Geocaching volunteer Pam Westley
As a National Trust volunteer, I look after a series of thirteen geocaches hidden all around Brimham for visitors to discover.
Treasure in the rocks
I have been a keen geocacher since 2002 (having found over 2,000 caches stretching all the way from Iceland to New Zealand!), so I was delighted when the team at Brimham asked me to look after their geocaches.
I was already volunteering as part of their countryside team, but I jumped at the chance to help out with maintaining the caches as well as running geocaching taster sessions.
How it all started
This led to many more opportunities within the Trust and I now have several roles volunteering at both sites. In addition to the geocaches at Brimham, I also assist visitors at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, lead guided walks on geology, herbs and folklore and I help to record and monitor wildlife activity as a member of the wildlife teams.
" If you venture out into Brimham Rocks you’ll find treasure hidden. I look after a series of thirteen geocaches hidden all around Brimham for visitors to discover. It's a great way to spice up walking in glorious countryside, particularly for children who may need convincing of the joys of walking. So get out there and search for treasure. "
All the geocaches at Brimham are traditional caches. Co-ordinates for eleven of them are on the geocaching website so visitors can go straight out to find them. To find the remaining two geocaches (one for each series) however, you have to collect clues hidden in the other boxes to give you the final co-ordinates for the bonus cache.
This way, visitors have the enjoyment of the walk, the fun of finding the caches and a bit of mind stretching to find the last ones. There are other National Trust properties with hidden geocaches within their boundaries, so this allows you to combine the experience of geocaching with the enjoyment of the place.