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National Trust News: 21st Century Treasure Hunting

"This summer, the National Trust is offering visitors an exciting new way to explore its great outdoor places by partnering with GPS experts Garmin,'' Jane Travis announces.

Geocaching, a family friendly 'digital’ treasure hunt, will be taking place at over 40 National Trust places across the country [1]. Visitors will be able borrow a Garmin handheld GPS device to guide them to treasure 'caches' hidden in the countryside and coastland of National Trust sites.

These modern-day treasure-hunts are a fun way for visitors to get out and really experience the outdoors with the National Trust.

Andrew Silver, Senior Product Manager for Fitness and Outdoor at Garmin said:

"Geocaching is a great way for families and people of all ages to get outdoors and discover hidden places using a Garmin GPS and opencaching.com. At National Trust places this summer, you can have fun and get rewards, but also learn useful techniques such as how to read maps and co-ordinates. Garmin is really pleased to be able to offer this new activity to people who love to experience beautiful National Trust places.”

The partnership between the National Trust and Garmin is part of the Trust's vision to encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors.

Over the forthcoming months, Garmin will be hosting taster sessions at National Trust places, so visitors from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland can become 21st century treasure hunters.

For event details, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events and search for "geocaching".

Visitors can already enjoy the challenge of geocaching at a number of Trust locations including:

Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

Wicken Fen is the UK’s oldest Nature Reserve, offering a tranquil expanse of countryside where four caches are waiting to be found. Each has a wildlife or habitat themed box, carefully hidden on a trail that takes you into the wider Wicken Fen area where you can see Konik Ponies and Highland Cattle grazing. Every box contains a family-friendly activity to do on site, such as mini-beast hunting, cloud-spotting or brass rubbing. As you track down the caches, remember to look out for wildlife - perhaps kingfisher, marsh harrier, cuckoo or roe deer will come your way.

Clent Hills, Nr Birmingham

The Clent Hills have four caches to discover, each cache has been carefully hidden to provide a family friendly ramble taking in woodland, meadows and some spectacular views. The contents of the caches change on a regular basis so people can revisit and have new treasure to find.

Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire

There are four National Trust caches hidden in different parts of Roseberry Topping. To find them you'll have to explore Newton Wood, Cliff Ridge Wood and Roseberry itself to find the answer clues that will lead you to the caches. Do all three of these to reveal the location of the final cache on Newton Moor.

Yorkshire Coast, North Yorkshire

There are two caches on the Yorkshire Coast. Uncover facts about the wildlife and industrial past of Warsett Hill to reveal the location of the cache or take a tour around the picturesque fishing village of Staithes to find the cache on Cowbar Nab.

Scarth Wood Moor, North Yorkshire

Take a stroll around Scarth Wood Moor to find answers to the clues that will reveal the location of the final cache. There are spectacular views to enjoy along the way too.

Tyntesfield, Bristol

One of the National Trust’s first geocaching trails, Tyntesfield has boxes that have been located in the wooded parkland. The caches are themed around the wildlife, habitats and history of the area and include key facts about how the Trust is caring for the woodland and its wildlife. Each treasure box also contains an interactive family-friendly activity for visitors to enjoy.

About Geocaching

A geocache or ‘cache’ is a small waterproof box hidden outdoors. It contains a logbook and pen for signing (to let fellow geocachers know you were there) and small trinkets such as collectable geo-coins, books, toys or jewellery. Caches are planted in hidden locations across the countryside at National Trust properties.

Geocachers seek out these hidden goodies guided by information and GPS coordinates, or ‘waypoints’ posted on the Internet.

Using a Garmin GPS device, you can explore an area with your family to locate a cache. Once discovered, you may find this contains a reward for you to keep.

If you take something out of a cache, you should leave something in return. Always leave the cache in the same place and in the same condition as it was found for the next visitor.

Visit www.opencaching.com for more information, including a handy guide to getting started with geocaching.

About Garmin

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