Caching in on Core Paths
Have you heard of geocaching? It’s a treasure hunt in the countryside that’s great fun for all ages with dozens of them to be discovered across Shetland
Here's a map showing the ever increasing number of geocaches across Shetland.
Secreted away in stone walls, fence posts and all manner of cunning hiding places geocaches are items to be found and logged as found with comments about them on the geocaching website. Geocache’s even have a rating for terrain and difficulty so that you can choose ones that are appropriate to your needs.
The traditional caches have a visitor book and trinkets to exchange, even tokens that move their way around the world from cache to cache.
But some are super sneaky like this one hidden in a tree stump…
Or tiny like this nano-cache, perhaps stuck under a bench and containing a scroll of paper in like something out of a spy novel…
Many are found along or near our core paths and access routes and this fun adventure can take you to some amazing places.
On Muckle Roe there are three you can tick off if you do the Muckle Roe Circular (CPPDe01). One on the road to Muckle Roe as you approach the start of the walk, and then two more out in scenic locations.
Maybe you could have a picnic while you search for the geocache on Muckle ayre…
Or if you’re feeling more adventurous have a search around the North Hams of Roe for Hams mill
To go geocaching you have to sign up free with www.geocaching.com. Once you’ve done that you can explore the website map for places that pique your interest and look at the descriptions of the caches on offer.
You’ll need either an ordnance survey map, geocache app on your phone, or a mobile gps device to help you locate your caches. There are hints and tips as to where to look in the description of each cache, but even with those tips it can be a lot harder than you think to find them!
So, choose a fine day and get out there and explore Shetland’s outdoors geocaching on the core paths network.