The Boubon forest cache

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Departure spot – the edge of the forest (N 45° 40.207' / E 000° 50.654')

Welcome Tèrr’adventurers, to the forest of Boubon ! This is an incredible place… Nature has inspired mankind many a time in this forest : to survive, create, earn a living and even for protection. An admirable place, indeed… 

Affirmative Zarthus ! Nearby, you will see holes dug by " maquisards ", who were members of the French war Resistance…

You will also see impressive contemporary Land Art! 

Let’s begin with a step back in time…

Ici, Boubon. Les français parlent aux français. Pour découvrir notre gourbi, prenez à gauche dans l’allée. Quelle allée me direz-vous ? A vous de deviner :
- Mon premier, comme l’angora, est agréable au toucher. 
- Ma seconde, bienvenue l’été, en esquimau est dégustée. 
- Mon tout est le nom d’un célèbre conifère. Empruntez l’allée des _____, jusqu’au prochain point. 

Write the answer's number down. It is the equivalent of Z : Z =_____

The maquis holes (N 45° 40.126' / E 000° 50.237')

During the war, Germany imposed a Compulsory Work Service (STO in French) on the Vichy government. Many youngsters had no choice but to work in it.

On March 2nd 1943, several dozens of people refused to undergo the STO’s compulsory medical check-up and protested against the Pétain regime, in the streets of Oradour sur Vayres.

They were chased by the police and hid in the forests of Boubon and Gaboureau. They decided to live as outlaws and dug underground shelters… 

Discover one of the maquis shelters N 45°40.1' / E 0°50.195'. Go on in ! But please remain careful and respectful…

Life was hard living in the forest… And the winter of 1944 was particularly cold. In the dormitory, two beds were set up to welcome members of the “maquis”. Rye straw was used to insulate the shelters.

How deep (in metres) was each underground bed?

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

There was a refectory nearby, where meals were taken and intervention plans were discussed as the war evolved…

Go to the following spot N 45°40.137' / E 0°50.119'. Take the street called " Allée des Champignons " to join the following spot.

« Feuillardiers » and « charbonnières » (N 45° 40.055' / E 000° 49.925')

Boubon forest is several hectares wide. Its trees enabled the area’s inhabitants to develop special skills over the years ! 

There used to be many forges in the area. Wood coal was needed for heating purposes. Wood coal was produced by people that the French call “charbonniers” (coal makers)…

They would chimneys made of logs from chestnut trees. They were basically a type of dome the coal makers would cover with dirt, so that no oxygen could get inside. A fire was lit in the chimney and coal makers would watch to make sure the wood didn’t burn too quickly. And that, my friends, is how wood coal was made!

Chestnut wood is so useful ! Its bark was used by « feuillards » (chestnut wood-workers), to cover their cabins, which were called « feuillardiers ». Its wood was used for heating purposes and for picket-making. Its leaves were dried and used as litter for animals, and of course, chestnuts were stored in special cellars called « clédiers » so they would remain fresh for several months.

And now, for a traditional Limousin chestnut recipe :
- Wash your chestnuts and remove their first layer of skin
- The next day, cover them in water and cook them in the fireplace. 
- Stir the chestnuts with a " desboirador " to rid them of their second skin.
- Pour the contents onto a grid and rinse with cold water. Layer potatoes in the bottom of a cooking pot and add chestnuts. 
- Your chestnuts should come out caramelized and your potatoes should be slightly crunchy! Deliciou !

What is the name of this old Limousin recipe ?
1) Les châtaignes blanchies (whitened chestnuts)
2) Les châtaignes rôties (roasted chestnuts)
3) Les châtaignes bourrues (rough chestnuts)
Write the answer’s number down.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of B : B =_____
when chestnuts are cooked this way, they change colour !

Hey troups, it’s not time to relax yet ! Chief Zarthus is waiting for you!

The panorama (N 45° 40.111' / E 000° 49.560')

OK geocachers, take a small break to admire one of Limousin’s finest panoramas !

Do you remember what town you are in ? How many letters are there in its name ?

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

Head to the next spot N 45°40.180' / E 0°49.375', and turn right.

Limousin or Peru ? ! (N 45° 40.256' / E 000° 49.455')

Well, these are quite different from our Limousin cows, aren’t they ? Alpacas, here?! 

That’s not the only surprising thing about this place ! Look at the small machine in the inner courtyard. The French call it a «travail», which means " work ".

It was used to lift farm animals such as cows and horses above the ground in order to care for them : mainly to shoe them and to file down their hooves. 

Look at the inner courtyard’s roof. What is it roof made of ? 
1) Slates
2) Tiles
3) Straw
Write the answer’s number down.

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

Go to the next spot. You will see Boubon’s old abbey to your right. It a private propery now. Please keep out !

The abbey (N 45° 40.390' / E 000° 49.590')

Their used to be a mighty women’s monastery in Boubon.

It was founded in the early 12th century by the English, during the Hundred Years War. It was rebuilt in the 16th century by Lords Pompadour and Lastours. 

Nuns took the monastery back in 1528 and turned it into a girls’ boarding school. The area’s finest young ladies attended the school. During the French Revolution, the nuns were sent away and the building was torn down.

Nowadays, you can see vestiges of the buildings and what used to be part of Saint Jean de l’Habit, chapel, which is now a barn. 

Head right, towards the next spot.

The pond (N 45° 40.322' / E 000° 49.919')

This pond is as old as the abbey. We don’t really know what the nuns used it for.

What is the geometric shape of the pond ?
1) Round
2) Triangular
3) Square

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

Don’t forget to put her back where you found her! Head back a few steps, then left. Go to the next spot N 45°40.3' / E 0°50.294', then turn left.

Land Art (N 45° 40.318' / E 000° 50.384')

 So, what do you say ? Pretty cool, eh ? Nature is so full of beauty and surprise! Artists use wood, stones and many other elements to create art.

What’s sad about Land Art is that it never lasts. Oh, I can’t bear to look ! 

Don’t be silly ! Have a look and take some pictures to make it last ! 

How many totems are there around the « temple » ? 

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

Go back and head to N 45°40.13' / E 0°50.4'.

An animal is sculpted on this Land Art totem. What type of animal is it ? 
1) A deer
2) A bird
3) A wild boar
Write the answer’s number down.

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

The cache !

Congratulations friends ! Well done ! 

Sir ! Yes sir ! 

« 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: N45°(AxD)0.(E+1)5(B)' / E000°(4+G)0.(F-1)1(C-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 :

Office de Tourisme Ouest Limousin (Oradour/Vayres)
5 Avenue du 8 mai 1945
05 55 78 22 21

Terr'Aventurers' comments

26 jan 2022

Flavierouve has found the cache

Super balade!

25 jan 2022

benoit87100 has found the cache

De toute beauté !

23 jan 2022

Lyly 66 has found the cache


23 jan 2022

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23 jan 2022

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23 jan 2022

hay family has found the cache

Oups je me suis trompé !

23 jan 2022

Famille hay has found the cache

yes ! trop beau !

23 jan 2022

emeline16110 has found the cache

tres bonne balade et très beau lieu

23 jan 2022

emeline16110 has found the cache

très bonne balade, attention prévoir des chaussures étanches