Banwell Bone Caves and Caching in Somerset


I’m sure that most cachers have a “must do” list of caches that they would love to visit. Ever since I spotted it, the ‘Banwell Bonecaves’ earthcache (GC3M60D) had been on mine. This earthcache was placed at a very unique spot: A cave full of animal bones which had been excavated and placed on display in the 1800’s by The Bishop of Bath and Wells. He claimed that the bones were proof of Noah’s flood and placed them on display as a warning to those who disobeyed God! The bone caves are made all that more special by the fact that they aren’t accessible daily like most tourist attractions, instead you have to visit on a rare open day or private tour. I enquired at the beginning of the year about open day dates, but was told that none would be available this year which was very sad indeed. That didn’t stop us though and I arranged for a private tour with Doggywalker, Hollyncharlie, Helennbrian and stones2005 and we headed to Somerset to take a look around.

Banwell Bone Caves

We started our private tour with a video presentation to give us some background on the caves and show us what the deeper caves are like. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to go and explore those ones. After the video we headed to the main bone cave passing the information board where we all quickly jotted down the answers to the earthcache! 😉

Banwell Bone Caves Information board

Banwell Bone Caves Information board

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Jubilee caching in Wiltshire


After our underground adventure for our 10,000th cache at Schrödinger’s Ghostly Wormhole Paradox we decided it would be fun to have a few more underground adventures. I searched the caches in the UK to try an identify a “Must do” underground cache. Instead I found a cluster of 6 in Wiltshire, just on the outskirts of Bath. The long weekend we had ahead of us gave us the perfect excuse to get away and do them, so we booked a campsite for 5 days and headed to Wiltshire. I was absolutely bowled over with the quality of caches around the area. I’m not talking about nice big circuits and long walks (Although there are loads of them too!), but single caches full of favourite points! As I had knackered my foot last weekend, we decided to take it easy on the walking and just focus on single high quality caches. It would have been easy to spend our trip walking grabbing 70+ caches a day, however instead we found just over 70 in total including easily the best cache that we have ever found…

Woodhenge

Our trip down to Wiltshire started the way that we meant to continue with finding a few odd “Must do” caches. The first point of call was Woodhenge for a virtual cache of the same name. Woodhenge is a timber circle. It was discovered in 1925 after an aerial photograph was taken of the area. It’s thought to have been created around 2,000BC. There are 168 post holes around the henge with most of these once holding wooden posts and some possibly holding sarsen stones and a grave in the centre which was discovered to be that of a child. The original stones and logs are not at the site anymore, however concrete posts have been constructed in their original positions to show how the henge used to look.

Woodhenge

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