by Funk to Funky
GC5CW16 (Visit Cache Page)
N 51° 44.74 W 2° 47.301
( 51.74566666666667, -2.78835 )
Location: , United Kingdom
Monmouthshire Rural Churches - Llangovan
This is the twenty-fourth of the series and starts at the squat church of St.Govan in the tiny hamlet of Llangovan (which of course translates as 'church of St. Govan'). St. Govan was a hermit who lived in a small building in a fissure in the cliff near the village of Bosherston in Pembrokeshire which is well worth a visit if you are ever in the area as you go down a small footpath and have to go through the building still (St. Govan's chapel) to reach the waterside (see the related webpage link above). Why this particular church is dedicated to him I could not find out.
The church itself is a listed building but has been closed due to a colony of bats that inhabits the building. I believe that it still holds the occasional service in the autumn and winter if the bats aren't there. So unfortunately you cannot currently gain entry to the building but you are still allowed to enter the graveyard which is all you will need to answer the questions below.
To find the whereabouts of the final cache location look for the answer to the questions below and replace the letters for the appropriate numbers in the co-ords at the bottom. So here we go:
Go through the gate and head straight on down the obvious path to reach the western side of the church at the tower and face the door. To the left of the door near the ground there is a symbol scratched/engraved into a stone (I won't say what it is or that will give some the answer). There is one horizontal groove but how many vertical or near vertical grooves? A
Still looking at the door there is a distinct pointed hole in the wall to the right. How many red-coloured stones make up the outline/outer edge of this shape (include the top one). B
Head round the corner now. How many bells are hanging inside the porch? C
You'll now see the impressive cross too (and the splendid view behind). What shape is the main post and therefore how many sides? D
Head round to the other side now and there is an annex that comes out of the north east corner of the building with flat-spiked ridge tiles on top. If there are 15 of them E=5, if there are 17 E=7, if there are 19 E=9
Back to the tower and how many windows face west? F
Hint: (hover over pencil to decrypt)
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