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

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 51° 32.457'   W 000° 53.108'

Remenham ,    Berkshire   
United Kingdom    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 23 Sept 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N000D5
Open Cache:    Unrestricted
Cache type:    Normal
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain:   gps half gps (easy)
Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is a challenge. No fees!


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Get Down and Look Up - to find a clue ticket :-) The "Henley on Thames" Geocache is a small tupperware box, hidden in bluebell woods overlooking Henley from the east. Henley is famous for its rowing regatta and a popular town with tourists. It's a good place to hire a small boat for an hour and potter up and down the river, between the two locks. There are also nice walks along the river, on the Henley - west bank, particularly south towards Shiplake.

You may be able to find your way up the hill via the footpath from Henley, but we found it easier to take the A423 uphill, east out of Henley towards Maidenhead, then, less than a mile out of Henley, take the small road left towards Remenham Church. You can just about park on the verge perhaps 50 yards past the public footpath sign and stile, at the lat/lon above, from where you enter the woods, alongside someone's house. Keep to the well trodden footpaths. The cache is only a short distance from the path, and you should not need to scratch yourself on anything.

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Note 15 Aug 2010 by  Amberel   (Finds: 61   Score: 201.5)   (Hidden: 2   Score: 11.5)
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I'm pretty sure the co-ordinates were DD MM.MM(M), northings were to 3 dp and westings to 2 dp. I'll mail you the figures I got from the ticket.

My GPSr took me to exactly the same place on both visits, quite a long way from the path.

Rgds, Andy
[Modified 2010-08-15 18:58:15]

Note 15 Aug 2010 by  Robin Lovelock   (Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)
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Hi Andy. First thing that occurs to me is that lat/lon on the clue ticket. It's some years ago, but it could have been in decimal degrees. e.g. 51.23456 -0.45678 OR the more usual degrees, minutes and decimals of minutes. If the latter, I would have made it obvious by the way I wrote it. e.g. N 51 23.45 W 000 34.56 I remember it was no more than perhaps 10 or 20 yards from the path - visible, despite bluebells. Yes, it was a particularly wrotten stump :-)
I could not find it. 15 Aug 2010 by  Amberel   (Finds: 61   Score: 201.5)   (Hidden: 2   Score: 11.5)
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Well, this one is proving to be a bit of an uphill struggle for me! Although I didn't log it, I visited for the second time in the spring, and this time found the clue ticket OK.

But when I got to GZ the whole area was carpeted with bluebells. Not sure about tip-toe through the tulips, I did a bit of tip-toe through the bluebells, but didn't find the cache. I didn't really see anything that looked promising, but I was so inhibited by the wish to not trample the flowers that I can't say my search was exhaustive, and I decided to come back after the bluebells had gone.

Today I did come back. This time there was nothing to prevent me doing a proper search, but the result was just the same. One of the problems was that the only stumps I could see for a long way round were really just rotten, vestigial remains of stumps. Mindful that Robin's last report mentioned the co-ordinates were slighly off, I extended my search radius to about 70 feet.

One other small thing that puzzled me a little was that I inferred from the cache page that GZ is not far from the path, whereas I made it over 200 feet from the path.

In the end I gave up. On the way back to the motor-bike I checked the clue ticket again - it is still there - just in case I had transcribed it incorrectly. The westings on the ticket shows only 2 decimal digits, and I had assumed the "third" digit was zero, apart from that the co-ordinates were the same as I had programmed into my GPSr.

Win some, lose some :-)

Rgds, Andy

Note 13 Dec 2009 by  Robin Lovelock   (Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)
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It's still there - as are two of the original clue tickets ! :-) We went prepared with drawing pins, replacement clue tickets, and the lat/lon of the waypoint inside my old etrex labelled H2. We soon found one old original clue ticket and the lat/lon matched. We then walked to the lat/lon and found that geocache spot was some 10 yards from it, but that should not be a problem when you read the words on a clue ticket. We saw that the geocache was visible, but were not too concerned because it seems unlikely that the casual walker would look for it. We did not disturb it and look inside the box. June took a photo of it. On returning to the clue ticket location we found a second original clue ticket. We then pinned two more, as high as we could consistent with needing to look up to see them. I also folded one and poked it into a spot for those who find it difficult to stoop down. They could always come armed with a mirror - two mirrors if they can't read backward writing :-)
Note 10 Dec 2009 by  Robin Lovelock   (Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)
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Thanks Amberel. I remember where I put the clue ticket(s) and I normally plant more than one. Of course, if the place I planted it has been changed, instead of the very old and well worn object as these usually are, the tickets may have gone. I'll check these out in the near future.
I could not find it. 10 Dec 2009 by  Amberel   (Finds: 61   Score: 201.5)   (Hidden: 2   Score: 11.5)
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3 Navicaches this morning, and 3 misses :-(

One almost certainly gone, one under too close surveillance to be practical today, and this one that I simply didn't find.

Get Down and Look Up! Getting Down is becoming increasingly awkward and uncomfortable for me these days. Getting down and looking up? No chance :-) I did feel around where I might have looked had I been more supple, but I had no luck with the clue tickets. And no find clue tickets = no find cache :-)

With a bad day for NaviCaches, 0 out of 3, it was fortunate that I found all 20 Groundspeak caches!

Rgds, Andy
Note 25 Feb 2007 by  Robin Lovelock   (Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)
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Robin and June, who planted this cache years ago, amazed to find the clue ticket(s) still there - and also the cache. June was sensible in wearing her raincoat with hood, but Robin was too busy taking a photo of a rainbow from a few yards away from the car, parked on the verge. He should have seen that the rain was coming THIS way ! Result was they found the cache but just as it started to pour with rain. Not much shelter under trees with no leaves on. June provided some shelter while Robin took a quick peek at the log book - no finders it seems. Decided not to write in it and risk getting it wet. Difficulty with this cache is that the GPS will not work accurately after you enter the woods.
I could not find it. 05 Apr 2003 by  Number 6   (Finds: 0   Score: 0)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
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Had a great time not finding this cache! Made my way up from Henley-on-Thames via footpaths through the woods. Located several suspect hiding places, but no cache. :-( Very much enjoyed the hunt though. Walked back down the road for some time before cutting across a field back to town.

I was visiting from the States and a coworker located this cache site for me knowing I wanted to do some geocaching while in the UK.

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