L'aventure, c'est comme la garbure...

Zouch' - Forestry

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When it is raining, the paths can get muddy and slippery. Make sure you are wearing suitable footwear.

(exhausted) Phew... What a day! I’ve been working so hard... I’m going back to my cache for a well-deserved rest!

(panicking) No, Zouch’! Whatever you do, do not go back to your cache!

Huh? Why can’t I go home?

Because of the wolf! A nasty old wolf! According to the forest animal’z... he set up his den right where your house is located! Every night, his sinister howl’z rise from the depths of the Gerbanères woods.

The nerve! Just wait till I get my paw’z on him!

There is a large car park by the departure spot: N 43°12.893' / W 000°21.629'

Walk along route du Village (D282) towards the forest trail: N 43°12.772' / W 000°21.666'. Pay attention to traffic.

At the edge of the wood’z... (N43°12.773’ / W000°21.726’)

Zarthus, about that wolf… Are you sure you’re not making it all up? I’ve never heard of him before today…

I swear it’s true. In fact, one day a hiker was walking his dog through the forest when suddenly, the dog set off after the wolf! He must have smelt his trail!

If you listened carefully to the Poï’z conversation at the very beginning of this quest, you’ll have no trouble remembering the name of these wood’z…
The word you are looking for starts with a G and ends with an S.
Count the letters in this name then subtract 4.

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

The name "Bosdarros" was invented in the Middle Age’z by the Viscount of Bearn. At the time, he wanted to create populated centres between the Gaves of Pau and Oloron. He named the area covered by a thick forest “Bosc d'Arros” meaning: the Lord of Arros’s wood’z.

At the next crossroads, head along to your right to get to the next step.

When a dog wags its tail... (N43°12.850’ / W000°21.867’)

Hi Zouch’! How are you doing, old chap?

I’m doing as well as an old oak tree can do! Did you know that oak tree’z are the king’z of Gerbanères wood? In the past, old folks would use oak wood to provide for all their needs… for heating and for building furniture...

And now there is a tree climbing park here, called Aventure Parc!

Bosdarros’s Aventure Parc is open from the French spring holidays to the autumn holidays. Further information is available at the front desk (at the end of the trail) or at +33 (0)5 59 21 68 11.

Look! We found the dog! They say that when a dog wags its tail, something’s about to happen…!

Hmph... I’ve heard that saying before and I also know about that wolf story. Would you like me to help you to get rid of him?

I would, Zépapeur! Let’s go!

Plot numbers (N43° 12.985’ / W000° 22.095’)

It must be over here... oh. No, wait... Maybe over there?

Zouch’? Don’t tell me you can’t remember where you live?!

I never usually come this way to get home! Fortunately, the foresters have divided the area into numbered plots, so as not to get lost...

There are red and white numbers on the trees that you can see at the crossroads.
Find the only 2-digit number.

Write this number down. It is the equivalent of B : B =_____
2 is a digit ; 20 is a number...

Continue towards the next step.

Natural regeneration (N43°12.840’ / W000°22.039’)

That’s strange... The oaks here look smaller...

Allow me to introduce you to the next generation! On this plot, a few large oak tree’z were kept to produce acorn’z, before being cut down. Once they had fallen to the ground, the acorn’z grew into these young trees, which will mature at the age of 150 years. This is called "natural regeneration".

Amazing! If only tree’z could speak, I’m sure they’d have so many stories to tell!

Believe it or not, they do communicate with one another! Thanks to their roots and the "substances" they emit, plants can warn each other! Some are even capable of making their leaves indigestible in case of a caterpillar attack, for example...

At the crossroads N 43°12.813' / W 000°22.039' head straight up the path. Once you’ve run into Noisette (a small lady wearing chestnut skin’z) go to the next step.

Delicacies (N43°12.662’ / W000°21.915’)

Over here! My house is up there... at the forest fountain.

What Béarn speciality on this drawing pairs well with fine wine?

  1. Garbure (stew)
  2. Ewe’s cheese
  3. « Coucougnettes » sweets from Pau

Write down the number of the correct answer.


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

The forest fountain (N43°12.665’ / W000°21.870’)

(an animal cries out from the fountain « HOO ! HOO ! ») Did you hear that? The wolf! Here I come you pesky creature!

What animal is actually hiding in the fountain? Have a look through the window to find out!
How many letters are there in this word that begins with an O?
Add 2 to this number and write the answer down.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of D : D =_____
If the animal is not home, how many square feet is the fountain’s basin?


Oh no! It looks like your cache has vanished! Where on earth can it be?

(out of breath) Hey... That’s what I was trying to tell you earlier on... and then… you lost me on the way uphill!

You know something? Do tell, Zalambic!

Your cache! The bottle you live in... Old Bartoulét snatched it! He mistook it for a jug of Jurançon wine!

Go back a few steps, then follow the path on your left at: N 43°12.655' / W 000°21.897'


On the road again: be careful! (N43° 12.634’ / W000° 22.002’)

The rest of the quest is partly on the road. Watch out for traffic. Walk on the side of the road.

Old Bartoulét went... I mean « stumbled » towards the town of Bosdarros. To find him, turn left and follow this road.

After the bend in the road N 43°12.566' / W 000°21.848', you’ll see a large stone pine at the top of the hill, behind a house… They say its ancestor lived to be 300 year’z old and that King Henry IV would come to rest beneath it!

At the next crossroads, turn right onto chemin de Rebenacq. At N 43°12.562' / W 000°21.792' follow the path down towards « Boucle du Soust ».

Pyrenees panorama (N43°12.550’ / W000°21.767’)

OK friend'z... Let's see who can be the most quiet of us all, all along the way... Shhhh! In order to avoid disturbing the people who live here, please walk quietly, save your rubbish for the bin, and most importantly, respect the neighbourhood's private properties.
Thank-you Tèrr'adventurer'z ! We know we can count on you."

At the foot of the path, turn left along the road towards the town hall.

Bosdarros Town Hall (N43° 12.587’ / W000° 21.715’)

Point of interest: the town hall houses an 18th century prison. Feel free to have a look... N 43°12.585' / W 000°21.718'


Greeting’z ladie’z and gentle poï’z! How can I help you? After all, it is a knight’s duty to help lost traveller’z... In 1385, when Bosdarros depended on the bailiwick of Pau, it was I who made sure that its 71 households lacked not a thing...

Hi Zéroïk... We’re looking for Bartoulét.

You must be joking?! That drunken old man?

Um… I guess so...

Well if you find him, bring him to me and I will send him to rot in jail! That rascal spends his time looting the area’s wine cellar’z…

How many leaves are there on the town hall fountain?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of F : F =_____
un doute ? En quelle année la prison a-t-elle servi ? 179_ (multipliez le chiffre manquant par 2 pour obtenir la réponse)

Bartoulét!! (N43° 12.641’ / W000° 21.704’)

Hey! That’s my bottle, you old boozer!

Find the sign at the corner of the inn, in a small cobblestone street...
What do the people of Béarn usually say about someone who has had too much to drink?

  • Il est parti sur une jambe (« He left on one leg »)
  • Il a chargé de travers (« He loaded his gear sideways »)
  • Il roule comme un galet du gave (« He’s rolling like a river stone »)

Count the vowels in the correct answer, in French.

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

Head up the cobblestone street, then turn right towards the church.

Saint-Orens church (N43° 12.659’ / W000° 21.705’)

Stand back and away from traffic to get a look at the main façade.

The church’s “accolade” door shows that the edifice was built in the middle of the 16th century. Built on the land of the lordship of Arros, it was located on a secondary route used by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.

What vegetable do the ornaments on the church door look like?

  1. Cabbages
  2. Potatoes
  3. Carrots

Write down the number of the correct answer.

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

Has anyone seen Zouch’ recently?

To reach the cache safely, please avoid the main road ! Follow the path around the car park, that leads past the school building, with wood cladding on it: N 43°12.680' / W 000°21.694'


The cache!

Shhh! Be discreet!

That's it. It's very quiet around here. No one will ever think to look for my cache around here...

« 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: N43°12.(A)(B-H)8' / W000°2(G-F).(Dx(11+C))8'
 The mystery word is written in the log book, inside the container

To return to the car park, follow the signs towards « Sentier botanique ». At N 43°12.764' / W 000°21.760' turn right to return to the path where you started out.

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

Contact :

Pau Pyrénées Tourisme
Place Royale
64000 Pau
05 59 27 27 08

Terr'Aventurers' comments

20 jan 2022

zetibo has found the cache

s'aitai trop bien !

17 jan 2022

vannina sisters has found the cache

Faite ce week end.

Bonne balade.


16 jan 2022

zetibo has found the cache

un peu boueux mais très jolie promenade

16 jan 2022

patrick.idron has found the cache

belle balade dans les bois, mais un peu boueuse. nous la référons avec les petits enfants

16 jan 2022

Pasc64 has found the cache

Chemin très boueux en forêt mais magnifique parcours en forêt et jusque dans le village

16 jan 2022

Nicolas.paille has found the cache

très belle ballade.

16 jan 2022

loranice has found the cache


16 jan 2022

May64 has found the cache


16 jan 2022

Viet64 has found the cache

Trouver 😁

15 jan 2022

Les aventurier… has found the cache

génial on s'est pas pris trop le choux avec la garbure !!😋😋