Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf ?

Zenight - Night

Lac de Poncharal / Vigeois
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This is a night cache ! To make the most of your experience, bring along a powerful flashlight!

As the pale moon glows over the Correzian countryside, the people of Vigeois try to get some sleep… A rumour has been spreading throughout the forest… Sir rabbit has started locking his den at night. Sir deer heard the fearsome rumour too… and everyone has heard it… the howling in the middle of the night… There’s no doubt… It’s a wolf !

Zétoulu is such a talented storyteller, isn’t she friend’z ? And the best time for ghost stories is at night, of course!

Car park at lac de Poncharal : N 45°22.100' / E 001°32.125'.


To go from step to step, follow the little reflectors in the trees. Whenever you see two reflectors (one on top of the other), that means it’s time for a riddle!

Departure spot : the search party begins… (N45° 22.123' / E001° 32.180')

Welcome, terr’adventurer’z ! Ready for the wolf hunt ? Load’z of local’z have come to search for the beast as well !

How many torches has the search party lit up ? Count the lanterns hanging from the birch tree branches.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of A : A =_____
it’s an odd number.

« It ate all my geese ! », cried a farmer from Orgnac... « It was last spotted in the village of Lagrange... They even say it disfigured the farmer’s wife ! », cried another villager, from Beyssac...

Hmmm… everyone sounds quite upset. I’d better go and check it out. Friend’z, would you like to come with me and get a head start? Don’t worry, you don’t need a GPS. You won’t get lost ! I’ve scattered shiny reflector’z along the way !

Follow Zenight’s trail, by following the reflectors. Walk up the embankment to reach the row of trees.

Pay attention ! Two reflectors (one on top of the other) mean it’s time to stop for a riddle. The next one is near here…

Tip toe print’z…

We are definitely dealing with a predator ! Look, friend’z... Paw print’z...

How many paw prints did the wolf leave on the right side of the trail ? Count them until you reach the two reflectors at the end of the alley.

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

Follow the path and Zenight’s reflectors, on the right side of the path.

The old yew tree

Don’t move... I think... I think something’s moving in that tree !

Hiya’ !

Zouch’ ?! For Heaven’s sake, you scared the « Z » out of us ! So it was you hiding in the old yew tree ?!

If you think this one is old, you should see its cousin in the school playground! It’s 1.400 year’z old and they say it was planted when the Vigeois abbey was founded, back in the 6th century !

Find the yew tree on the right side of the path. How many trunks does it have ?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of C : C =_____
it’s a multiple of 3 !

Follow Zenight’s trail of reflectors. Take the path that leads deep into the forest…


Find the birch tree and the two reflectors...

By golly, what’s got into everyone ?

The farmer’z are looking for « The Big Bad Wolf ». They’re about to set off on a wolf hunt ! They want to keep their animal’z and families safe…

Well it wouldn’t be the first time... In fact, a few weeks ago, they asked the witch to get rid of it...

The witch ?!

Yes ! She lives in a mill by the river... The problem is that she is extremely old and can’t see very well. She can no longer decipher her spell book and was unable to get rid of the wolf. So she transformed it…

What do you mean ?!

Some nights, when the moon is in a certain phase, the wolf turns into a man ! The villagers have no way of telling it apart from an ordinary man, but I can tell you that the wolf-man is much stronger and of course wilder than an ordinary human…

During what moon phase does the wolf turn into a man ?

  1. The full moon phase
  2. The half-moon phase
  3. The crescent moon phase

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

Continue along the path lined with trees and ferns, then towards the waterside shelter.


Do you mean to tell me that there’s a werewolf in the wood’z ?!

Grrr. I hope you’re not talking about me ?

Zahan ? You live among these creatures !? It’s kind of gloomy out here...

Well, just like wolves, these critter’z have a bad reputation... But once you’re used to their presence, I can assure you that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

How many bats are there, flying above your head ?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of E : E =_____
beneath the roof of the shelter, by the water.

If you want the forest to go back to its normal self, you’d better go and talk to the witch. Maybe she can find a way to turn the wolf of Poncharal back into its original state ?

Follow Zenight’s reflectors. They’ll lead you to a lakeside path lined with ferns…

The witch

On the waterside, the witch seems to be watching over the mill tower. Can you see it ? How many openings are there in it?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of F : F =_____
it’s an odd number.

Hmm... Greeting’z Madam Witch... We... We would... We would like… Hey ! Come back! She’s leaving!

Ha ! Ha ! You’ll have to excuse my great-grand aunt... Ever since she accidentally dropped her glasses into the river, she can’t see a thing ! Is there anything I can do to help you ?

Yes. There’s a wolfman somewhere in the forest and we would like to turn it back into a simple wolf.

Well, that’s easy as pie ! I’ll cook up a potion… you’ll have to have the creature drink it... It’ll only take a few minutes...

Once you have reached the pontoon, the next clue is only about a hundred metres away. Keep an eye out !

The potion

Not only is my darling aunt the witch hard of seeing, I think she is also going slightly senile! Her vials are incorrectly labelled and are not closed properly! 

Find the creature that escaped from one of the vials!

  • A frog = 2
  • A bat = 4
  • A spider = 6

Write down the number associated with the correct answer.

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

Continue to follow the path and Zenight’s reflectors.


Zellé ? Are you sure you know what you’re doing ? Seeing you juggle with all those flasks is making me nervous…

Of course I’m sure ! Have I ever given you the impression I didn’t know what I was doing before? Ok, don’t answer that! Anyway, all we need to do is to mix the contents together, in a certain order…

Look around the parallel bars to find the answer ! The potion you spotted earlier on is worth 0. Add to it the number of droplets written on the round flask… Multiply the number you get by the number written on the rectangular flask. Mix it all, then add the contents to the heart-shaped flask… Abracadabra! Now what number do you get ?

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

Continue along the path.

Animal’z of Vigeois

There ! The potion’s ready ! Now you just have to have your furry wolfman drink it ! How ? Just follow the howling !

« Hoo Hoo »… Hey, that’s not a wolf... Who is it then ? Look around the bench to find the answer !

  • A bleating sheep = 2
  • A hooting owl = 3
  • A neighing horse = 1

Write the number associated with the correct answer down.

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

Follow the path. At N 45°21.940' / E 001°32.522', head up into the forest. Don’t lose sight of the reflectors !

Wolfman ?

“Just follow the howling”… Zellé has got to be kidding me! I’m completely freaked out!

Don’t be afraid... The Poncharal wolf is quite a misunderstood creature ! There used to be many wolves in Corrèze, before they were ruthlessly hunted... And yet these creatures don’t come near human’z if their territory is large enough and if there is enough food. They’re actually quite fearful…

Hey ! Is that what I think it is ?!

When he heard you approaching, the wolfman ran away, without having quite enough time to finish getting dressed! What piece of clothing did he forget on the clothesline hanging high up in the tree? Count the letters in this word that ends with a K, then add 6.

Write this number down. It is the equivalent of J : J =_____
the tree branches form a « W »… The piece of clothing is hanging several metres above the ground !

Follow the path into the woods, then reach the one along the lake. The reflectors are placed further apart on this portion of the trail…

An unpopular animal

Zahan’s right ! Books and especially children’s tales greatly contributed to giving wolves a bad reputation. Perhaps you’ve nothing to be scared of, friend’z ?

Just like the wolf, how many other types of animals are not welcome at Poncharal lake?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of K : K =_____
Read the sign. Need help ? K = B/3.

The cache !

Yay ! There’s our wolfman ! Hey, wait a minute, it’s only a child ?!

Apparently... Ok, now swallow this, little man cub...

Well done, Zenight ! The man cub has turned back into a wolf ! Be sure to keep a careful eye on him from now on, so that human’z and predator’z can live in peace!

« 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°(DxE).(FxI)(H)(B-A)' / E001°32.(G/2)(C-1)(J/K)'
 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 Terres de Corrèze (Bureau d'Uzerche)
10 Place de la Libération
05 55 98 15 04

Terr'Aventurers' comments

20 jan 2022

Sablé-Dubois has found the cache


16 jan 2022

Xael has found the cache

Dimanche soir, -3 degrés affichés, juste la lune pour nous accompagner dans la nuit noire... Toutes les conditions sont réunies pour passer un bon moment avec Zenight ! Et c'est le cas 😉👍 ! Le lac est gelé, on se promène dans le forêt à la recherche d'un mystérieux... A faire ! 😉
Bon travail sur les indices, mplc !

16 jan 2022

Choir87 has found the cache


16 jan 2022

guibau has found the cache

mplc !

15 jan 2022

karine 87 has found the cache


15 jan 2022

panic73 has found the cache


15 jan 2022

Lucas sam has found the cache


15 jan 2022

Raziel2 has found the cache

au soleil d'hiver

14 jan 2022

Juanou-Emilou has found the cache

Génial! ça valait la peine de se geler !! éclairés en plus par la pleine lune ... parfait pour ce parcours ;) Mplc

14 jan 2022

nathyam has found the cache