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" Surprise View Geocache "

Date & start time: Sunday 23rd March 2014, 4.30 pm start.

Location of Start : George Fishers shop, Keswick, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 266 232 )

Places visited : Surprise View, Ashness Bridge and the boardwalk at Chinese Bridge.

Walk details :  Two local walks both short and not needing special footwear.

Highest point : Finding the hidden geocache in such nice weather.

Walked with : Just myself.

Weather : A lovely late Spring afternoon with blue skies all the way.

" Surprise View Geocache " at EveryTrail

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Need a gentle walk, a bit of a challenge, a treasure hunt ?

Try entering the George Fisher Geocache competition on page 12 of the current issue of The Update

It was my job to set out one evening after work to set up the cache for you.

Well someone has to get out and brave the weather so that the competition can go ahead . . . and I was in charge of the straws this night !

These are the photos I took along the way . . .

The alternative Webcam view before I left the shop.
Head for here and turn left to Watendlath !

One of the most recognisable views of The Lake District . . . Ashness Bridge.

" What a Surprise "

I'm heading out to find the Geocache at Surprise View . . . but to find it you have to walk.

It is a glorious evening and the people on the late boat are having a great evening ride.

Down below is the Mary Mount Hotel skirted by the Watendlath Beck.

You can see the Lodore Jetty towards the top of the picture.

Late sun shining on the River Derwent as it meanders towards the lake.

I'll be walking that path later on for the second part of this walk.

The task in hand was to find this Geocache in order to set up the Fishers Competition . . . it is up here somewhere.


The idea of Geocaching, if you didn't already know it, is to find

a hidden treasure box, the location of which is recorded as

a ten figure grid reference and logged on the internet.  

Using a Gps makes finding it easier so the cache owner

has taken the effort to make it harder to find !


It is a great game for kids, an excuse for grown ups to get out for a walk,

and you can collect geocache 'finds' like you collect Wainwrights summits

[ The only problem is that the lists keeps expanding with time.  At least

with Wainwright tops you know there will only ever be 214 to 'collect'.]


Fishers have tapped into this existing geocache location and placed

competition entry forms inside.

If you visit before 1st June you can answer the question

and try to win a Garmin Prize.


[ Many thanks to The Smileys for our temporary use of the cache site

which we hope will continue to be used as a regular cache well into the future.]

The cache and contents are 4ft  from here in a NE direction.
Add your name to the list of successful treasure seekers.

Successful . . . then make your way back to the car with a smug grin on your face :0)

Chance for another quick view before I return to the car.

It is such a nice evening that I drive slowly back to the Borrowdale Valley road.

Ashness Farm through the gateway.

Skiddaw is looking lovely with the last of the winter snow on the summit.

Back down at the main road, I stop for a view of the lake.

Recently the council have been re-building the roadway but it is now open to traffic again.

Thankfully major road works, which were very disruptive of the valley, are now over.

A new supporting wall is in place which now needs to be faced with natural stone.

My last job of the day is to collect the out-of-date geocache entry forms from a previous cache.

A walk over Chinese Bridge and across the boardwalk will get me to the former competition site.

It is a glorious evening . . . or have I said that already ?

" Swan Lake "

" Duckboard Dungeon " is the name of this geocache site.

It continues on as a normal geocache for anyone wanting to try and find it nowadays.

Time to head back to the car . . .

but my camera keeps swinging to the left all the time and the shutter button keeps firing.

Back over the boardwalk and into the shadows . . . that's Falcon Crag across the way.

My route home will take me up the valley past Castle Crag and over Honister.

It looks like I'll have great views all the way home.

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If you enjoyed visiting Surprise Views and the cache site but want to extend the walk, check out the option below.

It is linked under the "Previous time here" section.  You'll need three hours and proper fell boots for this one though.

Have a great Easter.

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P.S. ... Big Announcement at Honister !

New, open 12th April, in time for Easter

Subterranean Climb The Mine

Via Ferrata whatever the weather !

Click here or on the photo for the link to their website !

[ This is not a paid advert, I just think they do such a good job for our area. ]

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a Gps to join in the 'game'

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Previous walk - 22nd March 2014 - Muncaster Fell with Neil

A previous time here - 26th April 2011 Watendlath & Great Crag

Next walk - 28/29th March 2014 - Swansea Visit 1