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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Things To Do: Geocaching

A lot of you may have heard about geocaching already. If you haven’t this is the perfect solution to those who’d like their daily walks to pack more punch…

It’s really important to stay fit and go on daily walks as much as you can. Luckily, we live in the most idyllic location on the South Coast. We boast so much more than just beaches and forests. Indeed, there is plenty to explore. Whilst the kids are now back at home due to circumstances out of our control, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to something called geocaching.

WHAT IS GEOCACHING?

Geocaching is much like a treasure hunt. You download an app that uses Augmented Reality to lead hunters to the object they are searching for. There are over three million geocaches in the world, spreading across 190 countries. There’s plenty to look for!

Caches are usually small boxes containing a logbook for people to sign once they have found the cache. Sometimes these caches are micro and can be concealed in the most unusual places.

The app is updated on a regular basis with new caches being added every day. If a cache has been damaged or stolen, the app is updated by the user so people don’t waste time looking for it until it is replaced. Rest assured, 99% the caches are there and intact. You just have to have a keen eye!

WHAT’S THE APPEAL?

Geocaching mainly appeals to younger audiences. As such, it can be perfect for parents who are stuck for things to do with the kids during lockdown. But it’s not only exciting for children. The sense of achievement you get when you do find a cache is kind of special, so it’s definitely worth giving it a go no matter how old you are.

It stretches your limits, educates you about the world and allows you to experience new places you didn’t know existed, all outside your front door. There’s no doubt that people of all ages will get a buzz out of geocaching and it’s the perfect way to stay fit.

HOW DO I FIND CACHES?

Finding them on the app is simple, it’s when you get there where you need to keep your eyes peeled and sometimes even use discretion whilst searching. The app works much like Pokémon GO in the way that it uses your location to identify nearby caches.

The use of Augmented Reality allows you to choose the cache you want to find and then away you go, you’re a geocaching pro in no time.

Some are very difficult to find, some are easy. If you have a keen eye and a passion for adventure you’ll never get bored of looking. Once a cache is found, you can log this into the app and add your own clues for other Geocachers.

WHERE CAN I FIND CACHES IN BOURNEMOUTH?

Bournemouth and the surrounding areas are full of caches to find, so no matter where you are in Dorset you will have the opportunity to search high and low.

A day out in The New Forest is definitely worth it if you want to spend the day cache-hunting. Try heading up St. Catherine’s Hill in Christchurch or head into your local parks. There’s always a cache close by and once you start you won’t want to stop.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is home to many hidden caches and this real-life treasure hunt is sure to keep people of all ages and from all walks of life fit, healthy and on their feet.

OTHER HINTS AND ADVICE

Keep an eye out for updates on the app. Sometimes a cache does have to be replaced due to damage or theft, but this is very rare.

Once you’ve found all the caches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole you can expand your horizons (once you’re allowed to) and travel around the world finding more caches until one day you can say, “Geocaching? Completed it, mate”.

Be warned – people who don’t go geocaching are known as muggles and can be frowned upon. Do not approach them if you see them on your adventured… Happy hunting!

You can download the Geocaching app on the Apple Store or Google Play. For more to do with tourism and seeing local sights, click here. Also, don’t forget to follow HQB News on our socials: FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.

Dan Rushton
Dan Rushton
Dan is a Birmingham-born lad who moved down to Brighton in the summer of 2019 to pursue a career in PR within the entertainment technology industry. The events industry was hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic. In March 2020 he made the move to Bournemouth and intends to stay here to try take his career further. He has always been a keen writer and talker, describing himself as confident, funny and outgoing. His interests include politics, football, art, music and live entertainment. He has been with HQB since June 2020.

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