Geocache Quick Search
By ZIP Code:  



cache type Microsoft on Thames cache size

by Robin Lovelock
(Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)

printer version Printer Version    Spy on this cache. Spy on this Cache
Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 51° 28.016'   W 000° 55.439'

Sonning ,    Berkshire   
United Kingdom    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 12 Sept 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N000D3
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Unknown
Cache size:    Unknown

Difficulty:   gps half gps (easy)
Terrain:   gps half gps (easy)


We have not implemented maps outside of the U.S.A. ... YET!

Additional maps for this cache available at: logo logo

The "Microsoft on Thames" geocache is named after the fact that it is walking distance from Microsoft's new European headquarters, near the River Thames, on the eastern outskirts of Reading. "Lean over, with your back to the river", is the clue you may need for this one. Plan on a pleasant walk of between one and two hours - depending on where you park, and how fast you walk :-)

The cache is a small tupperware box, just big enough for disposable camera, logbook and a few small "toys" - please bring something tiny :-) Don't forget to take a picture - maybe at the more scenic Sonning end, leaving a note in the logbook at what time you borrowed the camera - to cover the unlikely event that someone is just behind you.

The walk eastward to Sonning is to be reccomended, with plenty to see such as the lock, bridge, church and pubs :-) However - Sonning is a very difficult place to find car parking - so be warned: better to park at the Reading end.

Easiest route to this place by car is to take the A329M to Reading, and keep on it to the roundabout at the very end, to the Thames Valley Business Park.

A few yards after leaving this roundabout, turn left into a free carpark. This carpark is at one end of a large grass meadow which will take you ten minutes to walk to the other end. If you want to save 5 or 10 minutes walk, you might think of parking on the big road that runs alongside it. This is OK at some hours, but not 0730-0930 in the morning, or 1530-1830 in afternoon/evening because it is an Urban Freeway, with signs telling you not to stop in these "rush hour" times.

The walk alongside the Thames, past Geocache to Sonning, will take you about 35 minutes each way. Landmarks include a glimpse of the roof of the Microsoft building from the meadow, a small wildlife sanctuary, the woods where boys from the Bluecoat School play, a boathouse, Sonning Lock, and Sonning Village with its old church and similarly ancient pubs.

You will find more Lovelock caches on

If you wish to contact Robin and want a reply,
please email him direct on

If you do this through a geocaching web site,
please make sure you include your email address.
Robin regrets that he may not reply to those
who seek to hide who they are. Please include
at least your name and email address.

Note Add a Log Entry

CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

Note 19 Apr 2010 by  Robin Lovelock   (Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)
     Open Log:    Unrestricted
Thanks Amberel. I remember this was planted soon after 911 in September 2001. As I recall, this was where the final cache was placed, but the lat/lon on this page takes you to a clue ticket which has the lat/lon of the cache itself. But it was a long time ago :-)
Note 19 Apr 2010 by  Amberel   (Finds: 61   Score: 201.5)   (Hidden: 2   Score: 11.5)
     Open Log:    Non-commercial use only
At the weekend, a Groundspeak cacher found a Robin Lovelock cache in an oak tree ten to fifteen metres from Sonning Bridge on the path towards Sonning Lock. Apparently it is in a parlous state.

As no cache is listed at that location, it seems highly likely to me that a muggle has moved this cache.

Rgds, Andy
I found it! 21 Apr 2009 by  heffalump007   (Finds: 40   Score: 143)   (Hidden: 5   Score: 10)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
A most excellent cache thank you enjoyed the firs bit even though I had ti phone the owner as I had to confirm some info that had come off, then it was off to find the cache found after a small search. The cache is wet inside so emptied out water and log book was looking a little sorry for its self. Thanks Robin for yet another great cache. :)
I found it! 20 Jan 2005 by  oa   (Finds: 18   Score: 56.5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
10:25 Found the box with a little bit of searching (and help from Ecky). TNLN The content is very damp. After that went on to find the Thames Path Sonning cache ...
I found it! 20 Aug 2003 by  Ecky   (Finds: 11   Score: 38)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Found it the second time round (thanks Robin for the hint).
It looks like someone found it by accident, made an entry and put it back :-), there are still good people out there.
Took picture of Schroeder and went on to find the "ThamesPathSonning" (1km away) as listed on

I found it! 14 Apr 2002 by  lassitude   (Finds: 17   Score: 46)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Nice walk although there was overcast. Model aircraft enthusiasts were flying their radio controlled planes near where we parked up to start this one. Hiding place is quite daring. I would think it would be difficult to retrieve this one without being seen if it was a hot and sunny day.


© Copyright 2001 - 2011 Navicache. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer