Get Geocaching

three children in countryside using a gps unit to hunt for a geocache

Geocaching is a hi-tech treasure hunt that is a great way to get the family out and explore the countryside. It makes walks more exciting and is a big hit with older children - and quite a lot grown ups.

Caches are small boxes that people have hidden all over the place. We have lots on the Clent Hills but they can be found anywhere, there is even one on the International Space Station. To find them you can use a gps unit or download an app which will use a compass to help you navigate towards the area where the cache is hidden. Once you are within a few metres of the cache it is down to you to search for it, under piles of logs, nestled within tree roots, there are lots of good hiding spots.

Each cache contains a log book that everyone who finds the cache writes in to say that they have found it and to leave messages for other people who might come across it. The caches also contain lots of small trinkets, the kind of thing you might find in a Christmas cracker, geocachers swap these, so if you want to take one from any caches that you find come prepared with trinkets of your own to swap them with.

Geocaching is a different and fun way to explore the outdoors with a group of friends or family. The hi-tech nature of it appeals to older children, particularly those who have outgrown a lot of the family trails that we traditionally put on.

You can get geocaching anywhere by downloading an app on your phone, or if you'd like a bit of a helping hand you can come to one of our geocaching events, where you can hire a gps unit, learn how to use it and go off looking for a series of caches that the National Trust have hidden on the hills.

You can find out when the next geocaching event is by looking at the What's On section of our website.

Upcoming events

Hidden Stories Ramble

Sun 27 May 2018
10:00-13:00
Get out in the fresh air and enjoy a sociable 5 mile ramble through the stunning countryside of the Clent Hills and surrounding area. As you walk find out more about the history and folklore of the hills.

Get Geocaching

Tue 29 May 2018
11:00-13:00
Have a go on the hi-tech treasure hunting craze. Learn how to use our GPS units to find a series of boxes that we have hidden around the Hills.

Spring into Summer ramble

Wed 13 Jun 2018
10:00-13:00
Enjoy watching the seasons change on this sociable 5 mile ramble around the Clent Hills.

Ramble with a Ranger

Wed 11 Jul 2018
10:00-13:00
Find out all about our conservation work and the wildlife of the hills on this 5 mile ramble led by one of our rangers.

Summer Play Trails

Sat 21 Jul 2018
09:00-16:00
Create your own adventures and have fun exploring the hills. Trails and challenges change each week and include a small prize.

Summertime Ramble

Wed 08 Aug 2018
10:00-13:00
See Clent in the height of summer and find out about summers long ago on this 5 mile ramble.