After reading a blog post at woofwagwalk on geocaching, I decided to have a look into it. So what exactly is geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor real life treasure hunt! Geocachers hunt for the treasure, known as caches, which are sneakily hidden all over the world. Within in cache is a logbook to sign and many have little trinkets in which you can swap. If you take something, leave something of equal or greater value. It is important to place the container back exactly how you found it, ready for someone else to find. Caches can vary in size and shape and can be hidden anywhere!
Sometimes the cache can contain a trackable item, they can be anything from a coin, dog tag or toy with a code. The code allows you to check where the owner wants the item to go. You have the choice to take the item and help it on it’s journey. I’ve even ordered Neville a trackable dog tag so anyone we meet can ‘discover’ Neville and track his geocaching journey!
So how do you play? All you need to do is download the Geocaching app on your phone, or use a GPS device. This navigates you to the location of the cache, then you just need to discovery the hidden cache using the hints!
With over 3 million geocaches hidden worldwide, there is probably one at the end of your street, as I discovered!
After downloading the app I realised there was a cache hidden at the Church at the end of our street! Light drizzle, on with Nevilles coat and lead. Out the door and walking down the road, the app beeped to let us know we were close. After checking the hint and a few minutes searching, we hit the jackpot! Our first of many future finds.
That was all it took to be bitten by the geocaching bug. I quickly set to roping in Lewis to join us, the following day we went on one of Nevilles regular walks. We found two more caches! And so Lewis was bitten by the bug too! We are very lucky that there are quite a few hidden around our village and along the River Severn and Severn Valley Railway. Many which we walk past nearly everyday!
Make sure you take a pen with you to sign the log book. With the tiniest of caches it can be tricky to remove the log (often a scroll of paper), so taking some tweezers may be handy.
Make sure you take snacks and plenty of water for both you and your geohound.
We spent the weekend exploring a little further afield. Neville is now a Geohound and will join us on our adventures to find even more caches. Our little weekend adventure took us to some very small villages off the beaten track that we would have never visited otherwise.
Firstly, we headed to Cleobury Mortimer where there was a multi cache hidden at the Church. This involved finding first clue, this clue gave the final GPS co-ordinates for the final cache.
We then visited the churches at Cleeton St. Mary, Silvington and Farlow. The country roads between the villages also had hidden caches, with some stunning view points!
While searching we met up with some fellow geocaches. It was lovely to meet other people which have been bitten by the geocaching bug. The couple had been geocaching for 13 years and had nearly 14,000 finds to their name!
Beth & Neville xx