.

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The Cachehoppers & little miss naughty enjoying the music & grog

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Piratemania 6 – The Main Event

Saturday 27 July 2013

After a good night’s sleep we awoke to beautiful sunshine and a pleasant temperature. However we did find gas problems. TeamFayers were having issues with their regulator and our gas had expired. Thankfully last night’s fire was still smoldering so we got it up and running so the crew could have a cooked breakfast.

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Nick the trucker stoked the fire and cooked us a hearty breakfast

Registration, trackable swaps and new caches took place from half 9… And many of us uploaded our gps receivers with a plethora of geocaches and waited for a dip in temperature before heading out.

Smif247 and I took a wander around with sidderz through Stratford upon Avon picking up the usual local caches, enjoying the scenery and architecture.

We began with Off Course, it seemed rude not as it was at the entrance to Stratford Racecourse, then followed the footpath towards SMJR Walk and Paddock Lane.  We then progressed towards town via Really Sidetracked and Trinity Tryst, so called as there were three different denomination churches all facing each other.

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Random stream beside a residential garden

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Holy Trinity Church across the River Avon

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Footbridge close to the Colin P Witter lock

The weather was hot and muggy but we carried on towards Stratford’s theatre area and the River Avon. By this point I was getting tired and achy so instead of walking to the nearest foot bridge decided we would cross the river via the chain ferry.

1930s chain ferry

1930s chain ferry

Our next stop was at a cache called River Avon Navigation where we spent a while watching the lock in use and our geopup took a swim to cool down. Sidderz junior also helped out with opening/closing the lock.

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Misty taking Rick for a paddle

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Sidderz junior helping with lock gates

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Lock information

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Narrow boat cruising the River Avon

After a good break we carried on towards the racecourse to pick up the tail end of the Piratemania 6 caches. Starting with PVI #14 – Merchant man. Having not seen any pirates all day it came as a bit of a shock when hoardes of scurvy crews were rapidly descending upon us along the narrow river footpath.

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A rather ornate footpath gate

We knew we were nearing the end when we came across a very old railway bridge. A bridge (not) too far is located at Stannal’s Bridge, where the old railway bridge crosses the Avon.

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Stannals Bridge

Unfortunately we had to Dnf (did not find) the geocache but in the distance I could see the campsite. The give away was all the flags swaying in the breeze.

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Piratemania 2013 and Stratford Racecourse

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Piratemania 6 – Stinging Trackable

Friday 26 July 2013

As a geocacher we do enjoy discovering trackables, today has seen the most unusual trackable to date.

The geokids heard that The Flying Boots were on site and had bought their reptiles along with them. Well, the kids were off to check them out along with Nick the trucker and sidderz. Turns out that their scorpion is a trackable pet and to claim the discovery you must have your photo taken with Sting the Scorpion.

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Geowolf97 & Sting

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Nick the trucker looking a little nervous

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A confident Sidderz

Cadence wasn’t quite so brave but was comfortable to have a “cuddle” with their 60 year old tortoise.

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CadencetheGeokid holding a tortoise six times her senior

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