Geocaching at Hatchlands Park

Boys with a GPS device

Join in with the world’s largest treasure hunt at Hatchlands Park. Suitable for all ages and a great way to enjoy the outdoors and explore new places, we have eleven caches hidden around our 400 acres of parkland just waiting to be discovered.

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a treasure hunt for the digital generation, an outdoor hobby that you can follow all over the world. A geocache, or cache, is a waterproof container hidden outdoors and containing small items of treasure for you to find. You can seek out each of these stashes using a GPS device to track coordinates downloaded from the geocaching website. There are over 2 million geocaches globally.

Sounds awesome, how do I get started?

All you need is a smartphone or GPS device and a sense of adventure. First create a free account by downloading the geocaching app onto your device, and you’re ready to go. Your new app will discover geocaches nearby, just choose the cache you want to find and then navigate to its location.
Find the cache, sign the logbook and even trade items
Boys with a GPS device
Find the cache, sign the logbook and even trade items
Once you’ve found a cache (and celebrated wildly) you can sign the logbook, trade items if you want to, and then log your find online. When you’re finished carefully replace the cache exactly where you found it and you’re on to the next one.

So, what about the caches at Hatchlands?

We have 11 caches spread throughout our parkland. Most of them can be found along sections of the Long Walk that runs around the perimeter of Hatchlands Park. Our series of caches is family friendly and not too high on the difficulty scale, although (spoiler alert) there may be a height advantage to be gained in some cases. Each cache contains a logbook for you to sign and leave feedback as well as some treasure for swaps.
If you happen to be one of our younger visitors, don’t forget that finding a geocache is now number 49 on our list of 50 Things to do before you're 11¾. You can collect your 50 Things scrapbook from our Visitor reception when you arrive and collect a geocaching sticker to stick in it before you leave.