Favourite geocaches: Surrey

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 SURREY

A Different Type of WW Cache – GC1D8Q1 by Woking Wonders *Found on: 02/04/14*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

Well what an adventure this cache is :) We had been tempted by the D/T rating and the locality of it and so we headed off there on a nice April morning to see if we could bag it.

On arrival at stage one we realised how ill prepared we were for the challenge ahead, but we’d come a long way and I wasn’t about to turn back and so I volunteered myself…let’s just say it involved a bank and the removal of my walking boots to get to. With stage one found and the clues noted I struggled back up the bank and attempted to put my slightly damper feet back into my boots…thankfully after a couple of years of this Geocaching malarky I’ve started packing a towel in my kit bag!

Heading over to stage two there looked like there was one very likely target and indeed the GPS indicated that it was definitely in that place, but with a lot of ivy to look through we started having our doubts after both of us struggled to find it despite climbing to well over 10 feet above the ground. Not wanting to go back empty handed I left MrBizkitz to carry on in the first place whilst I looked around for another possible candidate. I did spot one possible place but it was a hell of a lottrickier to climb, especially with my little legs, but I’d come that far and thought what the hell. Summoning all of my strength I managed to get myself into the tree and the rest was pretty easy going. Luckily I spotted the cache straight away although it was exceedingly well hidden, after signing the log I decided to let MrBizkitz know I’d found it. I should’ve let him know sooner but he did look like he was enjoying getting himself tangled in that ivy… 😉

Definitely worth a punt if you want something a little more challenging, although I’d recommend going with someone as you wouldn’t want to come a cropper there as it’s a little out in the wilderness!

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AAN #5 The Road to Bonampak – GC2049K by richard701 *Found on: 30/12/12*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

What a great little puzzle cache, there were a few reasons that this one earned a favourite point. The puzzle itself, I solved this just as I was getting my head around these mystery caches and thought it looked solvable. A little bit of digging around in Google and I had some idea of what I needed to be doing with the information. After the solve came the fun part, the hunt! This one was particularly amusing as we’d approached GZ from a ridiculous direction which would’ve been great fun on a snowboard but not in walking boots…we slid down the hill onto the obvious footpath, the one we should have approached from, and found the cache neatly tucked away inside a tree.

Another point which made it a highlight for me, aside from the death defying descent (Ok, I’m exaggerating a little!), was the fact that there was a wind up frog inside the cache!! I love frogs and I’ve been making a point of collecting them from caches since the beginning so I’ve been building up quite a collection. The fact that Geocaching’s mascot is a frog always made it more alluring to me haha! We swapped in some mini flip flops, took the frog and named him Philip Flop, which seemed appropriate!

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A Fine Pair # 73 ~ Shamley Green – GC47AWV by ===sgb *Found on: 23/03/14*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

For more information on this cache check out my earlier blog post “Geocaching around Shamley Green in Surrey“.

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Agent Down! – GC3YTG2 by =Andy_R *Found on: 26/10/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

The other week myself and MrBizkitz had a bit of free time and the announcement of a new cachepopped up on my phone…with a higher than average D/T rating I thought we perhaps had a chance of getting a FTF.

Within 5 minutes of seeing the email we were out the door, prepped and ready for a little adventure. We parked a little distance away from the cache, which might have been our undoing…as when we arrived there were already two people standing looking up at a tree. They could only be geocachers I thought, and sure enough they were!

Happily we’d been pipped by two of the best, BaSHful and =AndyR, so after scaling the tree and signing the log we stopped to have a chinwag about all things caching.

BaSHful, a seasoned professional, regaled us with caching tales of mishap and mayhem on various caching excursions and =AndyR helped push us towards solving a few of the local puzzles….he even suggested we try one of his out and so when we got home we had a look…

Agent Down…

I realised as soon as we got back which one it was as I remember looking at it before and deciding it was well over my head. Luckily during our chat he’d dropped a few puzzle solving hints and so I adopted a few of them in solving this puzzle. The theme quickly emerged and I knew it would be something I’d enjoy looking into so, passing on the good news to MrBizkitz, he too helped researching, and slowly we worked through the puzzle. It’s tricky not to give too much away but as it’s already been written in the logs I feel that I can mention that the puzzle involves working through pages to get the final stage where you can put your worked out coordinates into the Geochecker.

Well, after four days we were at the final stage but couldn’t work out how to decode the last key part of the information…we called it a night and put our scribblings to one side. The next morning MrBizkitz woke up and had a brainwave, obviously his inner filing system had found some order in the night and had realised the obvious mistake we had been making. 10 minutes later and we had the coordinates which decided our plans for the day. We were to rescue the cache and get our names onto that log sheet!

Thankfully at GZ the cache was a nice easy find and it was great to finally tick it off the list.

Agent Down

Agent Down

There was one other element to this cache, inside was extra intel about some of Andy’s other cache’s. Unfortunately they’re in a code we’re yet to crack and so they’ll be on the unsolved pile for a while. It was a great cache to get us going on the puzzles again though and it’s been interesting to use some different techniques in solving them. Who knows we might be solving more in the months to come! Watch this space.

*To see more about these puzzles, check out my earlier blog post “School Days Puzzle Series“.*

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AGTSSP – Stage 4 – Sweet and Simple – GC23HNG by parmstro *Found on: 19/04/14*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

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AGTSSP – Stage 10 – Where on (Google) Earth? – GC23HV4 by parmstro *Found on: 19/04/14*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

For more information about these helpful and interesting puzzle caches please see my earlier blog post, “Parmstro’s Wonderful Guide to Solving Simple Puzzles“. :)

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Ait in the making? – GC2DCG2 by metal-bijou *Found on: 22/04/13*

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: EarthCache

As we started picking up more and more caches the numbers became more significant, so for our 600th cache we decided to do something special. We set our sights on a nearby EarthCache at Truss’s Island in Surrey.

As with all EarthCaches there is usually an interesting story attached which gleans the information necessary to claim the find and so we read the clues from the caching page a few times and scanned the information board at Truss’s Island to answer the questions.

The guardians of the Geocache at Truss's island in Surrey.

Truss’s Island Earth Cache

The EarthCache transports you back in time and imagining the river as a hive of purposeful activity was an interesting thought. Back in 1774 when the area in question was worked on by Charles Truss, for who the island is named, the river would have been used as one of the speedier forms of delivery for commercial goods…unless of course you had a horse and cart and a spare few days!

Click here for more information about Truss’s Island or why not pay a visit!

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Alfie Merritt March 5 – GC5DFYQ by alfieo *Found on: 21/12/14*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional 

It’s always nice to find a cache hide that you’re not expecting and this was one of them. There’s some great hides along this walk.

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ALEKSANDRA & MARIUSZ BIRD BOX – GC48X05 by filip0402 *Found on: 16/04/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

There are now a number of these excellently constructed and well placed caches along the river which is great as they’re close to where we live and it’ll be nice to show them to fellow caching friends when they visit  Always good to do a bit of tree climbing too!

One of the Geocaches near Hampton Court, Surrey, UK.

Up a tree at Hampton Court

The stretch of river along the Thames is usually bustling with people and makes for a great cycle route. Check out more cycling routes here.

A picture of my bike along the Thames path near Hampton Court in Surrey.

My bike at the Thames

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Amazing Adventures – 03 – GC13PC9 by BaSHful *Found on: 05/01/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

These mazes are fun, creative, imaginative and definitely worth a go. Being one of the first ones I’ve completed I really relished the challenge! I had seen the film with which the maze is related to, but it had been a good few years so I needed a little bit of help from Google!

It was a glorious day when we found this, and it was made better by the fact that GZ was in such a nice place….I won’t say where of course 😉

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ANITA & DOMINIK BIRD BOX – GC4919Q by filip0402 *Found on: 16/04/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 4

Cache Type: Traditional

A nice straightforward tree climb, not too far from where we live which is great for when caching visitors come to stay! Just like the aforementioned ALEKSANDRA AND MARIUSZ BIRD BOX cache further up the page. Beautifully crafted and very close to Hampton Court so worth popping off to if you’re there for a visit :)

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Another Weyside Wander – GC17976 by vw_keychain *Found on: 10/11/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Multi-cache

To read a more detailed summary of this one check out “A Real Geocaching Brain Teaser“.

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Anyone for Fishing? – Bonus cache – GC1GPHJ by spring chickens *Found on: 19/04/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

Although this series took us two attempts to complete it definitely deserved a favourite point for theamount of ridiculousness we endured on our first visit there. It was one of those silly ‘mzadventures’ where we were exceedingly unprepared for the weather and terrain combination. Arriving at the car park in a heavy shower we sat in the car for a bit, watched the windows steam up, checked the direction of the first cache on our phones, took a deep breath opened the car door and set out in our jacket, jeans and trainers ensemble, definitely not the best attire for caching. We did take a massive brolly out with us but it was no good through the woods with all the low branches and it was almost impossible to get both of us under it together at any other point on the walk. Still, stupidly we carried on. Little stops us when we’ve got our sights set on picking up a few caches.

The trainers of course were the downfall of the operation and all four were waterlogged by about the third cache on the list. Even with two DNF’s we still ploughed on to attempt grabbing the other caches on the circuit. After sloshing around some marshland for a while with our GPS’s not being very helpful we decided to call it a day. There were quite a few near misses as we sludged our way back to the car. How one of us didn’t end up in the drink I’ll never know. Silly old fools! It certainly left us thinking that if there was ‘anyone for fishing’ that day then we might’ve been the ones they were catching!

On our return to pick up the last few we remembered how much fun the first time had been and decided to award a favourite point for the memories!

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APB 15 – GC4QG74 by pigfumbler *Found on: 18/10/15*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional 

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APB 18 – GC4QG7B by pigfumbler *Found on: 18/10/15*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional 

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APB 19 – GC4QR7V by pigfumbler *Found on: 18/10/15*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional 

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APB 20 – GC4QG7E by pigfumbler *Found on: 18/10/15*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional 

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APB 36 – GC54C4R by pigfumbler *Found on: 18/10/15*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional 

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APB 37 – GC4QG7X by pigfumbler *Found on: 18/10/15*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Letterbox 

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APB 47 – GC54WVC by pigfumbler *Found on: 18/10/15*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional 

*Write-up to follow.*

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Arbrook Common – GC29VFQ by Waspbuster and Kendrive *Found on: 01/03/14*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

I’m highlighting this cache as it’s located in a really nice young woodland (around 50 years old). The cache takes you through the woods and once you’ve found the, very cleverly disguised, cache you can take a circular walk back around the rest of the woods, over little bridges and past elm, oak, hawthorn and hazel trees. Since 1955 it’s also been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest which is a very worthy accolade for such a pleasant and peaceful wood.

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BBL 31 Betchworth Brockham Loops – GC2JH85 by Team alexrider *Found on: 30/03/13* [Archived 22/12/14]

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

Whenever we’re unsure of where to go in Surrey we always take a look at the Dorking area. There’s such a variety of caches there and Box Hill has been designated as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest because of the beautiful and rare orchids that grow there over the summer months.

A photo of the orchids near Box Hill in Surrey.

Betchworth Geocaching with Box Hill in the background

Box Hill, as pictured above, was also used as part of the London 2012 Olympic cycling route, where the men cycled around it 9 times and the ladies twice…if you’ve ever seen it then you’ve got to give credit to these cyclists as it’s pretty steep!

This was another walk that we’ve been working on in stages and although we still have a few more to pick up on it, including a couple of CM’s  it’s still always nice to go back to for the views and the nature. Definitely worth awarding it a few favourite points!

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BBL 33 Betchworth Brockham Loops – GC2JH8G by Team alexrider *Found on: 30/03/13* [Archived 22/12/14]

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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BENCH FOR LOVERS – GC49NF6 by filip0402 *Found on: 16/04/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

This one had to go down in our favourites, not too far from where we live and we managed to get a FTF (first to find)! It’s such a lovely spot too.

Logging a First To Find Geocache.

Always nice to pick up a FTF!

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Brunel 3 – GC410NH by GranmaEm *Found on: 14/11/12* [Archived 04/06/13]

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Nothing amazing about this cache except that it was our first FTF (First to find!) and so I had to give it a favourite point!

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C & S Walk – Seed Cuckoo – GC38443 by Copski *Found on: 26/08/13*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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C & S Walk – Odd one out (or in?) – GC364DN by spaniel2001 *Found on: 10/10/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

This was a great walk, and we’ve still got the other leg of it to go which is good! We’d picked this series because we wanted to finish our first year of caching with a flourish and it turned out to be a great choice. The caches weren’t too tricky to find except for this particular one which provided us with some laughs. We were just about ready for giving up when we spotted it…a little higher than we were expecting! This would make a great wintery walk as the terrain is quite flat, and the footpaths are well used making for a very pleasant walk. We’re looking forward to finishing this one when we’re in the area!

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Church Micro 1…Earlswood – GC17878 by sadexploration *Found on: 20/03/14*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Multi-cache

For more information about this particular cache head over to my earlier blog post “A Geocaching Church Micro mission in Brighton and Hove“.

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Church Micro 2…Merstham – GC178M5 by sadexploration *Found on: 20/03/14*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

For more information about this particular cache head over to “A Geocaching Church Micro mission in Brighton and Hove“!

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Church Micro 472. St Mary’s. East Molesey. – GC1VHNO by Ragged Robin *Found on: 11/12/12* [Archived 31/07/13]

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Church Micro 1,000…Wherigo to Church – GC22R7D by sadexploration *Found on: 30/03/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Wherigo

We found this cache having just found England’s Geocaching Shrine for our 500th and, as we were on a roll we decided to give this Wherigo cartridge a try.

After getting our heads around the technology we were on our way, everything actually worked out really well and we quite enjoyed it. In my opinion the wherigo cartridges are a more tech version of a multi-cache but I quite liked the fact that the app beeped every time you got near to where you needed to be. It certainly made me appreciate the area a lot more as it helped to highlight all of theinteresting historical places around an area we had already cached in.

I’d definitely recommend a wherigo cache to anyone looking for something a little different and I’d particularly recommend this one as it’s perfect if you’re new to them. Hell, if MrBizkitz and I can get our heads around it then anyone can! 😉

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Church Micro 2230…Littleton-St. Mary Magdalene – GC36TE2Church Micro 2363…Feltham-St. Dunstans – GC3AG52 both by Amberel *Found on: 06/06/13* [Archived CM 2363 14/12/14]

Both: Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Both: Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Both are part of a series where I could’ve awarded favourites to all of them! An amazing series of caches that I’ve talked a little bit more about below at Church Micro 2364.

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Church Micro 2364…Ashford-St. Matthew’s – GC3AG53 by Amberel *Found on: 11/06/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Well, how do I explain the reasons for this one without giving too much away?!

This is the final cache in a series of beautifully constructed Church Micro caches (my favourite kind!). There has been a lot, and I mean A LOT, of time spent on these caches and I awarded favourite points to a few of them because it’s rare that anyone ever puts this much time into their caches…

It’s so hard talking about them because I really don’t want to give the game away with it all.

All I will say is you HAVE to check them out for yourself, you won’t regret it at all. I’ve talked about this a little more over at the TB’s (Travel Bugs) section.

The cache I’ve highlighted here was an amazing end to the series, and I think it’s safe to say that it’s placed in the CO’s front garden so you might get lucky and get the chance to meet and thank him at the end as I’m pretty sure you will want to.

A photo of our Church Micro Series Travel Bug.

Church Micro Series TB

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Church Micro 2965…Thames Ditton – St Nicholas – GC412G2 by Beagle-80 *Found on: 11/12/12*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Church Micro Date Challenge – GC3DK55 by Al 7365 *Found on: 11/11/13*

Difficulty 4.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

There’s a more dedicated post to this cache over at “Challenge completed!

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Church Micro Spelling Challenge – GC3Q7QK by BaSHful *Found on: 10/01/15*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

*Write-up to follow.*

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CNW #01 Cranleigh North Walk – GC5VJ16 by lamoutarde *Found on: 15/07/15*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional 

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CNW #08 Cranleigh North Walk – GC5VJ4C by lamoutarde *Found on: 15/07/15*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional 

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CNW #11 Cranleigh North Walk – GC5VJ65 by lamoutarde *Found on: 15/07/15*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional 

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CNW #13 Cranleigh North Walk – GC5VJ83 by lamoutarde *Found on: 15/07/15*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional 

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CNW #16 Cranleigh North Walk – GC5VJ95 by lamoutarde *Found on: 15/07/15*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Coxes Lock – GC1ECE4 by vw_keychain *Found on: 22/12/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Head over to my “Geocaching in Weybridge” blog post for a more detailed description about the Coxes Lock Geocache!

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Deceptive Heights – GC43W77 by hp_sauce *Found on: 13/08/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 4

Cache Type: Traditional

This cache definitely deserves a special mention! We found a circular walk around the Brooklands Community Park and loaded the caches onto our phones, 8 in total, but we didn’t have time to read any of the cache descriptions before we left and so we weren’t sure what to expect with any of them. Often this ends up being the case if it’s been a last minute choice, sometimes this works to our advantage but occasionally we get to a cache and realise that we should have been a little bit more prepared…

On arrival at Deceptive Heights we loaded up the cache page on our phones to read the description and soon realised that we’d be getting a little bit more than we’d bargained for…a tree climb, and a high one at that!

Not ones to pass up a challenge we read and re-read the cache page so that we knew what we’d be looking for at the top. The climb was actually a bit easier than we’d expected, given the height of the tree and the location of the cache, but there were some good hand and foot holds along the way which made progress quite steady. I’d say the key with this one is to not look down…!

A good one to try if you’re looking for something a little bit more challenging than your average ‘at base of tree’ hide.

Brooklands Community Park also has a BMX track which makes it a great place for Geokids learning to ride their; bike, scooter, rollerskates, skateboard, unicycle…well, you get the idea! 😉

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22 Dockenfield Dash – GC519Q6 by Bograts *Found on: 24/08/14*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional 

We awarded a favourite point here for the whole circuit which finished at this one. We’d tagged this walk along with a visit to Waverley Abbey which I can highly recommend too. In fact check out some pictures from our day over at the post “Waverley Abbey and the Dockenfield Dash…“.

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Don’t Call Me Shirley – GC2JZWH by IceColdUK *Found on: 15/06/14*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Dot Com – GC32YAA by Spingo88 *Found on: 12/10/14*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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5 Egham’s Wildlife Walk – GC4F92G by kevham1 *Found on: 05/07/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional 

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10 Egham’s Wildlife Walk – GC4F95F by kevham1 *Found on: 05/07/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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11 Egham’s Wildlife Walk – GC4F95T by kevham1 *Found on: 05/07/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

There were several great hides along this walk and they definitely deserve an acknowledgement. It’s also a great walk for the Geokids as the terrain rating isn’t too high. 🙂

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Emily’s cache – GC5PT3H by mr matto *Found on: 15/09/15*

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Epsom Downs 06 – Under Starter’s Orders – GC1QMH3 by new.seekers *Found on: 31/03/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Farnham Ramble Extended #32 – GC1RGAV by Kitey *Found on: 05/05/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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FIG 1 – GC31T9H by sadexploration *Found on: 30/12/12*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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FIG 3 – GC320CE by sadexploration *Found on: 30/12/12*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Multi-cache

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FIG 7 – GC2CDGJ by sadexploration *Found on: 30/12/12*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

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FIG 8 – GC320CQ by sadexploration *Found on: 30/12/12*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

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FIG 9 – GC31TJX by sadexploration *Found on: 30/12/12*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

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FIG 10 – GC2CDGE by sadexploration *Found on: 30/12/12*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

You might notice a few favourites here, I could easily have awarded them all favourites as they were all great but I’ve selected some of the best here and I really hope that seeing this long list will make you want to go and check them out as they really are worth the journey. For more information have a look at my blog post “Sadexploration’s FIG series!

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Flumen Fistula – GC4F2W5 by hp_sauce *Found on: 13/08/13* [Archived 14/12/14]

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 4

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Forty Sortie (Challenge Cache) – GC2Z43A by Allo Vera *Found on: 07/08/13*

Difficulty 4.5 – Terrain 4.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

We were able to pick up this difficult challenge cache due to our crazy day on the Sussex Olympic Rings series, for more information about that day of mayhem check out “A Geocaching MzAdventure of Olympic proportions!

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Geocaching Name Challenge – GC3WYRE by colincactus *Found on: 05/05/13*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

For more information about this awesome challenge cache check out my earlier blog post “Geocaching Name Challenge – GC3WYRE“.

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Get Cracking – GC42BWG by Rumager *Found on: 06/08/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Another cracking Rumager cache (excuse the pun!). So, this one is based on finding a code for a safe…I’ve now realised that there’s a fairly straight forward maths solution to solving the problem, however I opted to try trial and error which was a little more fun! 😉

I really enjoyed this cache and would definitely recommend taking a look at it even if you don’t live close by, it’s a fun one to solve!

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Godstone Multi – GC1P3AX by bill15142 *Found on: 17/08/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

*Write-up to follow.*

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Halliford Upper Green – GC4BYTQ by Chasem Crew *Found on: 03/08/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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High and Low 03 – GC49TKM by Ten Miles Max & tteggod tracker *Found on: 21/04/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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High and Low 12 – GC49TT8 by Ten Miles Max & tteggod tracker *Found on: 21/04/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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High and Low 19 – GC49TZH by Ten Miles Max & tteggod tracker *Found on: 21/04/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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High and Low 23 – GC49V20 by Ten Miles Max & tteggod tracker *Found on: 21/04/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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High and Low 25 – GC49V2Y by Ten Miles Max & tteggod tracker *Found on: 21/04/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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The Hissey Hide – GC2VXA9 by Copski *Found on: 15/06/14*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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The Hogs Back Reservoir #17 – GC4NBXF by Kirret *Found on: 15/03/14*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

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The Hogs Back Reservoir #19 – GC4ED8W by Kirret *Found on: 15/03/14*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

For more information about this excellent circuit see my earlier blog post “Geocaching along the Hog’s Back Reservoir Series“.

Hogs Back Ale

Hog’s Back ales!

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The Humble Hero – GC2V58X by RichieCactus *Found on: 01/12/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Our first choice for finding this one had been to qualify for the Surrey Resuscitator Challenge Cache which we needed for our D/T grid, however once we got involved with the puzzle part of this cache we soon became hooked. Again it’s a cache where you can’t really give too much away without being too obvious about the solution but what I will say is that once you’ve made the very obvious realisation then the rest still takes a while to uncover!

Take a look at the cache yourself, everything you need is on the cache page – you won’t regret it, it’s a lot of fun. As for the actual cache, all I can say is wow! This is a CO who’s put a lot of effort into the final hide :)

Happy hunting!

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Humble Hike 49 – GC2QDXN by C-Kit *Found on: 05/01/13*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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Humble Hike 51 – GC2R20X by C-Kit *Found on: 05/01/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Hurtwood 8 – GC2WK00 by Sunnysider *Found on: 12/05/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

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Hurtwood 9 – GC2WK0F by Sunnysider *Found on: 12/05/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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I’m parched, ‘Arry – GC2XWKG by Definitely Not Frank Bruno *Found on: 02/03/14*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

For more information about this excellent puzzle cache, please check out my earlier blog post “Getting the hang of solving Geocaching puzzles…slowly“. :)

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Jacob’s MOVING Cache #1 (and subsequently, Utah MOVING Cache #1) – GCA87C by JacobBarlow *Found on: 06/11/14* [Archived 09/03/15]

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

*Write-up to follow.*

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Junipers and Boxhill 5 – GC3CN8E by dusty prince *Found on: 15/12/12*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Letterbox

*Write-up to follow.*

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Junipers and Boxhill 13 – GC3CTAA by dusty prince *Found on: 26/03/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Letterbox

*Write-up to follow.*

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King Arthur’s Return – GC43RAR by Amberel *Found on: 08/03/13*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

For more information on this epic interactive multi-stage quest check out my earlier blog post “The Amazing Adventure of King Arthur’s Return!” :)

I still don’t think I’ve said enough good things about this one…it truly is one of my absolute favourite Geocaches!!

King Arthur's legend

Dare you take the quest?

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Kingfisher Lookout – GC1F9JA by The Marmosets *Found on: 07/03/13*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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King Stone – Where England Began – GC5MHAC by bevroutley *Found on 05/08/15*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Earthcache

*Write-up to follow.*

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L7 Leigh Wander – GC4WY64 by sadexploration *Found on 29/03/14*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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L13 Leigh Wander – GC4WY6Q by sadexploration *Found on 29/03/14*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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L30 Leigh Wander – GC4WYCM by sadexploration *Found on 29/03/14*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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L33 Leigh Wander – GC4WYCZ by sadexploration *Found on 29/03/14*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

For more on this batch of excellent caches head over to my previous blog post “Spring walk around the Leigh Wander Series“!

Leigh Wander geocaching series

Lovely view on the Leigh Wander series

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Leviathan – GC1EB0 by Matthew and Vincent *Found on 02/05/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

It’s only fair that our oldest cache find goes onto this list. Especially when it’s in an unexpectedly cool location and it still has a logbook with logs dating back to when it was placed in 2001! Which if you stop and think about it is pretty amazing…seeing as most of the caches we’ve found have either been replaced or have had their logbooks changed at least a few times.

At the time of writing the cache has 376 finds, and 24 favourites, most of which I imagine are due to the fact that it’s so old!

Finding it kind of reminded me of being in the film Pan’s Labyrinth, something to do with the location perhaps or maybe it was the power of being around a real caching treasure!

Go find it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! 😉 Watch out for the leviathan though…!

For more information on why I went to find this cache, check out my earlier blog post “Geocaching Name Challenge GC3WYRE“.

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LG – MTT near Holy Bush – GC3AGYY by the-laing-gang *Found on 26/08/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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The Lovelace Bridges Trail – GC3V4MA by Rover71 *Found on 09/11/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

For more information on this really fun multi-cache check out my earlier blog post, “Exploring Surrey’s past on the Lovelace Bridge’s trail!” :)

Geocaching along the Lovelace Bridges trail.

Autumn shades

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MIM10.5 – Mimbridge Walk 10.5 – GC336Q3 by Woking Wonders *Found on 26/05/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Mirror Mirror – GC2994Y by RichieCactus *Found on 02/03/14*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 4

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Ahhh Star Trek, something that a few members of my family are keen on and also luckily, MrBizkitz, which helped to keep his interest in finding this one! It’s always fun to do a bit of additional research on a new theme and I did enjoy looking at all of the random names of Star Trek characters although it wasn’t necessary for solving the puzzle – that was all to do with the location. :)

It was definitely the terrain rating for this cache that originally caught our eye and we were keen to find out what we were letting ourselves in for!

Arriving at our destination it became apparent that climbing would be involved…but the question was, which one to climb? We inevitably climbed the wrong one first, where we were greeted by acheeky decoy cache!

Climbing the second one with no success we returned to the ground where we did find the cache, on the ground, which was a shame. But we climbed again to where we thought it might’ve fallen from and found a suitable spot, securing it back into place with some elastic bands from our trusty Geocaching kit. A great cache with a nice added twist and one that really deserves a few more finds😉

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More Common 25 – GC2XRPW by C-Kit *Found on 14/03/13*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 4.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Mother of Pearl – GC1CXR9 by Cache U Nutter and Water Mad *Found on 01/09/14*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 4.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

Sweeeeet mother of pearl! This one was fun!

Multi’s are great, especially when each stage tests a different skill and also your self belief in your own abilities, and this cache definitely did all of that and then some. The intensity levels at each stage of the multi increased so much so that on the last stage of our first attempt we were too ill-prepared with equipment and confidence to complete it!

That, of course, only made us more determined to come and finish it. Popping into Leatherhead to pick up a few other caches we decided that it was the perfect opportunity to do another recce of this one, which was about a year after our first attempt. The last stage involved a bit of wading, and luckily we had some wellies in the boot of the car so we popped them on and headed to GZ.

We attacked it in two places, the first was a little further upstream where the water was shallower but unfortunately we came face to face with a wall of sky high nettles. Not our idea of fun. The second option was to take a very direct approach to GZ, the deeper more risky option…

As we neared the cache the mud started sucking at our wellies, making progress tricky, we were thenthwarted by more of the beastly stingers and with only short sleeved t-shirts on we didn’t really fancy getting stung all over. Especially as we weren’t entirely sure that the cache was still going to be there as the area had flooded earlier in the year…and we weren’t sure exactly where it was going to be…(trying hard not to give away the location here!)

We headed back to the car, a little deflated but more confident in our abilities, opting to come back with some shears to fight off the beasties!

Not wanting to wait too long we returned the next day armed with everything we needed, and more, just in case! We had a few problems right near the cache and I just about reached it, although I probably would’ve struggled without MrBizkitz aid as it was quite muddy and slippery around there. We also had to move a bird’s nest to reach the cache which I was a little sad about but luckily I think the bird had long gone…

Pulling the cache down was really satisfying though, as we remembered all of the stages that we’d endured to get there…I have vague recollections of sliding down a bank at one of the stages but being ok through most of the others…except for one precarious high one!

All of it was really great fun though and I’d definitely recommend it if you want something a little more challenging. Even if you only get through a couple of the stages you’ll definitely still be thankful for having had a go at it!

Good luck and don’t forget your waders! 😉

Mother of Pearl proof

Mother of Pearl proof

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MUG9d (The Other Half) – GC22GXK by purple_pineapple *Found on 06/05/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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My 1st Christmas Cache (AA -09) – GC181ND by BaSHful *Found on 02/03/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

*Write-up to follow.*

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Nature Geek #1 – GC43Q2W by laura and westie, frannieannie222 *Found on 30/04/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

For more information about this interesting little cache check out my earlier blog post “Geocaching Name Challenge GC3WYRE“.

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The North Downs – GC2H1CB by Al 7365 *Found on 11/10/13*

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Earthcache

*Write-up to follow.*

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Out for a Duck – GC15PNX by The Marmosets *Found on 18/03/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Ahhh cricket…there are quite a few cricket puzzles locally, and I’m assuming countrywide as the scoring is perfect for puzzles! Anyways, I was a little lucky on this cache as MrBizkitz is a cricketer for our local club and frequently plays against Esher Cricket Club where the puzzle is located which sparked his interest in the solve.

A few conflicting answers led to a little confusion on the definite answer but after a few goes on the Geochecker we managed to get the green light (I say we although it was mostly all MrBizkitz work!).

All I’ll say is if you’re attempting this one make sure that you’re looking at the right year, heed the warnings on the cache page!

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Pitched Wiggly Wobbly – GC1J8P8 by Brambler adopted by Woking Wonders *Found on 12/05/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Postbox – GC34C3R by Rumager *Found on 29/08/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Pride of the Valley – GC28PQZ by theguestfamily *Found on 24/11/14*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Princess Amidala? – GC4NDQM by Chasem Crew *Found on 21/03/14*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

I’m not sure how many wrong trees we barked up before we even got an inkling as to what this puzzle might be about. It seemed to take us forever to make any headway with it but we were intrigued by it and were keen to solve it. With a difficulty rating of 3.5 we knew that as soon as we cracked the initial values that we had a chance of making the solve.

We read the previous logs for hints but could glean nothing from them and everything on the cache page seemed so cryptic that we wondered whether we would ever get anywhere with it! The only clue given from the hint was that it wasn’t anything to do with Star Wars and so after a couple of days trying a few different things, none of which were right, we adopted a different method and slowly a theme began to emerge.

Having the theme only got us halfway through the puzzle. The second part, as had been mentioned by the previous finders was the really difficult part. Another couple of days passed and we got to the point where we just had to know, firstly whether our original answers were correct and secondly how to progress with the puzzle.

It’s rare that I email a CO for a nudge but in this instance we just really wanted to understand how the second part of this elusive puzzle worked! A prompt response came back from the CO giving us the extra help that we needed, just as MrBizkitz spotted something we hadn’t tried. The nudge helped to confirm this theory and the solve came shortly after! :)

The cache was in a great, and apt, place…I won’t say where obviously 😉

All in all a great cache, and definitely one to take a look at if you’re in the area.

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Put your fingers in there and feel around – GC2Z18G by El Ultimo Agave with special thanks to Clipper247 *Found on 25/05/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Quirky Cache ‘A’ – GC4PR7C by Chasem Crew – A *Found on 25/09/14*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Reach for the Sky – GC2M09E by Rumager *Found on 18/03/13*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

Not every puzzle cache has to be tricky to be good. What I liked about this puzzle was its simplicity. It’s a wordsearch with no list of words to find, the idea being that you look around for the words in the wordsearch and then try and figure out what links them to find the theme which should then help you to find the rest of the words. I’ve probably made it sound a lot more confusing than it is, but I’m quite good at that and why break the habit of a lifetime?!

It’s a great one for the Geokids as once you’ve found all the words you can simply print out a fresh copy of the wordsearch and write the words down for them to find! Perfect! :)

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Reigate Travel Bug Hotel by Dr Evil. *Found on 08/02/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Repo puteus vel utor a immunda balineum – GC40YAT by mpw246pl *Found on 28/09/13*

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 4.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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RTB – Bee in your Bonnet – GC197H3 by purple_pineapple *Found on 06/05/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 4

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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School Days Puzzles #1: Child’s Play – GC3F02N by =Andy_R *Found on 13/03/14*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

For more information on this cache check out my earlier blog post “School Day’s Puzzle Series in Surrey…“.

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Seven Skyscrapers – GC497P8 by Kirret *Found on 15/03/14*

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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SGB 15 ~ Shamley Green Bipedal-motion – GC4APJC by ===sgb *Found on 23/03/14*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

For more information on this cache check out my earlier blog post “Geocaching around Shamley Green in Surrey“.

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SHWC-8 Popes Lane Pipeline – GC59E53 by alan666notb & geodude1963 *Found on 15/11/14*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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SideTracked – Ashtead – GC1D87X by BaSHful *Found on 08/09/13*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Sidjoloo9 – GC33B0D by sidjoloo *Found on 25/08/13*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Staines Moor 11 – GC1P9HT by Amberel *Found on 13/11/12*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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Staines Moor 15 – GC1P9J2 by Amberel *Found on 13/11/12*

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

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Staines Moor 16 – GC1P9J5 by Amberel *Found on 13/11/12*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Surrey Resuscitator – Challenge Cache – GC2HD75 by BaSHful *Found on 07/12/13*

Difficulty 5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

I’ve talked a little more about this particular cache further up the page at ‘The Humble Hero‘, there are quite a few rules to claiming your find for this one but the most important is that you have to find a cache that hasn’t been found in a year…which is actually really tricky given the amount of cacher’s knocking around these days!

This cache is set by BaSHful who we’re a fan of, he’s put together numerous stats pages which are of immeasurable help for quite a few of the local challenges. If you want to see more of the stats for this particular cache then have a look here!

Either way this is definitely a challenge you should get your teeth into, it’s fun finding a cache that’s been out in the wilderness with no visitors for a year! Give it a go :)

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Tilford Traipse #6 – GC46ZGK by baconybits *Found on 16/08/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

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Tilford Traipse – Bonus Cache by baconybits *Found on 16/08/13*

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

*Write-up to follow.*

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Timmy’s Trail BONE-US – GC2PTY5 by jezza1 *Found on 17/02/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

*Write-up to follow.*

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Valiant – GC4PE0B by Chasem Crew *Found on 23/10/13*

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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VS #340 Tandridge – GC60K3N by alan666notb & geodude1963 *Found on 13/09/15*

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Multi-cache

*Write-up to follow.*

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WaterWorks – GC3DYAY by Rice&Sons *Found on 19/10/13*

Difficulty 5 – Terrain 5

Cache Type: Unknown (Puzzle/Mystery)

For more information on our first 5/5 rated Geocache check out “Finding our first 5/5 Geocache!” :)

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When the Going Gets Tough – GC26Z1X by fossunited *Found on 19/05/13*

Difficulty 5 – Terrain 4.5

Cache Type: Multi-cache

*Write-up to follow.*

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The Whomping Tree – GC24ZZQ by MuppetMan *Found on 03/08/14*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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Winterfold Heath 2 – GC2W7H3 by Sunnysider *Found on 12/05/13*

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

*Write-up to follow.*

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For more information on our top-rated caches check out the favourite geocaches category!