Geocaching is a form of treasure hunting using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and Ordnance Survey maps to locate carefully concealed caches. Each hidden box (and some are very hard to spot!) contains a logbook to recount your visit, and often also contain all kinds of small 'trade items' left by previous explorers. Take something, leave something, is the rule. Back home you can log your find and share your experiences of finding them here.
Have a go
Several cache trails have been set up within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with a seven-cache trail around the archaeology of Langstrothdale, and more discoveries to be made along the ancient routes of Wensleydale, in the limestone terrain of Malham Cove, in beautiful Dentdale and in Swaledale too.
The Pennine Way Geocache Trail has been designed for novices as well as seasoned pros. There's a total of ten geocaches of varying difficulty located between Malham and Hawes. Take it easy and look for just one a day or, if you're feeling energetic, the whole trail can be done in two days, but remember you'll need to have found the first eight caches to access either one of the final two caches. Crack the combination code and a final reward could be yours.
These are the geocaches; you can see them and the questions that need to be answered by logging onto www.geocaching.com/ and using the GC codes:
cave and karst GC1P2JX
hill of the winds GC1P3F6
devils causeway GC1P2R6
Malham finale GC1P3D4
Hawes finale GC13EM
Pre-loaded GPS receivers can be hired from Grassington, Malham, Aysgarth Falls and Hawes National Park Centres along with a beginner's geocaching leaflet.
If you get the bug, then buy a GPS receiver for around £80 plus OS maps of your chosen area. You can also load the co-ordinates onto your own GPS using dedicated 'geocomputers' at the National Park Centres at Grassington and Malham.
The Turner Trails Geocache Trail
Once you own a GPS, you can seek out our Turner Trails geocaches. To celebrate Turner's paintings and sketches, we've hidden two geocaches near Turner's actual viewpoints in secret locations in and around Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.
To look for them, sign in to www.geocaching.com, and search for the two caches' GC codes listed below or alternatively you can search for Malham and find the Turner caches by name in the list:
- Turner's Malham Cove GC2V5H6
- Turner's Malham Tarn GC2V5GE