Geocache with Spike at Newark Park
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Join the global treasure hunt and discover geocaching at Newark Park
Geocaching is an exciting outdoor adventure for the whole family. It’s a treasure hunt for the digital generation, where you can enjoy the freedom of being outside and discovering new places. All you need is a handheld GPS and a sense of fun.
Spike the dragon, the weather vane who has surveyed the estate since around 1550, has hidden nine caches at Newark Park. Three are within the garden and six are across the wider estate. The house and gardens are open March to November, Wednesday to Sunday (check our detailed opening times and entry prices). The wider estate is free to explore from dawn to dusk every day.
Download a treasure map for Spike's stash or pick up an information sheet from reception when we're open.
Your kit or ours?
Our caches are all contain a logbook that you can sign to show when you found it. After signing the log, please place the cache back exactly where you found it. Spike has hidden trinkets and treasure in some of the caches for trading, but please only take the treasure if you can swap it for something new. When they have nothing to swap, geocachers in the know sign 'TNLN' (took nothing, left nothing). You can log your experience and thoughts about the cache at www.geocaching.com - you'll just need the cache code which is noted in or on each cache.
Newark Park - a great place to cache
Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley and to the Mendips beyond. This remote corner of south Gloucestershire is a secret and unspoilt place, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction. A place of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and sprawling parkland, there is much to see and do.
Geocaching here is a great way to explore this beautiful estate.
Please be aware that some of the paths on the wider estate are quite steep and can be muddy at times. Some also pass through fields, which are often grazed by livestock so please close all gates behind you.
Geocaching is really easy to get going with, so what are you waiting for? Head to Newark Park and see what you can find.