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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 51° 16.176'   W 001° 03.380'

Basing ,    Hampshire   
United Kingdom    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 16 Feb 2003
Waypoint (Landmark): N004FE
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Normal
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps gps half gps (moderate)
Terrain:   gps gps half gps (moderate)
Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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This cache is lovely in the summer. Not too bad in winter either...
Park in the car park off Barton's Lane. If the public car park is shut, park in the pub's car park. The pub is called The Millstone or Barton's mill. You can see directions at . All facilities are at the pub.

Follow the little path past the pub under the big railway bridge along the river. I think the river is called the river Loddon.

You will have to cross the road. I suggest you take some welly boots with you or wait until it is dry in summer. I don't think you will be able to take a push chair down the last part towards the cache. Track the co-ordinates to find the cache.

More history about the area and the lovely Grange barn and Old Basing house can be found at .

At time of placing the cache contained:

- Playmobil man
- notebook and pencil
- Mike Keyring (from monsters inc.)
- Rabbit / Man toy
- Orange Childrens Book
- 10 Pfennig coin
- Alien soft toy

Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:


! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ? @ ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . /

Clues:    decode
  • Clue 1 
    Pebff gur ebnq naq ybbx sbe n ovt gerr gung unf snyyra npebff gur evire> Pebff vg>
  • Clue 2 
    Haqre n ubevmbagny gerr>
  • Clue 3 
    Gur gerr unf ybgf bs ovt oenpxrg shatv tebjvat bhg bs vg>
  • Clue 4 
    Gur pnpur vf pbirerq va zbff fb arneyl vaivfvoyr>

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Note 22 Aug 2010 by  sandvika   (Finds: 51   Score: 142.5)   (Hidden: 13   Score: 66.5)
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Checked today, all fine and dry.
Note 07 May 2009 by  sandvika   (Finds: 51   Score: 142.5)   (Hidden: 13   Score: 66.5)
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Thanks for allowing me to maintain this cache :) Replaced the old lock 'n' lock with a large ammo box. The ammo box was pre-filled at home with most of the swaps that came out of the 20 or so caches we archived recently, so with what remained in the old cache (not a lot, to be honest, but it was all dry) it's now a rich prize for young cachers, besides the adventure of the journey to and from the cache.
I found it! 18 Feb 2009 by  sandvika   (Finds: 51   Score: 142.5)   (Hidden: 13   Score: 66.5)
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This cache has been on my todo list for a very long time.... Today was the day and it did not disappoint. A very nice cache, lovely access required. We really enjoyed the adventure of crawling over the river...twice and managed to remain dry, if muddy!

TFTC, Sandvika. NC #28, Total #764
I found it! 17 Feb 2007 by  heffalump007   (Finds: 40   Score: 143)   (Hidden: 5   Score: 10)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Nice caching area I did this with arnoldthekillersheep who crossed first what a great satisfaction once I crossed both ways with out falling in. TFTC Thank you did not relise that this was a Navicache cool

Signed the Log 12:40hrs 17/2/07

I found it! 27 Dec 2004 by  servisal   (Finds: 3   Score: 10)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
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Definitely my most interesting geocaching experience to date.

I'd read a bit about the cache, and so wore my waterproof hiking boots as a bit of a precaution, but it's been dry the last week or so, so thought they probably wouldn't be necessary. In the event, wellies would have been more appropriate, or in my case, waders, but now I'm getting ahead of myself.

Despite a number of other dubious candidates, I located the correct log just where the description says it should be. I paused to take a couple of photos, and then with more caution than I displayed after this, put the camera in my back pack rather than my pocket, thinking that should I follow in the footsteps of Robin into the water, my backpack would be more waterproof than my pocket. I ventured out across the log and was very pleased to make the other side.

Then it was just a matter of following the arrow on the GPSr to the cache, until I arrived at a little stream, with the GPSr telling me the cache was about 50 ft on the other side of it. This wee bit of water conveniently had some logs layed across it, and what's more, the remains of the front of a canoe. I tested the strength of the fibreglass canoe, but found it wanting, and not fancying the look of the logs thought I'd find a different path across the brook. Wandering slightly to my right, I walked across some reeds, through a bit of marsh, and crossed the stream via a branch growing across the stream, only to find I had crossed just a tributary, and still had another bit of stream to cross. But as before, there were several logs together forming a bit of a bridge, which not having many other options I began to cross. All was well until a couple of steps from the shore the log on which I was standing tipped and I found myself waist deep in water and mud. My first thought was, "Glad Garmin make these things waterproof," as I lifted my Vista out of the water and put in on the opposite bank, followed quickly by, "But all my other equipment isnt," followed by, "Just as well I put the camera in my bag," followed by, "Maybe I should get out of the stream, followed by, "I wonder if my phone insurance covers stupidity and falling in water," while I scrambled out. Fortunately the water had not got into my bag, I'd put my phone in the pocket of my jacket instead of where it normally is in my jeans, and my wallet was only slightly wet.

I continued to follow the arrow, until, you guessed it, I came to a stream with the GPSr telling me the cache was 50 ft ahead of me. I looked up, and there was a very likely looking hiding spot on the other side. I looked left, and there was a very familiar bit of canoe. I was already wet, and decided Id just walk across the stream. I took one step into the stream, and my leg disappeared into the mud. Fortunately the other leg was still on the bank, so I pulled the first leg out, and thought about other ways of getting across. Passing through a muddy patch both my legs disappeared into the mud up to my waist. I'll confess to a moment or two of panic while I tried to recall all I knew about quicksand, which wasnt much, but managed to get both legs above ground with the help of a few branches lying on the ground. Crossed the stream by sliding down the trunk of a tree which grew diagonally across the stream (refilling my boot with water), and the cache was where I suspected.

Took nothing, left a Dutch 50cent coin. Signed the log, and noted that the previous finders had also had visions of becoming stuck forever in the bog.

Then it was just a squelching stinking cold walk back to the log followed by many, "I did it once, I can do it again, and this water looks deeper so I really don't want to fall in," thoughts to get me across, followed by a walk back to the car, and a sodden drive home to wash myself, my clothes, my boots, the bath and the floor.

So, in summary. When the description says boggy, it really does mean boggy, and you only need to do one Robin Hood.

I found it! 28 May 2004 by  Vincent   (Finds: 1   Score: 5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Non-commercial use only
This was our first cache. The river crossing was a little worrying, but no harm done except muddy feet! Difficult to find at first, but it was pretty much where the GPS said it was. Great fun, thank you.
I found it! 10 Jun 2003 by  lovechoc   (Finds: 1   Score: 5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
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My first attempt and my first find. A bit tricky to find didnt know how hard it would be, but after some seeking and nearly getting stuck in mud it was there right where the GPS said it would be. Great fun and a tricky one to get to, not for the faint hearted !
I found it! 10 Feb 2003 by  Rangers of Ithilien   (Finds: 1   Score: 5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
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Found the cache. I personally felt it was a very insecure location however, I cant suggest anywhere there which is more suitable. It is however a lovely place.

For anyone interested, the barn has an incredible/spooky atmosphere inside it.

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