Geocaching

Geocaching

Geocaching is a great new way of having fun in the countryside. It involves hunting out carefully hidden caches using maps and satellite navigation devices called GPS (Global Positioning System) receivers. If you find a cache (and some are very hard to spot!) there are often trade items in them that you can swap and a log book for you to record your visit. Back home you can log your visit onto the internet.

To find out about caches within Dartmoor National Park log onto the international geocaching website - www.geocaching.com (external website, opens new window). Registration is free and then you are ready to start geocaching! You will first need to find out the co-ordinates and clues for your nearest caches, the quickest way is to enter a postcode. Choose which ones you want to bag and then download or enter the co-ordinates manually into your GPS receiver. Check out the best way to get to the site using an up-to-date Ordnance Survey map and then off you go!

Dartmoor is home to a range of important species of ground-nesting birds and caches must be positioned so as not to disturb sensitive wildlife or placed within archaeological sites.  These guidleines have been developed in light of the guidance issued previously to letterboxers.

Geocaching guidelines for Dartmoor: