Top ten places to go geocaching
Geocaching is a treasure hunt for the digital generation. It's also number 49 on our list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. Follow the co-ordinates on a smartphone app or GPS to find hidden boxes, known as ‘caches’. Inside most caches you’ll find a log book for you to leave a message and a strange array of trinkets that people have left to swap.
Before you set off take a look at our geocaching page for more information about how to play. Whether you walk, run or even cycle to your geocache don’t forget that once you’re finished you can tick it off your 50 things list.
Here are a few top tips to get you started:
‘Look for things that are slightly out of place. For example a bunch of twigs sitting lined up at the foot of a tree could cover a hollow that’s hiding a cache. The geocaches near Brancaster Estate are always fun because they take you to largely undiscovered parts of the estate.’
- Alex Green, learning officer
‘Remember to keep moving so the GPS can pick up your location.’
- Alison Joseph, member of staff at Dunwich Heath
Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley and to the Mendips beyond. It is a secret and unspoilt place to explore.
Spike the dragon, the weather vane who has surveyed the estate since around 1550, has hidden nine caches. Can you find them?
‘Lytes Cary Manor has a series of five geocaches placed out on the estate by one of our volunteers. They are all close to the main way marked routes and finding them makes for a fantastic walk. If you want to have a go at geocaching, but don’t have a GPS unit, then downloading a geocaching app to your smart phone can make for a great introduction.’
- George Holmes, area ranger
GPS units are not provided at Lytes Cary Manor, but GPS signal is good so bring your own smartphone or GPS to complete the trail.
There are three great caches in this area. Find our Bellister Estate cache to go to a place of hidden beauty. You will cross rolling hills and little bogs so make sure you bring some good walking shoes. You can see Hadrian’s Wall at our Housesteads Wood cache or find out more about Allen Banks at our Troll Bridge cache. All three of these caches are great for exploring as they take you to places that you otherwise might not discover.
‘We have a geocaching trail that’s great for first timers and old hands. Make sure you use the clues as the GPS doesn’t pin point the exact location of the cache; it’s a hunting game.’
- Sophie Ellis, ranger at Polesden Lacey
Ask at visitor reception for a GPS unit and for information on how to use it. You can also reserve these in advance if you call us ahead of your visit. Or if you prefer you can download the co-ordinates to your own device.
There are four caches waiting to be found at Wicken Fen, each with a wildlife or habitat theme and family-friendly activity. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for Konik Ponies, Highland Cattle, Kingfishers, Marsh Harriers, Cuckoos and Roe Deer. GPS units are available for hire at Wicken Fen.
This was one of our first ever geocaching trails and has six boxes, all located in the wooded parkland. The caches are themed around the wildlife, habitats and history of the area and include key facts about how we're caring for the woodland and wildlife. Each treasure box also contains an interactive family-friendly activity for visitors to take part in. Please bring your smartphone or GPS unit as they are not available for hire.
‘We have over 20 geocaches to discover at Clumber Park. The caches can be done in any order and they take you around most of the park so you’ll get good views.’
Gareth Jones, ranger
GPS units are not provided at Clumber Park so please don’t forget to bring your own GPS or smartphone.
There are four National Trust caches hidden in different parts of Roseberry Topping. To find them you'll have to explore Newton Wood, Cliff Ridge Wood and Roseberry itself. Do all three of these to reveal the location of the final cache located on Newton Moor.
The Clent Hills have four caches to discover. Each cache has been carefully hidden to provide a family-friendly ramble that takes you through woodland, meadows and to some spectacular views. The caches tend to contain activities for kids and these are changed on a regular basis. GPS units can be hired on site.
There are three trails to choose from at Dunwich Heath and you can borrow a GPS unit, which the team can show you how to use. They will also explain everything you need to know to get you started. Our trails take you to all the best parts of the site and there is interesting information inside each geocache about the place where it’s hidden.