Geocaching in Cornwall
I’m still relatively new to the Geocaching world and by this I mean actually playing the game. I mentioned in one of my first Geocache posts that I’ve known about Geocaching since the early 2000’s but never played. Over Christmas we visited Cornwall for an extended holiday and I saw it as a oppertunity to bag a few more caches.
For those not in the know, Geocaching is a live WORLD WIDE treasure hunt. Thousands and millions of little boxes are hidden in different locations. The Cachers aka humans can use a set of GPS co-ordinates or, get this, an app on your smart phone to find the locations of said boxes. In them boxes are log books to make your presence known and if you find some lucky caches you can swap swag too.
Before you give me a comment of “I wonder if there is anything near me…?” Have a look! Download the app from geocaching.com and sign up, which you can do with Facebook, with the powers of location it will give you a map of your nearest caches. The basic version is free and easy to use. Winner. I’ll be shocked if there is nothing near you. Hope I can get you hooked…
Well I digress from my original mission, Cornwall. Knowing we were going to other side of the country I wanted to maximise my finds. For my birthday I was given a free months trial to become a premium member of geocaching.com. All the caches that I didn’t have access to with the basic version suddenly became available. There were literally hundreds in the area for me to go find, some pretty lengthy trails too that had 20, 30, 50 caches hidden.
Being out with the family, winter and cold I didn’t quite get the chance to find as many as I’d dreamt of but I did manage to tip my current finds over the 50 mark.
Our first was by accident, well I say accident, it was a day that I hadn’t planned to Geocache on. We were out with my Dad at Tintagel, there was a little bit of dawdling going on so I had a sneaky peak at the app while I was strolling. To my delight within meters of where I was walking there was one hidden!
Climbing down the cliff a bit, to my Dad saying, what on earth are you up to, I easily located the box. Not being prepared I had no swaps on me so I used the pen in the box and signed the log book and took a picture of this stunning location with Dave and the Robot looking on.
My Dad had only ever read of my Geocaching adventures on my blog so to see it in action he was amazed. He quickly asked if there were anymore in the area, there were but to our disappointment we just couldn’t find any. Sucks to be us!
Later in our week, we still hadn’t managed to fit in a dedicated day to find my hundreds, the weather wasn’t always on our side. We went up on to Bodmin Moor to test our OS Map skills out. Dave had spotted some interesting bits and bobs on the map and we thought we’d check them out. I figured out where there were some caches too. This one was particularly good…
King Arthur’s Hall. Up on the moors in the middle of nowhere this fenced off, historic location, is the ruins of a medieval hall. Around the edge are stones placed vertically to represent the chair backs of the Kings Knights. It’s a beautiful and wind-swept location with a clever Geocache hidden amongst it.
While up on the Moors we came across some stone circles too. It’s hard to imagine how or why these markers came to be, with lots of them about I’d loved to have seen their purpose from in ancient times. These stones were just upright in water and I thought they were pretty special.
Finally getting my dedicated Geocache day I opted to go to St Kew, there was a trail called “Amble round St Kew” and I thought it looked like a good one to approach as a family. It was brilliant. It’s great to see different ways that caches can be hidden and we certainly came across some good ones, I had to climb, dig and fish to find some, all very clever. My favourite though was this one…
Yes, in the phone box. BT were going to remove the phone box from St Kew but I think someone bought it to be used in the community. Inside is the Geocache box, a mini lending library and a notice board. This I think was genius. I like whoever set up this Geocache trail must have got others involved to make it happen. I love community spirit!
The Robot, as ever was a delight on these trips. Sat in his Daddies back pack chattering away. We really hope that one day he’ll be on the chase for the next find before we get to them… I am pretty sure he will!
So, have I got you hooked yet? Do you want to hear more about my Geocache adventures? Are you going to have a go yourself?