New National Trail Geocoins to be released

20th August 2014

In July, August and September ten new Geocoins, one a week for ten weeks will be released. The first will coincide with the start of the National Trail Geocaching Week from 12th to 19th July. The last as part of the Great South West Walks event 20th to 28th  September. One of our Geocoins has already travelled over 1,000 miles from where it started!

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.

A geocache enthusiast, known as JOESMILE, is helping the South West Coast Team to place these new National Trail Geocoins in caches between Newquay and Padstow in Cornwall.

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.

Follow us on Twitter @SWCoastPath to find clues to where some of the coins might be. We'll be posting news about these new Geocoins - their mission is to complete as much of the 630-mile route as possible and get back to where they started from.

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. Those that travel the furthest and have the most ineresting journeys throughout the year will be offered a reward to celebrate the annual National Trails Geocaching weekend in July.

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 swcpteam@devon.gov.uk We'd love to hear from you. 

Happy hunting!

Published on: July 11, 2014

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