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Geocaching - An outdoor treasure hunting game

If you're looking for a different adventure, then how about Geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game for the whole family, using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

All you need is a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Membership. You can get this from the Geocaching website along with the necessary Geocaching smartphone app. Use the link below to reach the site.

The word Geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and to CACHING, the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms usually refers to information stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve, but the term is also used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions.

The Herding Hill Challenge

Herding Hill Farm is the starting point for the last hunt in a series of about 26 caches. The Geocache hunt goes from Herding Hill Farm in a circular route, taking in part of Hadrian's wall and heading north to the edge of Kielder forest.

The hunt distance is 11.5 miles and takes approximately 6 hours. The cache route has been prepared with the kind help of Northumberland National Park.

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An example of a geocache box

Geocaches vary greatly in size and appearance. In the field you will see everything from large, clear plastic containers to film canisters to a fake rock with a secret compartment.

A cache always contains a logbook or logsheet for you to log your find. Larger caches may contain a logbook and any number of items.

These items turn the adventure into a true treasure hunt. You never know what the cache owner, or visitors to the cache, may have left for you to enjoy.

The rules of the game require that if you take something, you must leave something of equal or greater value in return.
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