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Geocaching

Find out where you can go geocaching in Wales and what information you can get to plan your visit

Man holding a wizard figure from a geocache

Children learning about Geocaching

Geocaching can be enjoyed by anyone who loves being outdoors. It is great fun and gives younger members of the family a good introduction to being active in the fresh air.

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using maps and Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled devices.

The aim is to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

If you find a cache, there are often trade items in them that you can swap and a log book for you to record your visit.

What information can I get on geocaching?

The Geocaching Association of Great Britain is the national geocaching organisation for geocachers, landowners, the media and others with an interest in geocaching.

Go to the Geocaching Association of Great Britain website for more information about geocaching.

Where can I go geocaching in Wales?

The Geocaching Association of Great Britain has links to websites that list geocache sites.

There are two geocache trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park which is managed by Natural Resources Wales.

Where are the geocaching trails managed by Natural Resources Wales?

There are two geocache trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau.

These are circular walks along forest roads and footpaths.

They take in secluded sites of historic importance hidden in the forest including the Sarn Helen Roman road, a medieval iron works and disused goldmines.

The trails start and finish at Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre where there is a café, toilets and other facilities for visitors.

See Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre (other activities) for more information.

How do I find out about route closures and diversions?

Sometimes a public right of way has to be closed or diverted.

Signage on-site should tell you whether a public right of way is open or closed.

For more information about how exclusions or restrictions are applied to open access land, go to managing access.

How do I get permission for a geocaching event in a woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales?

Go to Woodlands and You to find out how to get permission to organise a geocaching event in one of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.

The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales.

It aims to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.

You can download a copy of the Countryside Code before your visit.

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