Top 10 Geocaching Locations in the UK

If you're looking for fun activities that are also educational to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays, geocaching could be the answer to your prayers! This is a fun activity, combining map-reading skills with problem-solving and technology - something for all the family to enjoy together.

Go out in the fresh air and enjoy an active hobby, with a flexible schedule that you can tailor to suit the time you have. If you're unfamiliar with geocaching, it's a high-tech global treasure hunt for the digital generation. Participants can track the co-ordinates on GPS or a smartphone app to find ‘caches’ - hidden boxes of treasure - concealed by fellow players.

They contain small prizes such as a toy or keyring. These are hidden in a waterproof box with a logbook and pen. When you take a prize, you're expected to replace it with one of a similar value. Download free apps on your smartphone to join the game. Read on to find out more about the top 10 geocaching locations in the UK:

1. The New Forest

The New Forest

The New Forest is packed full of geocaching locations. In beautiful surroundings where there's plenty of wildlife such as deer and wild ponies and a network of paths and cycle routes, Ashurst alone has more than 1,300 caches, while there are a further 1,000 in Brockenhurst. Wander amidst the pines and oaks and perhaps meet a wild pony or two as you hunt for treasure.

2. Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

This is a family-friendly geocaching trail aimed at beginners. Exploring beautiful Wicken Fen where there are three geocaches, the easy-to-navigate three-mile trail takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. If you don't have a GPS receiver, you can hire one that contains the pre-loaded co-ordinates from the Wicken Fen Cycle Hire building, so it couldn't be simpler.

3. Bude, Cornwall

Bude Cornwall

There are more than 350 caches hidden in a popular geocaching location in the resort of Bude. A picturesque area situated between Boscastle and Crackington around the South West Coast path, you can walk the seven-mile path and take in the spectacular coastal views while searching for hidden treasure.

4. Wray Castle, Cumbria

Wray Castle Cumbria

On the shores of Lake Windermere, woodland surrounds the castle where there's plenty of opportunity to go geocaching. Eight medium-sized caches are hidden here, so you can explore the grounds and take in some breathtaking Lakeland views en route.

5. Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Snowdonia National Park Wales

A popular spot for geocaching, the national park hosts a mix of easy and more challenging geocaches. Around Bala town, there are more than 250 caches, while on Snowdon itself - one hour's drive from Bala - there are more than 1,500 caches.

6. Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Clumber Park Nottinghamshire

Located near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, the National Trust's historic Clumber Park has more than 20 caches to hunt for. See the varied wildlife as you explore the heath and parkland. There are also plenty of great picnic spots so you can make a day of it.

7. Beadnell Bay, Northumberland

Beadnell Bay Northumberland

Located on Northumberland’s Heritage coast, where there are more than 30 miles of sandy beaches, Beadnell Bay is a top coastal geocaching location with around 140 caches in a 10-mile area. Enjoy beach walks while you look or pop into one of the many local cafes for a snack to keep you going on your adventures!

8. Newark Park, Gloucestershire

Newark Park Gloucestershire

With breathtaking views of Ozleworth valley and the Mendips beyond, Newark Park is located at the top of the Cotswold escarpment. Legend has it that Spike the dragon (a historic weather vane that has been at the rural estate since the 16th century) has hidden nine geocaches in the area!

9. Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire

Roseberry Topping Yorkshire

A distinctive hill in Yorkshire, Roseberry Topping is managed by the National Trust. It is an iconic landmark, offering spectacular views across North Yorkshire and Cleveland. At 1,050 feet, it's suitable for anyone who has a basic level of fitness.

10. Corryvreckan, Scotland

Corryvreckan Scotland

This amazing location is strait between the islands of Scarba and Jura, in the Argyll and Bute district of Scotland. The region contains an amazing phenomenon: a natural whirlpool, in the Inner Hebrides. Known as the Corryvreckan Earthcache, the location is home to several geocaching sites where you can take in the beautiful natural scenery as you search.

If you're a keen geocacher who doesn't mind the weather, Solent Plastics has an ideal selection of waterproof protective cases suitable for carrying and protecting GPS systems. We also have the solution for hiding your treasure! Available in many sizes and designs, our hardwearing and long-lasting cases can keep the contents safe in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes. Please contact us for more details of our full range.