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Type. Treasure-Hunt
Numbers. One Patrol. (If more than one, other Trails must be supplied.) 
Ground. Adaptable. Here reference is to area near Gilwell. 
Gear. Compasses. 
Time. 1 hour.


Hunt starts at Lodge Gates, Gilwell Park. 


(1) Locate Lamp (126) Main Road. 

(2) Go 60 yards S.S.E. 

(3) Oak stump ; pass by horizontal bars here. 

(4) Proceed by chain of links, E.S.E. 

(5) Locate and cross culvert, leaving tiled house with white gables on your W. 

(6) Enter and follow path, skirting N. of Forest. 

(7) At clearing on brow from position take bearings; FARM, bearing N.N.E.; ELM and OAK in line, bearing W. by N. 

(8) Proceed E. (10 yards) to clearing. 

(9) Bear N. crossing four gullies, then bear S.E. and skirt thicket sighting bent oak. 

(10) Strike S.E. to end of plain where 3 broad woodland tracks meet (with island of bushes and two young oaks). 

(11) Leave this on right traveling S.E. 

(12) On edge of Forest take woodland track to S. (about 350 yards). 

(13) Reaching cross paths with holly bush on each comer. 

(14) 20 paces to W., dead oak, bark stripped, with two horns, bear W. through Forest striking woodland path. 

(15) Turning S. sight two oaks in line (45 yards apart) standing in part of path on entrance to clearing. 

(16) Continue S. on main woodland path passing left of two small ponds. 

(17) Take next road track to E. reaching large oak surrounded by seats. 

(18) Go W.N.W. (about 350 yards) passing two ponds on your right, taking small woodland path to N. passing to N.E. extremity of larger pond. 

(19) Proceed N.W. through Forest (about 400 yards) to clearing. 

(20) Pass to other end of clearing arriving at tiled-roof house (which was starting-point in the Forest).

Comments. This is included as an example of how a trail can be set out using compass, and permanent features of countryside alone. These instructions are clearly only of use at Gilwell, but the method can be applied anywhere, town or country. The bare facts as given here could be worked up into a yarn.

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