Ok firstly, I know I’ve been hopeless over the last couple of years. Life has been busy! I keep saying to myself I’ll get back on it with blogging, but it never seems to come to fruition. This post about our geocaching adventures however, is well warranted…
Secondly, this post contains spoilers about our trail, so if you want to go look for them, you’ve been warned!
We’ve really got into Geocaching lately, and are making a real effort to get out walking or adventuring every weekend. It’s a great way to keep little ones entertained on walks, and there’s always somewhere new to explore. If you don’t know anything about it, I’d suggest checking out the official Geocaching website, but in summary, it’s a hi-tech treasure hunt where you use your phone and GPS coordinates to hide and seek ‘treasure,’ which can be anything from a tiny magnetic tube stuck to a railing, to a camouflaged lunchbox containing little trinkets hidden under a bridge. There are thousands of caches all over the country, all aimed at different difficulty levels.
With permission from Bradford Council, we set about setting our own geocaching trail for other people to enjoy, in Judy Woods, off Station Road in Wyke, Bradford.
Judy Woods is a lovely woods which has a vast abundance of wildlife, dens made from fallen trees, streams, the odd rope swing. The scenery on offer changes with the seasons, and in springtime it turns into the most beautiful woodland, blanketed with bluebells. A short drive away from our house, it was the perfect place for our first trail.
The trail, titled “Treasure in the Woods” after our geocaching username, is a series of 5 caches – which we will look to extend if it proves popular – and provides a good 1-2 hours walk which is suitable for those with little children who enjoy mud, splashing in water, and having a good explore.
Wifey bought me a geocaching kit four years ago, but I wanted to wait until PG was old enough to to properly get into it, and she really loved setting this trail. The thought of other people finding our caches was exciting for everyone
We prepared our caches as best we could at home so that we weren’t messing about trying to roll up log sheets whilst out in the woods. As it’s our first trail, we decided five caches would be enough, and that we’d extend the trail if other people went out looking for them.
We set out on what we hoped would be a fine morning. It was, until we arrived at the woods when it started raining a bit. The family wagon is well kitted out now, so this wasn’t a problem. We donned our wellies and waterproofs, threw on our hats and gloves, and set about hiding the first cache near to the entrance of the woods.
The first cache is by far the easiest to find, and hunters just need to watch out for muggles at this busy spot. Getting a decent GPS fix for obtaining coordinates here was easy (this went rapidly downhill as we ventured further into the woodland!)
I’m not going to share details of exactly where the caches are hidden in this post as that just spoils the fun of finding them, but you can check out each cache using the links below
Once the caches are hidden, we submitted them all to the Geocaching platform. As this was our first trail there was a bit of back and forth with the moderators as we’d made a few mistakes, but we got them published on the app the same day, then it was just a case of waiting for someone to find them!
Cache hunters were quick to pick up on the new caches hidden in the woods, which were all found within the first 24 hours. It was exciting to see people finding them. It’s still early days, but if you’re local, try and find them! Let me know if you do!
PG really enjoyed planting the trail, and the walk was topped off when we headed down to a small river to make some big splashes! I have a feeling we’ll be heading here in the summer months to do some welly free paddling!
Do you like geocaching? Let me know in the comments below!