Geocaching - Treasure Hunting Outdoors

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is treasure hunting in the great outdoors. You are searching for small containers, or caches as they're known, which hold objects and a log book. The objects can be traded but are usually of no, or low, value. The log book is to record who found the cache and when.

Hints and clues as to the whereabouts of these caches can be found for free, or for a small fee, on various websites. Usually GPS co-ordinates are given which give you a rough idea of where to look accompanied by one or more cryptic clues. So you need to be able to read a map or have a GPS receiver/Sat Nav - luckily most smartphones come with this function.

There are literally thousands of caches across the country so the chances are there are a good few near you! Some will be easy to get to, some will be very difficult to get to and some are even disguised.

There are no time limits and you can play at any time, on any day and for as long as you like.

Note that the cache location must be accessible to the general public so geocaching is not an excuse to go trespassing!

Why Geocache?

It’s healthy as you’re out and about in the great outdoors with all that fresh air.

It’s easily a group/family activity as who doesn’t like treasure hunting! You could also make it competitive, eg, who can find the cache first.

You get to explore new locations, many off the beaten track.

It’s free or at most, cheap.

What do you need?

All you need is a list of approximate locations, a smartphone or GPS receiver, and an explorer’s instinct.

There are quite a few websites which holds lists of these caches, some free and some paid for.

To assist the geocacher with a smartphone there are numerous (free and paid) apps available to provide locations, clues and to log your finds.

Objects to swap with those in the cache. This isn’t compulsory but it’s only fair that if you take an object from the cache you put one in.

Finally, depending on the locations of the caches and your enthusiasm you might require some form of transportation to get you to the approximate area. Caches almost always eventually require some exploration on foot to find!

Additional Information

Hopefully this money saving tip will give you a thirst to find out more:

Geocaching - Wikipedia Article

The Geocaching Association of Great Britain

UK Geocaching Information Site

There is a lot of information available so remember, Google and other search engines, are your friends!

Good hunting!

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