Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.  A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher signs the log and dates it, in order to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it.There are geocaches in Upton Bishop but have you found them yet.  To take part in Geocaching you will need to register on the Geocaching website.  There is no charge for this.

The two geocaches in Upton Bishop that we know of are:

Church Micro

Hidden somewhere in or near the church is this 35mm container.  To find out more visit the Church Micro site on the Geocaching website.

Phocle Point

The hider of this geocache has left this clue:  “You are looking for a cliplock box. Big enough for small swaps and TBs. This cache is to celebrate my new job at a nearby company that is named after something you get if you go geocaching in the winter, well actually in this country most of the year really. I pass this layby every day and I thought it would be a good place to place a cache because it has a fantastic view of May Hill. In the early mornings there can be the most amazing sunrises over the hill.  To find out more visit the Phocle Point site on the Geocaching website.

In addition to the two in Upton Bishop you can also take part in the Ariconium Quest which has geocaches at each of the six churches within Ariconium (Aston Ingham, Hope Mansell; Lea, Linton, Weston Under Penyard and Upton Bishop) and a puzzle to solve.  To find out more visit the Ariconium Quest site on the Geoaching website.

The clues for the Quest are:

At Aston Ingham – What year did the Rev. Howard Stracy Laws become Rector here?
At Hope Mansell – What was the population in 1801? (See information on vestry wall)
At The Lea – In what month (numerically) was the mural on the north wall restored?
At Linton – How many letters are missing from the makers name on the cast-iron pump housing sited at the base of the tower?
At Weston-under-Penyard – The number of letters in the maker’s name of the Millenium Window sited in the north wall of the Chancel
At Upton Bishop – How many oil lamp holders are suspended above the pews in the nave?

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