Geocachers are being asked to help celebrate North Sea Trail Day on 4 September 2011 by tracking down two caches hidden on the coast of the North York Moors National Park. Anyone completing the route on either the 3 or 4 September and registering their find at www.geocaching.com will be sent a special geocoin.
The caches were created by children from Hackness Primary School and Hawsker cum Stainsacre Primary School and are hidden on National Trust land at Ravenscar and Hayburn Wyke. Each cache is named after the school and contains little treasures which children, especially, might like to swap. There is also a log book and pencil for people to record their visit.
The two caches are linked by the Cleveland Way National Trail. People can either complete a circular 9.5 mile route heading back along the old railway line or alternatively (on 3 September only) catch a bus back to their starting point (see www.yorkshiretravel.net for buses from Ravenscar). The suggested route is shown on Google Maps using this link.
Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer for the Cleveland Way, said:
“The school children had great fun producing the caches and finding a suitable hiding place for them. We’d like to invite people to help us celebrate North Sea Trail Day by combining a treasure hunt with a stroll through some stunning countryside from the majestic cliff tops at Ravenscar to the secluded bay at Hayburn Wyke. Participants will receive a ‘Coast Alive’ geocoin to hide in a cache of their choice.”
People will need to register at www.geocaching.com to find the GPS coordinates for the Hackness School and Hawsker cum Stainsacre School geocaches. Once they’ve located the caches, they will need to log their find on the website and email Malcolm Hodgson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an address to send the Coast Alive geocoin to.
The North Sea Trail walking route links coastal trails in the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Coast Alive is a European-funded project that aims to improve people’s health and wellbeing by using the North Sea Trail in innovative ways.
Geocaching is a worldwide game of seeking treasure. A geocacher can locate a geocache anywhere in the world with the help of a GPS or GPS-enabled mobile device and GPS coordinates that are listed online. It’s one of the world’s fastest growing live, recreational social media activities.