Looking for something fun to do over the holidays that doesn’t break the bank? Why not try geocaching. It’s great fun, free and a great way to explore the outdoors.
In a 21st century version of the treasure hunt, geocachers use their smartphones or a device with a global positioning system (GPS), to locate hidden containers, known as geocaches. The activity, which was first created in 2000, is perfect for days out along the Wales Coast Path, as it offers the opportunity to go to places they’ve never been before. There are some top tips (outlined below) to ensure your experience is enjoyable, such as Follow the guidelines (outlined below) to ensure that you make the most out of geocaching. There are already hundreds of caches planted by enthusiasts, just waiting to be discovered along the 870-mile path, which stretches from the Welsh border in North Wales to Chepstow in the south.
Quentin Grimley, Coastal Access Officer from the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) said: “If you're planning a weekend activity holiday or just a short adventure along the Wales Coast Path and want to do something different, geocaching is the pastime for you. “It is a great way for the whole family to get out into the beautiful Welsh countryside and enjoy the wellbeing benefits of being active outdoors while exploring all that the Wales Coast Path has to offer.”
The caches usually contain a logbook, so that the finder can input their details and the date they discovered the cache. These have been put in place by fellow enthusiasts, who then publish the details on the web so that other people can find them. Sometimes, the boxes also contain low-value trinkets for trading. Geocachers then log their find on websites such as www.geocaching.com, with an established code name and share their experience, tips and advice.
Peter Hewlett, founder of website www.geocachingwales.com said: “Geocaching is a fantastic way to access the many interesting places in Wales. “By surveying the map on a geocaching website, you can see the area where the caches are hidden and read all about places of interest associated with the cache.
This is great family fun and turns a walk into a treasure hunt.” Great geocaches on the Wales Coast Path:
See the Geocaching Wales website for the full list.