Geocaching in simple terms is a treasure hunt using a GSP unit – The object of the activity is to find hidden 'geocache' in various locations dotted around the country.
Each ‘cache’ container is given a coordinate and contains a log book, in order that a record of each find can be recorded. Some cashes contain small items which can be taken away by the finder, however these items should be replaced by something you wish to leave for the next person who finds it.
A map of all recorded caches can be found at the following site, detailing their coordinates, cashe type, star rating on size/difficulty in finding and small clues where to find each one (as the caches can be tucked away). There are various different types of cache ranging from the traditional ones to Mystery and Puzzle.
|* The Cache comes in all shapes and sizes from Micro to large 'Ammo' boxes|
Some of the cache location details are only available to Premium members on the website (£30.00 per year); however the majority are available to everyone with a basic account (no charge). Each time a cache is found a record of these finds can be logged on the website to keep a full log of all the ones each person has located.
There are thousands of these caches located around the country (and tens of thousands around the world) including
East Yorkshire, some of which I’ve detailed below close to where I frequently walk. I have also started to include locations of some of these on the walks detailed on this blog, so that these can be located whilst out on the routes.
|* Geocaching map showing caches in my area|
Although the Caches are located at their individual coordinates (and can be located exclusively) a number of them have been setup to create a challenge. These caches have been grouped together (in terms of how they are named) to produce a route, each cache being found in turn. The distances between each of these caches vary and therefore the routes can differ in length. It is therefore worth checking to see where these challenges are and look to see if one is available in the area you wish to explore (I have detailed one of these challenges below as an example).
Although my family love to get out walking, I've found that this is a fantastic way to keep my boys interested and gives them something exciting to do on our walk. It also gives them an opportunity to have a go at using a GSP and looking at the website before hand to design a route (I've found the walks they do design seem to get longer each time as they try and pack in as many potential caches as possible!)
Finding cashes near Brantingham - Total of seven found on this occasion
Give Geocaching a try!