Welcome to our series of 10 Boston Spa Green geocaches, a 6km loop (2hour stroll) round our village, river and woods. Along the way you’ll find out about the places you visit, how they relate to the environment we live in and hopefully have some fun (and some fresh air too). Oh! and its supposed to be a secret, so try and find them without letting other passersby know 😉
Want to give this a go? All you need to do is, download the free geocache apps on iOS (Groundspeak) or Android (C:Geo) to your phone. You only need the free versions to do this series and many more worldwide (click here for more app choices). Create a login by signing up on geocaching.com and use that login in your app (Settings/Services in C:Geo).
On your phone, using the app, click ‘live map’ or ‘nearby’, tap a cache on the map, select the ‘spiky’ compass icon and walk in the direction it says, its that easy (beware of road traffic, cyclists, pedestrians and big drops). When you are close enough to the cache’s hiding place perhaps have a look at the caches description, hint, previous logbook entries, images to help you find the cache. We’ve hidden them sympathetically to fit within the village look and feel.
We’ve used recycled household packaging to make the caches, wrapped in black gaffer tape with the above label on. Please look after them! Some are magnetic, some are camouflaged and some have lids screwed into structures. Once you’ve found them, we’d love you to sign the paper logbooks in each cache (you’ll need a pen) with your name and date (if you don’t wish to do this, you can do this on the app too). Don’t forget to leave the cache hidden how you found it. Along the way, perhaps collect any litter you find just to help keep our village tidy. Thank you. From Lucie (aged 5).
Remember there’s an optional additional activity – each cache has a letter written somewhere inside the container and once you’ve worked out what it spells, tell us what was the best bit of the series by replying to this blogpost below.
Our cache series wishes to highlight the issues surrounding the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. Locations have been picked linked with various blogs on our website, for example, if you want to know more about recycling crisp packets & coffee pods, click here (geo2); if you want to know how easy it is to switch to green energy and why, click here (geo10); and if you want to know why idling cars are so bad for your pocket, your children and the environment read more here (geo9).
Note: We’ve had to archive cache 10 because it kept going AWOL, so its now been resurrected as Geo11 (was 10)! in a new location.
Please participate in geocaching in a COVID secure way. We’d recommend cleaning your hands between each geocache.
PLEASE use common sense. The series crosses busy roads, passes beside the River Wharfe, along a wooded steep river bank edge and in places over rough and steep ground. PLEASE keep your children under close supervision. Each geocache is no more than 1m from any obvious path and you don’t need to climb trees or trample the undergrowth. Be mindful of local households. Participation in this geocache series is entirely at your own risk.
If you have any feedback, suggestions to improve the series or want to have a go at making some geocaches, please drop your contact details below and we’ll get in touch. Happy caching!