Caching in Luxembourg


In May we headed to Germany for the Project Gutenburg Giga event. We were staying in Saarburg, Germany which is just on the outskirts of Luxembourg and ended up doing a fair bit of geocaching in Luxembourg instead of Germany because it was such a beautiful place. Definitely under rated! We found some fantastic caches and locations that I thought definitely needed to be shared…

Larochette

We headed to Larochette to pick up the Moai and Verluerekascht virtual caches, however, it was such a pretty town that we ended up making a day of our visit.

We kicked off at Chateau de Larochette where there was a cache of the same name. Here we found the remains of the castle that stood in place until the end of 16th century when it was destroyed by fire. It has been well restored though.

Entrance to the chateau

Entrance to the chateau

Chateau de Larochette

Chateau de Larochette

Views from Chateau de Larochette

Views from Chateau de Larochette

From the chateau we headed off to the Moai virtual, however, as we forgot to load paths on our GPS we ended up following some footpath signs and taking a rather unorthodox path to GZ only to bump into a group of really friendly Swedish cachers who told us they parked right next to GZ! Doh! They kindly took our photos for the cache requirements.

With the Moai

With the Moai

After finding the Moai we pottered around Larochette picking up the odd cache and admiring the views before heading up to find the second virtual, Verluerekascht. For this one we had to visit two waypoints. The first was the tower on the other side of the valley. A steep climb got us to that point.

The tower

The tower

View of the chateau from the tower

View of the chateau from the tower

Looking through the tower window

Looking through the tower window

The second was a rock on the other side of town which was again quite a steep climb. From the top we were able to see the chateau, tower and find a multicache!

View of the chateau from the rock

View of the chateau from the rock

At the chateau was a big information board about “Little Switzerland” in Luxembourg and the beautiful locations that you could visit. There were some very interesting spots so we bookmarked them in our minds for our second day in Luxembourg.

Beaufort/Berdorf area

Our research on “Little Switzerland” had us looking in the area of ‘Berdorf’ where I’d spotted a cache with lots of fave points on it called ‘Rock labyrinths’. I was intrigued! So we headed to that area and ended up targeting caches with high favourite points. It turned out to be a fantastic way to plan the day! 😀

We started off with a few drive by caches on our way to the area. We stopped at Isfyd which turned out to be a 3.5T. After a short search we realised why as it was hidden in a drainage tunnel under the road! I was ready to dismiss it and head off, but Yorkie63 still wanted to do it. Now, I like being underground but I’m just not a drainage tunnel kinda gal! 😉 Plus I wasn’t prepared. That didn’t stop Yorkie63 though and he stripped off and headed inside! Lol!

Light at the end of the tunnel!

Light at the end of the tunnel!

Yorkie63 coming out of the tunnel to Isfyd

Yorkie63 coming out of the tunnel to Isfyd

Once Yorkie63 had dried off we headed to the Houllay – Hohlfels eartcache, which with 106 favourite points looked pretty good! 😀

The earthcache was placed because of the caves in the area. On parking up for the cache we noticed lots of trucks for film crews. We approached GZ and there was scaffolding and plastic sheets around the caves and inside of them were props and film sets! We explored the area, but unfortunately the filming prevented us from having a good look at the caves and we did struggle a bit to get the answers for the earth cache. It’s definitely somewhere I’d like to visit again to see the caves in all of their glory. Apparently they were filming a Peter Pan movie there which looks to be this one.

Hohllay marker

Hohllay marker

The main caves being used for a film set

The main caves being used for a film set

The Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre

Our next stop was The secret place. It sounded intriguing! We didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a T4 terrain so we were guessing rocks and a cave! We were right, but finding the route to the cave was the tricky one. We all clambered down the hillside with Yorkie63 heading off in another direction to see what he could find. We turned up empty handed, but later on heard a shout from him that he had found a cave. We clambered back up the bank and looped around the top of the rocks to try and find a way down to him, but it was extremely steep and dangerous. We could see down into the cave and spoke to him while he was searching. It was a long search. We kept shouting down the hint and recent logs to him, but the cache wasn’t revealing itself. A good 15 minutes of searching continued before he exclaimed that he’d found it! We could see him with the cache from above!

Woohoo! Finally the secret place cache.

Woohoo! Finally the secret place cache.

The long search had been caused by a previous finder putting the cache back the wrong way round. A reflector was meant to be visible so that torch light could hit it and it would be obvious which explained a lot of logs saying it was an easy find once in the cave!!!

Our next stop was The bridge and the water which was again a T4. This one was a lot easier as we had Andy, the human stepladder, with us so Yorkie63 was able to climb him to get up to the ledge where the cache was! Lol!

Up he goes...

Up he goes…

Andy and Yorkie63 with the bridge cache!

Andy and Yorkie63 with the bridge cache!

The next cache for our adventure was Rock Labyrinths, which was the main cache that we had actually come for before getting distracted by all of the others! 🙂 This was great fun! Lots of high rocks with narrow walkways. Eventually we meandered through them to GZ.

Heading up to the rock labyrinths

Heading up to the rock labyrinths

Tight squeeze!

Tight squeeze!

Through the labyrinth

Through the labyrinth

Andy with the Rock Labyrinth cache

Andy with the Rock Labyrinth cache

It was getting late, but we were having so much fun! 😀 We spotted some caches on the GPS that had nearly 300 favourite points so we would have been fools to leave them!

Our first stop was Räuberhöhle. We followed a very well walked path through a woods.

Woodland path to Räuberhöhle

Woodland path to Räuberhöhle

The GPS was a little bit muddled, but the cache description told us “Enter behind the “S” and search behind the large triangular stone.”. Yorkie63 and MummaD went off exploring near where the GPS was taking us, but me and Andy spotted an opening to a cave that looked promising, but we couldn’t find the “S”. We entered anyway and very shortly were at the back of the cave where I spotted a large triangular stone. I clambered up and we were rewarded with the cache! Woohoo! We shouted for Yorkie63 and MummaD to come and join us. Fantastic cache!

Entrance to Räuberhöhle

Entrance to Räuberhöhle

The Räuberhöhle cache

The Räuberhöhle cache

Heading out of the cave

Heading out of the cave

Räuberhöhle entrance

Räuberhöhle entrance

Our next stop was Reiberhiel. It was quite a hilly area and we clambered down a huge set of steps down to where the GPS was taking us. We were amazed when we reached the cave entrance. It was well marked and inside were metal ladders so that you could climb down. We were quite suprised that people were actually being encouraged to explore. In the UK this sort of cave would have been gated off and covered with health and safety signs! Lol!

Entrance to Reiberhiel

Entrance to Reiberhiel

We clambered down the first ladder and then down the second one. The cache itself was a very quick find as some reflective eyes marked the cache. After that it was a clamber up some rocks to get to the cache and we soon had it in hand!

Andy and Donna heading inside.

Andy and Donna heading inside.

Yorkie63 heading down into Reiberhiel...

Yorkie63 heading down into Reiberhiel…

The second set of steps

The second set of steps

Yorkie63 with Reiberhiel

Yorkie63 with Reiberhiel

Our final cave cache was Hölle which was very close to Reiberhiel. We followed a path through another rock labyrinth and eventually after taking a really dodgy route down we were at the cave entrance.

Entrance to Hölle

Entrance to Hölle

The cave was quite tight and then we had to climb over some rocks as we followed reflectors to GZ. Eventually we were there!

Clambering over rocks to the Hölle cache

Clambering over rocks to the Hölle cache

Yorkie63 with Hölle

Yorkie63 with Hölle

After our caving we headed to the top of the hill where the sun was just going down. There were some really beautiful views!

Beautiful sunset

Beautiful sunset

Our reward for our hard day’s caching was a big meal at the first restaurant we got to! We expected everything to be closed, but not only did we manage to get food, it was fantastic food!

An amazing pizza!

An amazing pizza!

Luxembourg really did surpass our expectations. It was an amazing place and there are still loads of chateaus and tourist spots for us to visit. I’m really hoping we can go back soon for some more adventures.

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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Underground, Overground, Wombling free…


After Christmas I headed down to Wiltshire to find my favorite caches once again, it was of course the Below Aboves. This time around it was to accompany The Wombles, Womble Jr, and Buddha_Belly along with the CO, BareClawz whilst they found The White Bird, The Fallen Monarch, and Multi 2.

Although visiting the quarries for the 3rd and 4th times, I still enjoy the underground exploration very much. As always, I enjoyed sliding through a section of one of the quarries through a section called “The Letterbox” which meant sliding head first on my belly down a mud slide. Dave of The Wombles grabbed a picture of me doing it this time around and has kindly said I can add it to my blog entry:

Me sliding through the letterbox

Me sliding through the letterbox about to travel down the mud slide

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Below Above – Bath stone quarries (again)


Ever since we visited the Bath Stone quarries in June for the Below Above series of Geocaches I’ve been slightly obsessed with underground caching. It was really just the most magical experience, and after failing to complete the series having only managed to find 2 out of 5 of the caches I was desperate to return to complete the set. The CO, Bareclawz, had kindly offered to be our guide for the visit. I asked quite a few cachers we knew if they wanted to join us on our adventure, but unfortunately most Geocachers were at the UK MEGA in the Lake District that weekend. We were however very fortunate to have the company of Foxscout and The Black Rabbit for our second underground journey in to the quarries, which proved to be a great adventure for everyone. Many thanks to Foxscout for letting me use a few of her photos for this blog entry. She managed to capture a lot more “group” shots than I did. I’ve noted on the photographs which ones are hers. Over the weekend we found 4 geocaches and spent close to 10 hours underground…

Saturday 11th August

The Fallen Monarch/The White Bird

We left home early on the Saturday morning and arrived in the area around mid day just in time to meet the CO and to stop at The Swan pub near by. As the pub is in the area near the quarries the inside was impressively decorated with old tools which hung from the walls.

Old miners tools hanging up in The Swan

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UK Underground Geocaches bookmark list


Firstly apologies that my blog has been quiet for a few weeks. I’ve been working on a bit of a Geocaching project! 🙂 I decided to try and compile a bookmark list of all of the UK’s underground caches. I severely underestimated the amount of time and effort that it’d take me to put it together, but finally it is done! It was one of those “I’ve started so I’ll finish” kinds of job which I didn’t want to abandon. It took days to find suitable caches with references to caves/mines/quarries/bunkers in the description, and then days to filter through them to find, for example, caves that were true caves and not little 1m by 1m holes in a rock! It then took days to update the information in the bookmark list so that details about the caches can be quickly obtained. All in all, it was about 3 weeks of work, on and off which ate a hole into my usual blogging time. I was overwhelmed by how many underground adventures there are lurking around our country!

UK Underground caches

The final product is called Going Underground and is available here. It is currently a list of 360 caches in the UK and Ireland that are either underground or near underground features. Some of the caches will require you to go into caves, tunnels, etc. to retrieve them, but some will just lead you to them ready for exploration. Some features will include miles of underground chambers, but others will just be small sea caves. There really is a mixture!

I’ve included a rating system in the bookmark list which is based on the following:
* – Mentions an underground feature, but not enough info to tell how good it is.
** – Mentions an underground feature, some information, but couldn’t be sure how good it was unless I visited.
*** – Mentions an underground feature, and it looks like a good place to visit.
**** – Mentions an underground feature, and it looks like great fun, will definitely try to visit one day.
***** – Mentions an underground feature, and the cache looks absolutely amazing. I MUST GO HERE WHEN I’M IN THE AREA OR MAKE A SPECIAL TRIP TO DO IT!

I’ve also added the 5 star and 4 star caches to separate shared bookmark lists so you can search through just the best (in my opinion) of underground caching.

An example of the entries on the list

It is of course, just a personal project because I wanted to find these caches. Some information may be inaccurate due to the shear number I had to process, and some caches may be missing. If you can think of any I’ve missed then please let me know and I’ll add them. For now, enjoy and I hope it comes in handy for other people too. I will attempt to update the list monthly/bi-monthly with recently published underground caches to help keep the list up to date as well! 🙂

A real underground adventure – The old Bath stone quarries


Our trip to Wiltshire was spurred by one particular cache series, BearClawz’s “Above Below“. We’re very fond of underground caches and this series was a step further than we’d been before with the other subterranean caches we’d attempted. The caches are hidden in old Bath stone quarries just to the East of Bath. We’ve visited a cache in a cave, in a quarry, and been in bunkers before, however these presented much more of a challenge because you have to travel a considerable distance underground to retrieve the caches. Much more of an adventure!

The quarries in the area were producing stone as far back as 1833. When exploring the quarries with modern day high-lumen torches and taking pictures with cameras with powerful flashes it’s easy to forget that the miners With just candle light or the light from home made oil burners to see whilst working down in the tunnels. The work was all manual with the blocks of stone being sawed by hand. Some quarries in the area were modernised with a rail system, however others used horse and cart to transport the cut stone up out of the quarries. More photos and information about the quarries can be found on Derek Hawkin’s website.

In order to work out the entrances for the quarries you first have to solve a puzzle. You also have to decipher some text to work out the route through the quarry as you obviously can’t use your GPSr down there. I’d solved 5 out of the 6 puzzles so we headed to Wiltshire to see what we could find!

Just for starters

In the series there is one cache that isn’t in a quarry… well, not anymore!: Above Below – The Steps With a lower d/t rating we decided to head there first to warm us up, so on a rainy Sunday we left the campsite and headed to GZ. It was a simple cache, however it was situated near a derelict site: Monkton Farleigh Ammunition Depot. This used to be Monkton Quarry, however it was converted into a sub-depot of the Central Ammunition Depot by the War Department in the build up to WW2. It was used up until the 1950’s. The ammunition dump took thousands of men 7 years to construct and it became Britain’s biggest ammunition store with the capacity to store over 12 million tons of ammo. It was constructed in a way so that it would not be obvious as an ammo depot to enemy reconnaissance. It is accessible from the transit shed where The Steps lead down underground with remains of the conveyor belts that transported ammunition either side of them. We only explored the entrance to the old store, but after seeing pictures online I wish we had ventured deeper in. It’s definitely a place I’d like to return to for a better look.

Looking down the steps

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Going underground for our 10,000th find!!!


After all of our fun in the US we were left at about 75 caches away from our 10,000th find. We thought long and hard about the cache that we wanted for our milestone, after all 10,000 couldn’t be just any old film can! We still needed to get the 74 other caches though so on Saturday 21st April we headed just north of Cambridge for a couple of walking series…

Alconbury Amble

Alconbury Weston

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