Geocaching is fun for all the family and can often turn a “boring” walk into a exciting mini adventure for youngsters.
Geocaching is a great way to get active and get out exploring the world around you and is easily accessible to people of all ages, ability and fitness.
So what is geocaching?
It can be best described as a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.
Participants navigate to a specific set of coordinates and then attempt to find the cleverly hidden containers around the world.
To find a geocache you need to have a handheld GPS device or a GPS enabled device such as a smart phone using a geocaching app. You can download free apps for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices.
You also need to set up a free user account with www.geocaching.com to allow you to locate and log your finds. If you catch the bug you can upgrade to a premium account which allows you access to more geocaches and special functions.
Geocaches are often small box like containers and vary widely in shape and size. They each contain a paper log sheet or note pad to allow finders to log their visit.
Larger geocaches can also allow people to place small items in it. If you take something from the box you must replace it with something else.
The Trust has a wealth of exciting geocaches set in five woodlands: Sutton Wood, Preenshead, Lloyd’s Coppice, The Crostan, Haywood. The SGCT Geo-caching sites were introduced into the woodlands in 2012 and are widely used.
Official SGCT Geo-cache label
Find out more
You can download the mobile apps from https://www.geocaching.com/play/mobile