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

Winter Ramble

Sun 31 Dec 2017
10:00-13:00
Witness winter creeping in to the Clent Hills on this bracing 6 mile ramble

Winter Ramble

Wed 14 Feb 2018
10:00-13:00
Join us for a wintery ramble through the Clent Hills and surrounding countryside. Enjoy the bracing fresh air on this 5 mile walk finding out a bit about the history and wildlife of the place as you go.

Family Adventure Treks

Wed 21 Feb 2018
10:00-11:00
Go on a family walk with a difference. Each trek is tailored to a specific age group and is packed full of activities and challenges to do whilst being led around by one of our rangers.

Winter Ramble

Sun 25 Feb 2018
10:00-13:00
Join us for a wintery ramble through the Clent Hills and surrounding countryside. Enjoy the bracing fresh air on this 5 mile walk finding out a bit about the history and wildlife of the place as you go.

Spring Wake Up Walk

Wed 14 Mar 2018
10:00-13:00
Watch spring waking up on the Clent Hills.

Spring Wake Up Walk

Sun 25 Mar 2018
10:00-13:00
Watch spring waking up on the Clent Hills.