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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° 26.848'   W 000° 17.520'

Richmond ,    London   
United Kingdom    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 22 Apr 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N00214
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Normal
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps gps (easy)
Terrain:   gps (easy)
Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. Parking is available No fees!


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No need for the stuff below - just go straight to the lat/lon above. We'll put back the clue tickets on our next visit. Below is what it said in 2001 :-)

This location is of great historic interest and only a short walk from the geocache box itself. When you reach the spot, wait until you are not observed, then lift the ivy following the arrow to a castle. The microcache holds a slip of paper telling you where to find the box: in fact it allows you to see, from where you are standing, the seat on which you will probably choose to sit when you examine the geocache contents, fill in the log book, etc. This seat is located at a far less busy spot. The geocache is a medium sized, dark green tupperware box, with instant camera - to take a picture of yourself, small toys and lots of other low value "goodies". Please take care not to be seen replacing both caches, and make sure each is well hidden in the correct spot.

The microcache location is well worth the visit, being known as the "Henry VIII Mound". It is one of the highest spots in the park and with good views in several directions. It dates back thousands of years - probably having been a bronze age barrow. In more recent years it is believed that King Henry shot deer from here, while herds were driven past him. On a clear day you can see for many miles, including St Paul's Cathedral through a "keyhole" cut in the large holly tree and "protected" by wrought iron.

The best approach is probably to enter the park through Richmond Gate, in the north west corner. Then turn right to travel south until you reach the Pembroke Lodge Gardens free car park very near the location. While here you may also wish to try the
Richmond Park geocache. Your path to the Henry VIII Mound will take you through Pembroke Lodge Gardens where the squirrels are very tame :-)

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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!   

Note 24 May 2010 by  Rover71   (Finds: 3   Score: 14.5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Passing by en route from a cache near Sheen cemetery I did a quick check but the cache hide has been cleaned out and no sign of the box or contents was found.
I found it! 06 Mar 2010 by  sandvika   (Finds: 51   Score: 142.5)   (Hidden: 13   Score: 66.5)
     Open Log:    Unrestricted
Quick and easy without clue tickets! Found quickly by Penguin of team sandvika after a nice walk on a chilly but sunny day. TFTC, Sandvika #907
Note 06 Feb 2010 by  Robin Lovelock   (Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)
     Open Log:    Unrestricted
Many Thanks for re-hiding the cache. I must be one of the few people who, way back in 2001, got permission from the Parks Office to plant caches in the park. The story should be on the Richmond Park cache page. Many Thanks again. Robin
Note 06 Feb 2010 by  Rover71   (Finds: 3   Score: 14.5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Passing by today, en route to Pembroke Lodge, I found the cache container lying exposed and out in the open.
It's a miracle it hadn't been muggled.
I was surprised to find a cache as I was under the impression that all Richmond Park caches had been removed.
Have re-hidden it.
I found it! 04 Aug 2009 by  bevroutley   (Finds: 1   Score: 3)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
My first navicache, really nice little walk to GZ and easy find. Walked on to Richmond Park cache and found first part of the cache (well hidden) then had trouble with the maths and found ourselves looking for that magic number (do you know how many ???? there are in Richmond Park. Will be back when we can turn our brains on to maths mode. TFTC
I found it! 02 May 2009 by  Primitive Person   (Finds: 1   Score: 3)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Unrestricted
Fifth and final find of the day in the park this afternoon. I've been caching for 2 years but this is my first Navicache find.
I found it! 08 Apr 2009 by  heffalump007   (Finds: 40   Score: 143)   (Hidden: 5   Score: 10)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
A very nice quick find on a very sunny afternoon, it was nice not having to wear a coat. TFTC
Note 02 Apr 2009 by  Robin Lovelock   (Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)
     Open Log:    Unrestricted
Thanks Rover. That's certainly the right spot ! :-) Hope it was less visible when you left it. These days I reckon many caches can be found without using a GPS - this one maybe without google maps either :-)
Note 01 Apr 2009 by  Rover71   (Finds: 3   Score: 14.5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
A nice easy find in a quiet location on really fine day in the park. TNLN TFTC.
I hope the pic is not a spoiler!
   camera Photo 1
I found it! 06 Mar 2009 by  Amberel   (Finds: 61   Score: 201.5)   (Hidden: 2   Score: 11.5)
     Open Log:    Non-commercial use only
Thanks ever so much for replacing this cache, in one of my favourite places. A really enjoyable day, sunny and warm enough not to need a jacket.

Without the first stage, probably the easiest R & J cache I've done, but well tucked away in a place that, as I approached, didn't look as if it would have many hiding places. The car park was bursting with cars today, but luckily none of the occupants had come this way, so I had a clear field.

Took nothing and left nothing. Thanks for the cache.

Now off to the cache in the middle of the park.

Rgds, Andy

Note 22 Feb 2009 by  Robin Lovelock   (Finds: 12   Score: 34)   (Hidden: 48   Score: 142)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Sorry it took us a while, but today we replaced the old cache, originally planted in 2001. We saw that the original spot for the cache itself was now completely cleared of bushes, so nowhere to put it there. At the end of our trip, including visiting other caches, we found a new spot which may be even better - certainly a better view :-) There was not time to place clue tickets, so instead we've simply updated the lat/lon to take you directly to the cache itself. You should not find it at all difficult. Thanks for telling us, and happy caching ! :-)
I could not find it. 11 Dec 2008 by  Amberel   (Finds: 61   Score: 201.5)   (Hidden: 2   Score: 11.5)
     Open Log:    Non-commercial use only
Maybe I should have read the previous log before I came to look for this one - but I didn't.

Since I last cleared all the GS caches in Richmond Park off my "to do" list, another three have appeared, pretty evenly spaced round the periphery of the park. Today I came to do those, and at the same time look for both NaviCaches. I considered riding my motor-bike from one cache to another, but instead decided to walk right round the park. And I'm glad I did; on a cold but sunny winter's day it was a very pleasant way to spend the time.

I parked at Pembroke Lodge, which meant this was the first on my list. Today it was far less busy than it gets on a summer day, but it wasn't deserted. I twice managed to get a window of a minute or two before someone else came along, once on each side of the flower bed, but I didn't find the first stage. As the previous log says, the ivy is cut well back, and while my search was far from exhaustive, it does seem quite likely that it's gone.

Without the first stage, I can't say if the final is still present or not.

Now off to the Roehampton Gate for a GS cache, and the plan is then to go to the middle of the park to look for the other NaviCache.

Rgds, Andy
I found it! 11 Apr 2003 by  Strix aluco   (Finds: 1   Score: 3)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
I searched for the microcache on 1st April but couldn't find it. The ivy around the top of the Henry VIII Mound has been clipped back hard so perhaps it was thrown away by the gardener. However, this location is well worth the visit. The gardens were looking very pretty with daffodils, camellias and magnolias in flower and the views from the top of the mound are superb. Take a good pair of binoculars when you come here so that you get a good view of St. Pauls Cathedral.

In lieu of the microcache Robin Lovelock provided me with the coordinates to the main cache. I found this today quite easily after only a minute or two of searching. I was surprised to see that nobody else appears to have visited this cache before me. The paint on the box is starting to flake a bit but the contents were all in good order. I filled in the log, took a photograph, took three glass marbles and left a Safari key ring.
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