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2017 Five Rivers Challenge

A series of caches, some listed on opencache.uk and some on geocaching.com, that take you to some of the most picturesque part of Dartmoor. Breathtakingly beautiful riverscapes.

Some of the stunning locations. Click the images to expand them.

View the cache page for the bonus cache on opencache.uk

Dartmoor Dave
Devon
23 points
No. 486
With owner
Monkey Island

A top TOP CACHE. It took me three visits on consecutive evenings to collect this one. The first evening I didn't even find my way to the base of the island. The second evening I got to within 5 feet of the top before my nerve failed me. The third evening I was absolutely determined to get there, and I did :-).

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Geckolegs
Cornwall
23 points
No. 11
With owner
King Of The Swingers - Double Locked

Probably the most outrageous cache placement I can recall having seen :-). A tree climb, requiring climbing equipment, in a large and very beautiful, but also very busy pub beer garden.

The location is gorgeous, right bedside the Exeter canal. The tree is simply magnificent. The garden is beautiful, and on a glorious summer day, at lunchtime, it was busy :-). Luckily the majority of people are 100 feet away, on the staging by the river, else it would have been too dangerous to use a throw bag to set the rope.

Normally I eschew muggly locations, but this one is different - it is SO over the top that it comes down the other side :-). And it has permission to be there, which makes me so much more comfortable.

A cleverly turned out cache, neatly made, great attention to detail and some gentle humour. The only way I can think it might have got more points would be if the drinks were free :-).

Dizzygirl taking her turn - click the images to expand them.

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collapsibletank
Devon
22 points
No. 206
With owner
DC26 - Dartmoor Challenge - The Henroost

A really great location near Skir Hill on the south moor, and a big box in an equally great hiding place :-).

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Dartmoor Dave
Devon
21 points
No. 463
With owner
Tristis Rock

First cache of the day, early on a gorgeous spring morning. A lovely walk by the river, through the woods and past acres of bluebells, then up the hill to a glorious view.

One to remember all my life.

Many thanks to Gary and Jane for the photos of the river. Click on the images to expand them.

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Spannerman
Devon
21 points
No. 17
With owner
De Lank Valley

I only came here as a prelude to "more important" caches on Bodmin Moor. Along a little lane, through a field, over a stile, down some crazy steps, and the valley unexpectedly opened up before me. A huge expanse of grass and bracken stretching as far as the eye could see. Getting to the cache location was a lengthy battle over steep, rough ground covered in dense vegetation, to reach an imposing rock formation.

I can see it all in my mind as clearly now as when I walked it. Awesome. And it was a great cache, too.

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Gribben
Cornwall
21 points
No. 3
Released
Brown Willy

A long and most enjoyable walk to the highest point in Cornwall, in a ferocious wind. Found as a TerraCache but now an OpenCache.

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Gribben
Cornwall
20 points
No. 14
Released
King Of The Swingers - Carpe Diem Challenge Cache

A great location and an amazing cache container :-).

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collapsibletank
Devon
20 points
No. 258
 
Lansallos Cliff

A great cliff walk to a very well hidden, industrial strength cache box, full of interesting bits and bobs.

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Gribben
Cornwall
20 points
No. 50
Released
King Of The Swingers - You call THAT a swing?!

Immense height, wide open spaces, a difficult task - and a fun multi :-).

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collapsibletank
Devon
19 points
No. 185
With owner
Satan's Pit

A classic cache that had been on my todo list for ever. I kept getting asked "have you done Satan's Pit?" Well, I have now :-).

Wizbit100 and dizzygirl making their exit - click the image to expand it.

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dartmoor strider
Devon
19 points
No. 301
With owner
King Of The Swingers - Limbwalker Nightcache II

Every bit as hard as the original Limbwalker Nightcache, but in a nicer location and no grumpy farmers ;-).

dizzygirl and Amberel limbwalking. Click the images to expand them.

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collapsibletank
Devon
19 points
No. 302
 
Foggintor Hoard

A remarkable cache container, the contents of which could have been used to stock a small shop :-).

Now archived - a real shame :-(.

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Lord Darcy
Devon
19 points
No. 24
With owner
The Dewerstone

Fantastic views on 3 sides.

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Spannerman
Devon
19 points
No. 47
With owner
Luxulyan Valley

Two caches, each of which individually deserve a top cache award. Much absorbing industrial history, but now spectacularly beautiful.

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Gribben
Cornwall
19 points
No. 58
With owner
Lower Dunna Goat

A nice location and a great hiding place :-).

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Dartmoor Dave
Devon
19 points
No. 461
 
water water

After a great walk from the start of the Devonport Leat at West Dart Weir to the end point right here, following the sinuous contours all the way, it was very appropriate to find this cache where the leat waters finally empty out into the reservoir :-).

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No response from c/o
bully & little princess
Devon
18 points
No. 186
No response
Beardown

Some big rocks and a big box :-). Found at the end of one of my most enjoyable day's caching ever, a long loop around some very remote parts of Dartmoor.

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Gribben
Devon
18 points
No. 69
Released
Berra Tor

We timed it right, just as the rain stopped. Some great views, some interesting history, and an enjoyable short walk.

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Spannerman
Devon
18 points
No. 68
Released
The Tinner's Rabbits

Utter solitude and silence, and a fantastic view down the valley.

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Gribben
Devon
18 points
No. 26
Released
HOLT BADGERS CROSSING

A great walk in a scenic location, and a fun scramble to reach GZ.

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Cantor Clan
Devon
18 points
No. 31
Released
DC02 - Dartmoor Challenge - Cranmere Pool

A good cache at an iconic location.

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Dartmoor Dave
Devon
18 points
No. 369
With owner
2015 Six Tors Challenge

A number of shorter walks on the moors rather than one long hike. 11 caches, some listed on geocaching.com and some on opencache.uk. Birch Tor, Buckland Beacon, Hookney Tor, Huccaby Tor, Leather Tor, Sharpitor, Welstor Rock - and one more that the bonus cache is hidden on :-).

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Dartmoor Dave
Devon
18 points
No. 462
With owner
Tamar Treasure Trail

So many amazing things about this cache - the inventiveness, originality, humour, technical ingenuity, the sheer scale of it, and the immense effort put into its creation. But it's a cache that needs a lot of maintenance for relatively few visits - when we attempted it, a couple of things didn't work. And these things were show-stoppers. We did eventually find the cache, but only because we had the luxury of phoning a previous finder to pass each "blockage". Without this, the cache would have had a huge TOP CACHE score - it may even have been the highest scoring cache in the West Country!

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muddypuddles
Devon
18 points
No. 259
With owner
Belstone Stroll

The award is for the series, but all the caches were good. Some were easy, some were very difficult. A lovely walk, with great views and some interesting history.

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Brentorboxer
Devon
18 points
No. 10
Released
Cherry Brook Trail

A great circuit with lots of good size and well stocked containers, through a wide variety of terrain from open moor, tuffety bogs and forest.

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Dartmoor Dave
Devon
18 points
No. 370
With owner
Skir Hill Trail

The TOP CACHE scoring system isn't really geared around trails, it tends to reward individually brilliant caches. But some circuits do make it, and this is one. A great range of dartmoor terrain and scenery, open moorland, springy turf, clitter, bogs, old mine workings and finally the gorgeous O Brook valley.

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Dartmoor Dave
Devon
18 points
No. 187
With owner
The Bedford Stones

Another excellent walk to an interesting location.

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Brentorboxer
Devon
17 points
No. 78
With owner
Legis Tor Vermin Trap

A great walk on Dartmoor to an interesting site.

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Brentorboxer
Devon
17 points
No. 67
With owner
The Cave Troll's Lair

A very considerable physical challenge, but one I really enjoyed. It looks tricky from the photo, then it gets harder once you're inside :-).

Combined with some fantastic scenery it made for a really great cache.

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BlazingOtters
Devon
17 points
No. 60
With owner
Roos Tor

Another great walk in what is probably my favourite place in the whole country.

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Gribben
Devon
17 points
No. 84
With owner
High Willhays

Location, location, location.

An iconic place for a cache, the highest point in England south of the Pennines. A great walk and a great view.

Sadly now archived :-(.

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Lord Darcy
Devon
17 points
No. 1
With owner
Three Wood Wander

The cache page had the correct co-ordinates. My GPSr said a couple of feet, and there was nothing wrong with it. Then came the dawning realisation, perversely amusing, that I was still 200 feet from the cache. In the wet weather and very slippery ground it took another 2 mile walk to cover those 200 feet.

It mattered not a jot that the cache had been muggled and stripped of all its contents, other than a note to say "Thanks for the stuff". I loved that moment of realisation, I loved the cache location, and I loved the superb walk beside the river back to my motor-cycle.

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Spannerman
Devon
17 points
No. 2
Released
Not Mush-Room in a Micro

A well made and placed fun micro, in beautiful woods, and beside the Devonport Leat.

Now archived.

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Vodor and Scorsby
Devon
17 points
No. 42
With owner
Bird's Eye View

An idyllic, albeit untypical, spot on Dartmoor. Green grass, moss covered rocks, gnarled trees, shelter from the cold wind, great views. And a sympathetic hide.

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Dartmoor Dave & Judy
Devon
17 points
No. 110
With owner
King Of The Swingers - Several Pitches

This covers 2 separate tree climb caches that are close together, and similarly named. A pleasant park in Exeter, and not as busy as I feared it might be - the few dog walkers who passed by just ignored us :-).

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collapsibletank
Devon
17 points
No. 207
 
BADGE (R'S) HOLT

A lovely walk and a great hiding place.

Now archived, shame :-(.

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plymplodders
Devon
17 points
No. 29
Released
Avernum

A little different from previous underground adventures.

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The Hamian Explorers
Devon
17 points
No. 154
With owner
Snaily House

Great views and an amusing story. I took the wrong route in the pouring rain and made much harder work of getting to this one than I needed to.

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Brentorboxer
Devon
17 points
No. 27
Released
The Cave Troll's Other Lair

I found the Cave Troll's Lair quite a while ago, and the "other" lair has been on my to do list for ages. On the way to Devon to walk the Devonport Leat I stopped of to tackle it. It took ages to battle my way through the undergrowth on the cliff to reach the start point. The cave itself was no problem as I've now been underground lots of times. But then there was the battle to get back up the cliff! Exhausting :-). Great location :-).

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BlazingOtters
Devon
17 points
No. 184
With owner
A QUICK 'DART' ACROSS THE RIVER

A gorgeous location, a good hide and an excellent container - the standard recipe for a TOP CACHE :-).

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plymplodder
Devon
17 points
No. 260
Released
King Of The Swingers - Out On A Limb

A tricky climb that involves more than just shimmying up and down a vertical rope.

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collapsibletank
Devon
17 points
No. 208
 
Hart Tor Brook

A great walk, very early on a cool but sunny morning, with the air as fresh as I've ever known it to be.

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Gribben
Devon
17 points
No. 91
With owner
Siblyback Views

The standard Gribben formula that has resulted in so many TOP CACHE awards - a great walk to a superb location, a good hide, a top quality container, and interesting contents. Only thing he didn't get right was the weather :-).

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Gribben
Cornwall
17 points
No. 101
 
The Way of the Dead

A remote cache on Merrivale, and some interesting history. Life (and death!) was very hard in those days!

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Redruth Roamers
Devon
16 points
No. 28
Released
Lido - Yes Tor

Just an unplanned cache "in passing" on the way down from High Willhays. But what an idyllic spot.

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ELDitton
Devon
16 points
No. 15
Released
Wooden Launder

A simply gorgeous little spot on Dartmoor, where a wooden launder carries a leat over a brook. Not far from the road, but could be the middle of nowhere.

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No response from c/o
Poole Dolphins
Devon
16 points
No. 113
No response
Animal Kingdom 02 - Oscar the Owl !!

A high one!

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GeoSoldier1612
Devon
16 points
No. 375
With owner
Withycombe Heights

An unexpectedly good quality series, each cache different.

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Creativeowl
Somerset
16 points
No. 542
 
Polkerris

Two good caches in a great coastal location.

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Gribben
Cornwall
16 points
No. 90
 
Mmm Beer

Nice location, nice hide, nice cache :-)

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team postie grum
Devon
16 points
No. 183
With owner
Hen and Chicks

A lovely and interesting walk by the river.

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Gribben
Cornwall
16 points
No. 89
With owner
The Tor in the Trees

Lovely scenery on a slightly different part of Dartmoor.

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Gribben
Devon
16 points
No. 76
With owner
Church Micro 8967...Torquay - St Michael

A very unusual Church Micro! Abseil down a rock face in Torquay.

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Yukonhuskies & Rocksniffer
Devon
15 points
No. 376
With owner
Ship to Shore

Different and interesting, to say more would spoil it.

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CleverCacheHunters
Devon
15 points
No. 374
With owner
Monkey Jungle

A great series of climbs in lovely woods.

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GeoSoldier1612
Devon
15 points
No. 373
With owner
Hunter's Hike

A superb walk with my granddaughter Philippa, at Hunter's Inn in North Devon, with a variety of terrain including clifftop and woodland, and a variety of caches and hides.

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TheStickyLabel
Devon
15 points
No. 211
With owner
Way Down West 86

The first individual cache on a large cache ring to receive an award.

Walking the series in reverse I climbed through some lovely woods onto a gorse covered hilltop, then emerged to a fantastic view and found a decent size cache in an interesting hiding place. Well worth an award.

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kevham1
Devon
15 points
No. 25
With owner
Dart'moor's Double Dozen

A lovely walk along both sides of the East Dart. Some very tricky hides, others more straightforward.

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Dartmoor Dave
Devon
15 points
No. 189
With owner
Aqueduct 2 Raddick Hill

A great location near the Devonport Leat.

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DizzyCacher
Devon
15 points
No. 30
With owner
The 239 Steps

Only the second cache to receive an award for a DNF. Time and tide wait for no man, and it was the tide that ultimately stopped me from finding this one.

A fantastic location for a cache, similar to though easier to get to and less difficult to climb than Monkey Island. This cache earned almost all of its points for the location and the WOW factor - had it been a better container, and better maintained, it could have been not just in my top 2% but right up there in my top 5 with Monkey Island.

I believe the cache container has been replaced since my visit.

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a2bee
Devon
15 points
No. 44
Released
The Old Oak at Red Rock

A very pleasant walk along the foreshore. Cache now archived.

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Lord Darcy
Devon
15 points
No. 52
With owner
Knowle Wood

A couple of very well hidden caches on a great walk beside the River Meavy, near Dartmoor. Ultra tricky hides - take the spoiler photos!

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No response from c/o
Spannerman
Devon
15 points
No. 88
No response
Eylesbarrow Tin Mine

A super walk up onto the moor, to a very interesting place.

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No response from c/o
Spannerman
Devon
15 points
No. 83
No response
Devil's Tor

A fairly remote cache at Merrivale, with difficult ground from east or west, though maybe much easier if approached directly. An interesting standing stone.

Now archived.

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Gribben
Devon
15 points
No. 79
With owner
Well I'll be damned

A good size container in a lovely location.

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Cantor Clan
Devon
14 points
No. 111
Released
Arlington Court

Lots of large containers on a lovely walk round the National Trust Arlington Court park, with some interesting sights on the way. The link is an arbitrary selection from the route.

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No response from c/o
NT Arlington Court
Devon
14 points
No. 100
No response
thanks tank no3 a beautiful view

A straightforward tree climb with a great view, just what it says on the tin :-).

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big eddie and yukon huskies
Devon
14 points
No. 205
With owner
Look into the Light

A lovely walk to a great underground location on Exmoor.

Dizzygirl near the cache. Click the image to expand it.

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SXSW (CoolHorse) and Siliconwombat
Somerset
14 points
No. 210
With owner
Island in the Stream

Unexpectedly difficult terrain in a "gorgeous" location near Meldon Reservoir, on a lovely sunny day in late winter. A real scramble to get to this one.

Leaving the island, and further downstream. Thanks to factotem for the photos. Click the images to expand them.

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Wadders & Kathryn
Devon
14 points
No. 55
Released
Sidetracked - Steam's Up - Buckfastleigh

The best SideTracked cache I've ever done, and the slipperiest steps I've ever climbed!

This cache has now been archived.

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Lord Darcy
Devon
14 points
No. 81
With owner
The Lonely Trainspotter

An unexpectedly good size, clean and well stocked container in an area where most of the hides were 35mm film pots or very small plastic boxes.

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No response from c/o
betsys beagles
Devon
14 points
No. 155
No response
Cox Tor

Four caches in a scenic spot. At the time of my visit the caches themselves had been in place for a long time and were rather "worn", but they took me on a lovely walk and the views were terrific.

The original series had now been archived, but there are still several caches on the tor.

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sonatellas
Devon
13 points
No. 43
Released
King Of The Swingers - Limbwalker Nightcache

A very challenging cache, just the one tree but you need to explore all parts of it :-). Only reason for a lower score here is that the location isn't quite as lovely as some of the others.

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collapsibletank
Devon
13 points
No. 209
 
King Of The Swingers - Latitude

A neatly presented challenge, as usual for this c/o.

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collapsibletank
Devon
13 points
No. 377