Geocaching in Lancashire
Outdoor enthusiast Andrew Ditton tries his hand at geocaching for the first time and finds it is a great way of exercising the body and the grey matter at the same time.Read article
Make your lockdown walks a little more interesting with Geocaching: a fun treasure hunt for all the family.
Life in the UK has been a little different this past year, with many of us trying new skills and hobbies to try and keep busy. If you’re looking for ways to make your daily walk a little more interesting, why not give geocaching a try.
Remember to check local government guidance before travelling and make sure to follow Covid-19 hygiene practices to stay safe when opening caches.
Perfect for those who love the great outdoors, geocaching is an activity whereby people hide ‘caches’ in a variety of places, leaving clues and co-ordinates on geocaching.com to help their cache be discovered. Then, it's down to you to find the cache they've left.
The main way of discovering caches is using the Geocaching app, which is free to download and use, though users can pay for a premium subscription to unlock additional features such as harder-to-find caches.
When you first launch the app or website, you can browse geocaches nearby - or further afield. Simply select the one you wish to visit, and navigate your way there using your smartphone or handheld gps device. If you get stuck, you can ask for a hint which should hopefully help you find what you’re looking for!
When you find a cache, you can usually sign the physical log book as well as recording your find at geocaching.com or on the app on your smartphone. Sometimes there are items in the cache which can be traded with one of your own. These items or prizes hold very little value, but add a bit of extra fun to discovering a cache.
In summary, geocaching is essentially an outdoor treasure hunt taking place all over the world.
There are many reasons to try geocaching, here are a few:
Where will your first geocaching adventure take you? We'd love to see any photos you take on your travels, so be sure to submit them here.