Track down a National Trail Geocoin on the South West Coast Path
We released another ten Geocoins this summer thanks to JOESMILE. That's 25 out ready and waiting to be found this autumn, with one of them found over 1,000 miles from where it started! We have a new geocacher team helping us put out the next 5 coins, Mike and Carol Noton from North Devon.
Geocaching is an exciting outdoor adventure for the whole family. It’s a treasure hunt for the digital generation, where you can enjoy the freedom of being outside and discovering new places.
You can use a handheld GPS or descriptive 'waypoints' downloaded from www.geocaching.com to find each 'cache'. Take your sense of fun with you and you're all set for adventure! Or you can download a free geocaching app for Android or iPhone.
A geocache or ‘cache’ is a small waterproof treasure box hidden outdoors. Geocachers seek out these hidden goodies.
So once you’ve found the treasure box – what will you discover inside? Most caches have a log book for you to leave a message in and the satisfaction of finding the box is a reward in itself. But often you will also find a strange array of trinkets that people have left to swap. If you take a treasure out of the box, you should leave another trinket in its place, so come prepared.
Pictured: Dave Hunter known as geocacher JOESMILE
Hunting down a geocache and discovering one of these beautiful Geocoins, featuring the acorn symbol shared by all National Trails, is a great way to experience the coastline while following one of our waymarked routes. A geocache enthusiast, known as JOESMILE, helped the South West Coast Team to place 10 new National Trail Geocoins in caches between Newquay and Padstow in Cornwall this summer.
Follow us on Twitter @SWCoastPath to find clues as to where some of the new coins might be that JOESMILE and the Notons are putting out on the trail.
The idea is that if you find a coin, you need to help it along on its journey around the South West peninsula so it remains within 2 miles of the route of the Coast Path.
Sometimes they do tend to wander a bit further afield but if you return it back on course we'll be eternally grateful.
For more information about geocaching, here's a guide on the official geocaching website to help get you started on your travels.
We're keen for local geocachers, and local caching groups to get involved, either through setting up new individual caches or geocache trails along the routes to help us distribute some of the coins, or by simply visiting the Coast Path and helping the coins on in their mission.
All geocoins are registered with the international Geocaching website.
If you are interested in finding out more or to offer help in releasing them, or get a little stuck with your treasure hunting please get in touch with us at [email protected] We'd love to hear from you.