Favourite geocaches: Nottinghamshire

Awarding our Geocaching favourite points: Where? Which? Why?

Sometimes we award favourite points for the memories attached to finding a cache, other times it’s for the creativity of the containers, and then there’s also the points for location…for taking us to a different place that we wouldn’t have otherwise known about. 🙂

A special mention has to be given to the fiendish puzzle caches which we award favourite points to for the time and effort that goes into putting them together – especially if there’s a great container at the end!!

Please let me know if there are any great caches that we should check out in your area as this list is by no means extensive – and we’re always up for a road trip!

OUR FAVOURITE GEOCACHES IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

—- of Smarties – GC24AVB by Paneke *Found on: 26/12/12*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

This was one of those finds where the clue was in the title…an interesting location and a fun hide! I found this cache on the 26th December with my family on our first Christmas without my Dad. It was a poignant and difficult day for us all and this felt like a cache my Dad would’ve liked, hence the favourite.

A photo made with smarties.

Only Smarties have the answer…!

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1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree – GC5HX1J by Trevorsilk *Found on: 27/07/15*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Aquaboreal – GC518XW by Jacaru & Wemnog *Found on: 25/06/15*

Difficulty 4.5 – Terrain 5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Basebank – GC3V860 by Paneke *Found on: 05/04/14*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

For more information on this rather devious cache, have a look at my blog post “Geocaching the Southwell Trail…“. :)

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Big Breakfast – Wellow Woods Nature Trail #1 – GC1XTYN by Goose S *Found on: 24/12/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

I’ve added this one to my favourites for two reasons, firstly the challenge of getting my head around the puzzle and secondly for the fantastic cache container!!

We’ve noticed a few more of these types of containers popping up locally in Surrey so it was nice to find one up in Nottinghamshire too.

You can read more about this trail here. There are some great finds on it, with some really imaginative hides. If you’re working on the bonus you’ll need to think a bit more laterally to get your head around the clues as they’re sometimes a little cryptic!

Bilsthorpe Southwell Trail 1:Car Park – GC2Q9J1 by Paneke *Found on: 26/12/12*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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Bilsthorpe Southwell Trail 8:Twin Trunk’s Neighbor – GC2Q9ME by Paneke *Found on: 26/12/12*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

This was another walk that we added a favourite point to for the memories and the views. We didn’t manage to grab all of the ones on the trail on this occasion but I think that’s the good thing about Geocaching, once you’ve been to an area and you know that you like it you can always go back there and finish any of the ones you missed.

There’s also an EarthCache not to far from these ones that we’re hoping to pick up at some point. I grew up near here but had never been on this walk and it was nice to see a different side to an area I was familiar with.

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Brinsley Headstocks – going ape – GC44D44 by Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo *Found on: 12/09/13* [Archived 30/04/15]

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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Brinsley Headstocks – tree bien – GC44KJZ by Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo *Found on: 12/09/13* [Archived 24/07/15]

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

This was certainly a trail full of crafty hides! In fact I’d partnered up with one of my bestest buds for this walk, and we even attacked it on two occasions on successive days without managing to find some of the little blighters! This one was a particularly good hide that luckily my friend spotted quite quickly otherwise I fear we may have been there for a while!

A photo of the Brinsley Headstocks sign in Nottinghamshire.

Brinsley Headstocks

As a Nottinghamshire lass I know all about the local mining history but this was one of the places that hadn’t been on my radar and so it was a nice place to visit and learn about.

Brinsley’s coal stocks ran dry in 1934 and although it remained open it was only used as a gateway to the neighbouring pits and so it officially closed down along with many others in the 1980′s. I won’t get all political about it other than to say the towns in the surrounding area struggled greatly after the closures of the pits. Support groups like The Friend’s of Brinsley Headstock have maintained and managed the area, returning it to its former glory (complete with the original Brinsley Headstocks!) turning it into a wonderful place for future generations to visit, enjoy, and remember our country’s industrial heritage.

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Camera Obscura – GC2A06N by Goose S *Found on: 24/12/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

See more about this cache in my earlier blog post “Caching around a haunted Cistercian Abbey“!

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Church Micro 3706…Woodborough – GC4BZ7Z by BenandJules *Found on: 26/12/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

It’s quite rare that I give Church Micro’s favourite points, even though I really like them all, I find it hard to decide which are my favourites!

I chose this one because I really like the location, Woodborough is such a pretty place, and we’d done a few of the other caches in the area and this one made for a nice finish to the walk.

It’s a nice, quick cache and dash too – if that’s what you’re into! 😉

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Crystal Ball – GC3ENDW by Chisipiti & Spire67 *Found on: 02/02/13*

Difficulty 4.5 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Look into my crystal ball and you will see…zip…nada…nothing…at least not for a while. Once you’ve been hypnotised by the cache page you’ll start to find that the previous finders logs will help you out with this one.

Crystal Ball puzzle cache

Have a go at solving this one!

So, so very cleverly orchestrated that when it all comes together its a thing of beauty. Heed the cache hint otherwise you’ll never get there with this one.

I highly recommend this cache, who knows maybe even your Geokids might be able to help you with this one?

With 48 favourite points (1st May 2014) it’s clear to see what the attraction is with this one :) As it turns out it’s definitely up there in my top five puzzle caches!

Just don’t get stuck with Mystic Meg for too long!

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Enough trouble to be in! – GC4B08B by Mickymoose *Found on: 14/05/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Myself and MrBizkitz both enjoyed trying to get our heads around this one, the puzzle was located not too far away from my Mum’s so I felt like we had to solve it…a little bit of brute force later and we’d managed to understand the cryptic hint. Later it was just a case of being able to relate that solution to obtain the numbers.

Great fun, and perfect if you’re just starting out on puzzles! :)

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Hedgehodge – GC35BF5 by Paneke *Found on: 05/04/14*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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pjme – GC4KHPA by Paneke *Found on: 05/04/14*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

For more information on these rather devious caches, have a look at my blog post “Geocaching the Southwell Trail…“. :)

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NAC #10 – Abbey View – GC44342 by BenandJules *Found on: 26/12/14*

Difficulty 5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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NAC #17 – Caw Blimey – GC44357 by BenandJules *Found on: 26/12/14*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

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NAC #22 – Rob’s Rock – GC4436V by BenandJules *Found on: 26/12/14*

Difficulty 4.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Pjs crazy canal side caches#attraction by moan-a-lot *Found on: 06/04/14*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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Pjs crazy canal side caches#bird brain by moan-a-lot *Found on: 06/04/14*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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Pjs crazy canal side caches#oop and over by moan-a-lot *Found on: 06/04/14*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional 

These are just a small selection from a collection of great caches up in Nottinghamshire, :)Attraction‘ I picked for it’s use of a special tool to extract the cache – very devious. ‘Bird brain‘ for the cache container and for the execution, and ‘Oop and over‘ for the very very difficult hide which took us (there being four of us that day!) an age to find it. It’s a hide that I’m having to remember when I look in similar locations to avoid another near miss!

A great series and definitely one worth getting yourself out too. It can be quite muddy in places so be cautious on your choice of footwear.

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Prime Position – GC49MKR by Mickymoose *Found on: 16/05/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Again, Mickymoose gives a huge hint in the title of this cache as to what you should be looking for, I remember having to email the CO for this one as even though I had the right method I’d done something wrong somewhere but he very helpfully pointed me in the right direction and it was a nice quick find once at GZ :) Happy days!

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Robin Hoods hide 4 – GC5XWJX by maxiken1 *Found on: 24/07/15*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Sound & Vision – GC1W5EB by Goose S *Found on: 24/12/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

What a wonderfully devious cache this was…my Mum ended up following her nose with this one and came up smelling of roses :o)

A really nice idea for a cache too, and one of the best I’ve seen of this variety. It was jam packed with treasure but I didn’t have anything with me to swap so I didn’t take anything. Definitely well worth doing the trail around here, which you can read a little bit more about at, “Caching around a haunted Cistercian Abbey“!

I can see why some people DNF’d this one – but if you trust the hint on the cache page you will find it!

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Spot The Ball – GC29PF0 by Goose S *Found on: 16/05/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Whenever I get the chance to go back home I always have a look around for some puzzle caches to solve, this one really caught my eye as it was related to my home football team, Mansfield Town.

One thing I’ll stay straight away is that I think the difficulty rating of 2 is a little low for this one, but in a way it’s a hard one to judge because I suppose technically there is no puzzle…it’s more about a game of chance and patience…

As the title suggests it all relates to the old puzzle that you used to, or may still do, get in the paper, called ‘spot the ball’. You are given a photo of a football match with the football removed and the idea is to guess where the ball is. Sounds simple enough, but the added twist is that you have to get the right coordinates for the football from the photo…!

A picture of the Stags ground from Google Earth is included and the coordinates for the goal posts, from there its just a case of guessing!

God knows how many attempts it took me but, as it stands there have only been 23 people to pass through the Geochecker and 2143 wrong answers (May 1st 2014), since its publication on the 6th April 2010.

I don’t know what that makes the odds but I was certainly very glad when I finally scored a goal!!

Good luck to those attempting this one, you’ll need to have a LOT of patience!!

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Subterranean Homesick Blues – GC330VD by Happy Humphrey *Found on: 27/12/13*

Difficulty 5 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

I had to write a more dedicated blog post for this one as it was just too good!! Read it at “Subterranean Homesick Blues – GC330VD“.

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Tired Out – GC24BEQ by Paneke *Found on: 26/12/12*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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