It’s that time of year that I’ve been busy looking at holidays, my eternal wanderlust is indulged as I book fantasy holidays in my head, and book practical holidays around school and Mr Muddy’s work schedule in reality.
This has also got me looking at some fantastic caches around the country, don’t get me wrong I’m not going to book a holiday around the geocaches – I’m not THAT obsessed, besides sticking a pin in a map seems to be a far more foolproof method.
Take it as a given that all caches outside of the UK are well and truly on the bucket list, who wouldn’t want to cache in New York, Paris, Rome…? You get the idea.
So Uk wise, here’s a round up of caches that look great fun, a terrifying challenge or just appreciate a lovely place. I’ll try not to go into too much detail for fear of spoiling surprises for both you and myself.
Cold War Cache GC32REK East Midlands
A cold war bunker just perfect for exploring.
A chance to explore a little piece of history and scare yourself a little in the process. (ok, just me.) Also I’m yet to bag myself a 5/5 cache, ok it’s a dubious rating but looks brilliant fun nonetheless.
You Dirty Rat GC3W444 East Midlands
A dash of adventure, a generous splash of water and a whole heap of exploring forgotten places.
Another 5/5 cache too.
Yes…. It is a 5/5!!! GC36ERJ Yorkshire
Yes, yes, yes! Another 5/5 it would seem.
One of the very first caches I bookmarked, this looks a lot of fun. Access to the cache is via anglers ropes straight down the cliff.
Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler ? GC1CAPD South East
Back underground, this time to search amongst the bones of animals who have been unable to climb back out.
Waterfall and ruin GCHTPP Northern Scotland
No great adventure here, just a beautiful place, a jolly long walk and if you like your caches on the vintage side this a 2004.
A stunning walk around Glen Nevis.
This one could be a whole post on its own. I’ve cached in London a couple of times before, although it has always been a case of grabbing what’s nearby whilst I’m there.
What’s nearby has tended to be a bit grotty, unimaginative, urban hides which frankly smell of wee.
However not one to be perturbed I’d love to have a caching day in the city picking up some of the following.
Under the boardwalk GC214CT A tidal cache on the thames.
Trafalgar Square Gc5A7DW The ultimate muggle challenge?
The British Library GC2MOAF I like big books and I cannot lie.
London – Beatles Abbey Road GC6F12 A webcam, I’ve not yet done one!
The Winchester Geese GC13ZAG Discovering hidden places.
Trepidity Tunnel of Adventure GC5HXMG Northwest England
Another 5/5 and back underground, I’m starting to wonder if I was indeed a mole in a past incarnation.
More wading required here, navigating the fine metaphorical line between sewer and culvert but it’s ok, I’m part ninja and those turtles have nothing on me. 😉
TIBI DABO CLAVES GC2BVY7 Eastern England
This one is ridiculously close to home. About a year ago I got the puzzle nearly solved down to the last few coordinates which just need a little tweaking and lost my bloody notebook. *Bangs head against the wall.*
Once I’ve found the notebook a boat trip is in order, or if embracing the cambridge way of life, a punt up the Cam. It’s the only way to travel in these parts darling…
The Fish Caves GCZWX8 North Wales
Yep, you guessed it. Underground once more. In a Fish Cave, I have no chuffing idea what one of those is but I can’t wait to find out! 😉
The Cave Troll’s Lair GCTDF6 South West England
A cave, one hell of a climb, a rope and possibly a troll.
Lets do it!
Suitable for Ninjas GC2EVT3 North Wales
Seriously? You need me to explain? 😉
Tucked away nicely in a mountain. Sweet.
Subterranean Adventure GC372VC South East
Another bunker and an interesting place to explore.
Schrödinger’s Ghostly wormhole paradox GC2HJYV East Midlands
A tunnel, always fun to explore. Now made more challenging by being blocked with timber.
Bring. It. On.
Major Oak GC2024 East Midlands
Britain’s favourite tree, Robin Hood’s hang out, and a whole heap of history right there.
Of course it has a geocache and of course I need to find it. A 2001 cache as well stat fans.
King John’s All Washed Up GCV89Y Eastern England
Fairly local to home, a tidal cache on the wash. Not quite yet insane enough to attempt it. It’s only a matter of time.
Jonah’s Journey GCJA3V East Midlands
Annoyingly I was in the area for this one last year, even had it bookmarked. Forget to check my bookmark before I went. Gutted.
It involves a brave climb into the depths of the peak district, careful where you put your feet…
Grain Tower Battery reclaimed GC1DKZ6 South East England
An urbex adventure combined with a tidal challenge. Nice.
Summit or Submit GCY0N0 North Wales
Hailing from East Anglia it’s safe to say I get giddy at the thought of hills and mountains. If a mountain is there, I need to climb it and If a cache is up there I jolly well need to find it. Snowdon, I will conquer you.
Below Above – Fallen Monarch GC2GAMT South West England
Well it wouldn’t be much of a bucket list without the Below Above caches.
A series of caches set in the Bath stone quarries. It’s safe to say I’m desperate to do these, yet equally terrified at the thought.
Without a doubt I will squeak, wimp out, then love it. I’m a predictable thing.
Last year a trip to Bath saw us frustratingly near to these caches but with three young children in tow it just wasn’t going to happen. *Sigh*
One day I hope.
So there you have it, geocaching really is far more than tupperware hidden in bushes at your local park.
This is just some of my bookmark list, I’ll make it public if you want a snoop – it’s ever evolving too as I spot different challenges to add. Here it is.
Have I missed any must do caches? Any recommendations for exciting caches near the New Forest or the Cotswolds?
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