Have you heard of Geocaching? - Essex Family Photographer
Feb 1, 2019 | By: Tracy Williams Photography (TWSP)
Recently we heard about an activity we could do with the children for free! Searching the countryside for hidden 'caches' so a type of treasure hunt. After discussing with a couple of friends who both have tried it and recommended we set out with friends for our first attempt!
You basically download an app on your phone, arrive at a local spot that has shown it has some to find and then start following the directions.
We had chosen Hylands house as it has a couple of trails both with a few points to find. The beauty of being in the park meant the kids could run around safe and we gave them the phone and let them do the finding!
Each point has a tip on how to find it when you find the rough area - if you get stuck we found reading some of the reviews on the app from others that had found that particular cache was helpful.
Caches could be a list that you sign to show you found it or contain a little 'treasure' that you get to keep - just remember to take along some little items you can leave in return!
I have to be honest the day we went it was a little cold! so we would recommend you choose a warmer one! however it was a lot of fun and we walked a lot so great exercise. We were surprised how long we were out - approx three hours and the children were not only doing the trail but also playing football most of the time as we went so they burnt off a lot of energy.
It was also lovely to meet so many four legged companions on our travels - we all love dogs but if you have anyone a little hesitant then Hylands is probably not the best place to visit as we saw so many different breeds although they were very well behaved.
On our trail we managed to find all bar one of the caches - we persevered but eventually did have to give up - although I was surprised the older members of the party agreed to leave it - the kids by this point were fine to!
Overall we will be trying it again and recommend you try it.