Battle of the bastide !

Zarthus - Panoramas, Nature

City
Saint-Pastour
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Level
Ground
Duration
2hrs-3hrs
Distance
6kms
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You just added "Battle of the bastide !" to your bucketlist ! You'll be able to visualize it in your adventure logbook.

I’m so glad to see you, friends! Please help me defend Saint-Pastour! My spies have told me that the Bad Poï’z are on their way to destroy our beloved bastide…

We’d love to give you hand Zéroïk! Let’s take a tour of the fortifications and make sure they’re safe !

The mobile network access can be poor here… please download the cache before leaving!

Departure spot : “place de la mairie” town hall square (N44° 29.369’ / E000° 36.123’)

Park your car on the town square. Then, walk along the road and take the pathway on the right, leading to the church at N 44°29.315' / E 000°36.086'. Walk around the church to get to the next spot.

The church (N44° 29.310’ / E000° 36.041’)

Welcome terr’adventurers ! You know what makes this town a “bastide” right? It is a fortified medieval town! Right angle intersecting streets, a central covered market, a fortified church… This one was built in the 15th century, by the southern rampart. It was partially destroyed during the Hundred Years War.

Zabeth, the Bad Poï’z are on their way to the village…

Oh dear ! Zéroïk must be furious! I’ll keep an eye out from the church top and let you know if I see anything, by ringing the church bell !

How many medallions that used to contain figures can you see on the pediment.


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of A : A =_____

Take the central street to get to the next spot.

The Seneschal’s house (N44°29.313’ / E000°35.987)

In the Middle Ages, a Seneschal was an officer who served the king. He was in charge of giving deeds and privileges to the townspeople, and was also a the town’s justice officer. This large house on the left side of the street belonged to the town’s Seneschal.

It was also called « Cabirol manor ». The architectural details on its western side are a mixture of 13th and 18th century styles. Its eastern part dates back to the 17th century. They are separated by a round tower called “échauguette” which means “watchtower”. »…

How interesting, Zouti ! What about those funny windows ?

Those are mullioned windows, my friend ! Stone or wooden vertical and horizontal elements divide them into different parts. Back then, you had to pay taxes on each window you owned. Mullioned windows sometimes cost double! That is one of the reasons they stopped making them!

Fascinating... Oh, I almost forgot ! The bastide is in danger and…

I heard… Try not to worry too much! I’ll help you to keep the rascally Bad Poï’z away!  

How many openings does the watchtower have ?


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of B : B =_____

Joan of Arc ! (N44° 29.307’ / E000° 35.951')

[Pouf] Who goes there?!

Calm down Zellé, it’s only me ! I see you are already aware of the upcoming attack…

I’ll guard the West gateway with my life ! Did you know that this door to the town was much older than the statue above it? In 1894, the Saint-Pastour abbott got very angry. One of his parishioners stopped coming to church! He set off to fetch the young man. “Please forgive my son for not attending church…” “You’ll have to offer me a statue if you wish to be forgiven”. Ever since then, a statue of Joan of Arc stands proudly above the doorway called “porte des Anglais” !

What is Joan of Arc holding in her right hand ?
1) A sword
2) A flag
3) A rose
Write the correct answer’s number down.


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of C : C =_____
Hint
read the question carefully...

Walk through the door then turn right towards the castle. Take the pathway down to the left of the castle. When you get to the rampart walkway at N 44°29.321' / E 000°35.895' continue to your left. Walk around the bastide to the next spot N 44°29.281' / E 000°35.956' then take the road downwards, to your right. Next turn left towards the “departmental” (main) road.

The church bell tower (N44°29.227’ / E000°35.972’)

Zéroïk, everyone is posted now !

Perfect. Now we must search for my sword, Durandal! It was given to me by Sir Knight Roland de Roncevaux… Let’s go!

Have a look at the lovely view of the bastide from here. Isn’t it beautiful, upon its rocky spur? The landscape below is a mixture of hills (called “pechs” in Occitan) and valleys.  

How many arch-shaped openings are there on the church bell tower? Have a look at the two visible sides.


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of D : D =_____
Hint
it’s an odd number, above 3 !

Be careful as you walk along the departmental road. Turn right towards “Monbahus”. Turn right at N 44°29.078' / E 000°35.869'. At the crossroads N 44°29.027' / E 000°35.601'  go straight ahead. Turn right in the pathway that heads upwards at N 44°28.954' / E 000°35.359'.

Durandal : the sword! (N44°29.020’ / E000°35.283’)

Find Durandal. What number is written on it ?


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of E : E =_____

Panorama (N44°29.168’ / E000°35.099’)

Well done friends ! Thanks to this sword, I can defend the bastide. Now let’s get to the village before the cavalry arrives…

You can spot the area’s plum trees from here! This is where the famous Agen prunes grow! They don’t actually grow in Agen, you see! They are called Agen prunes because they used to be sent by boat from the port of Agen.

How many bodies of water can you see from here ?


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of F : F =_____

At the end of the pathway, turn right.

“Lieux dits” localities (N44°29.287’ / E000°35.147’)

Now what Zéro’ ? Where do we go from here ?

Let’s see… Last time I fought against the English troops, I went the wrong way! In the 15th century, England and France were at war. At the end of one of the many battles that took place, Saint-Pastour fell into the hands of the English !

The Agenais area was quite coveted back then, especially during the Hundred Years War, because of its strategic location, on the Périgord border. Ramparts were built around the medieval town to protect it and fortifications were added on as well.

This way !

How many locations called “lieux dits” are there around you ?


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of G : G =_____
Hint
rhymes with “mix”!

Keep going along the road. Turn right at N 44°29.712' / E 000°35.004'. Then, turn right again at N 44°29.747' / E 000°34.996'. Turn right at N 44°29.833' / E 000°35.202'.


 

The river (N44°29.661’ / E000°35.362’)

I love hearing water trickling…

Bells! Oh dear! Zabeth is ringing the bells! That means the Bad Poï’z are approaching !

Look at the marks on the tree trunk. Red, white… what other colour can you see?
1) Yellow
2) Blue
3) Black
Write the correct answer’s number down.


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of H : H =_____

At the pathway exit N 44°29.347' / E 000°35.620' turn left. Turn right at N 44°29.385' / E 000°35.681'. Take the rampart walk.

The ambush (N44° 29.343’ / E000° 35.983’)

Ha ! No need to hurry, we’re already here! The town is ours!  

Let’s make a deal Zekid! If we manage to answer your riddle, you and your friends agree to get out of here! If we fail, Saint-Pastour is yours!

Deal !

What is the French word for “castle”? Count the letters in this word.


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of I : I =_____
Hint
Chambord

The cache !

Well done, friends! The bastide is safe again!  

« Attention geocaching friends ! No need to lift rocks, pick walls apart, or uproot plants... the cache is most likely there, right before your eyes! Remember that your quest must remain environmentally friendly ! Thank-you ! »

If your answers are all correct, the cache’s GPS coordinates will be green on the app.
Click on "locate the cache" then let the app guide you!


Cache coordinates: N44°(A)9.3(E)(F+1)' / E000°3(G).(I-C-5)(D+B)(H+1)'
 The mystery word is written in the log book, inside the container


Well done, you have found the cache!
See you soon for more adventures!

Contact :


Lot et Tolzac
Place des templiers
47110 LE TEMPLE SUR LOT
Tel
05 53 41 86 46
Mail
tourisme@cclt.fr

Terr'Aventurers' comments

15 jan 2022

Gaelle2b has found the cache

St pastour est un joli village mais parcours en campagne long et pas très intéressant mplc les sages

15 jan 2022

rene has found the cache

parcours de campagne
pas trop d'intérêt

13 jan 2022

cyrille BERTRAND has found the cache

mplc

12 jan 2022

AmélieJP has found the cache

Excellente cachette !! 🤪

12 jan 2022

JPC94430 has found the cache

Très belle cache

08 jan 2022

cocotimbargue has found the cache

parcours cool même la fin de nuit, un peu,voir très chatouilleux sur le dernier km. attention reste plus que deux poi'z. mplc

07 jan 2022

surcouf 35 has found the cache

très beau parcours dans la nature excellent

05 jan 2022

Team Gloria has found the cache

mplc

02 jan 2022

Marboutine has found the cache

mplc

02 jan 2022

Coutzy has found the cache

Mblc