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Join the world’s largest treasure hunt and discover our new rubbings trails

As part of our youth engagement project ‘Coast Path Explorers’ we’ve created new and exciting ways for you to get out and enjoy the Path this summer.  

First up – geocaching! Geocaching is a fun outdoor activity for all ages, where participants use a GPS to hide and seek containers called ‘geocaches’ or ‘caches’ at locations all over the world. A cache is usually a small waterproof container with a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil inside. The geocacher signs the log with their code name and dates it, proving that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache is placed back exactly where the person found it. 

Although not required, many geocachers decide to leave behind signature items, such as a small toy, personal geocoin, pin, craft items or small toy to leave their mark at the cache location. Objects like these are often moved from cache to cache and become "hitchhikers", whose travels may be logged and followed online. Some geocachers will even leave a specific goal to see the object reach a certain location or travel a specific distance.

Ahead of the summer half term, we’ve hidden 25 National Trail geocoins on the South West Coast Path between Heybrook Bay and the Yealm Estuary in South Devon. Our Geocoins are competing against each other to see which one can travel the furthest along the South West Coast Path and return to Plymouth by the summer of 2020 to coincide with the Mayflower celebrations commemorating the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth to America.  

These were put in place thanks to local Geocache enthusiast Sue Carlyon who will be tracking their progress. More details on how to start your geocaching adventure can be found at https://www.geocaching.com. So why not join the world's largest treasure hunt and enjoy getting to know the South West Coast Path with the whole family! Remember – there isn't always mobile phone service out on the Path so make sure you download the list of geocaches before setting off. Have fun!

Rubbings trail

For smaller people, or those who want to get away from technology, why not try out the rubbings trail? There are 12 rubbings to find by following the trails going East or West from Wembury beach. To get your trail leaflet either download from the website (www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/wembury-trail) or pick up from the National Trust carpark, Old Mill Cafe or Wembury Marine Centre.

On this mini adventure you’ll get to collect rubbings and also find out lots of interesting facts about nature and wildlife as well as tales of the local area. This is a great activity to do with children, and if you let us know when you’ve completed it, we’ll send you a certificate.

Published on: May 23, 2018