Geocoins on the move!
In May 2018, 25 National Trail geocoins were sent on their travels from geocaches along the South Devon coastline between Heybrook Bay and the Yealm estuary. Their mission was to see which one could travel the furthest along the 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. We've been tracking their progress and some have been very busy travelling the South West Coast Path and clocking up miles.
"It is really interesting to have a look at their travels", explains volunteer Sue Carlyon, who is following their progress and ensuring that people are keeping the coins on track. "Unfortunately, a few have disappeared to collectors, but from the others, one has travelled 82 miles to Portland Bill in Dorset (No.3), another has stayed close to home, only travelling a few miles (No.9). Geocoin No.18 has made it to the north coast visiting Exmoor and Porlock Weir and has the encouragement ‘Come on Eighteen - good luck in the race!’ added to its log."
At the time of writing, the furthest travelled was No.11 which has clocked up over 4,000 miles which apart from a few trips up north seems to have covered quite a lot of the Coast Path including Bartine Castle, near St. Ives and Widemouth Bay.
What will their next adventure be?
This is part of the Coast Path Explorers Project, a South West Coast Path Association led outreach project, aiming at encouraging more children, families and young people to explore the Path which as well as the Geocoins, has also taken over 500 school children for adventures along the Coast Path this year, engaged with 350 school children in other activities and workshops, and is producing resources to help inspire the next generation about our amazing Path. For more information, visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/explorers
If you are a keen geocacher then simply look up the geocoins on www.geocaching.com searching for the trackables ‘South West Coast Path Explorers’. If you are new to this, visit our website to find out more: https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walk-coast-path/days-out/family-walks/geocaching-and-coins/
Published on: Oct. 31, 2018