GeoCaching
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Geocaching is a healthy outdoor activity, a modern, hi-tech hide-and-seek. Geocaches are hidden, often in interesting or attractive places, and the location published on a geocache listing site. Other cachers then use a GPS receiver to try to locate the cache. A cache should have a log book, which the finder signs.

Caches traditionally are large enough to hold a few small and inexpensive "trade" items. A finder may choose to take an item and replace it with something of similar value. Caches may also contain "trackables", small objects or geocoins, which are moved from cache to cache and tracked on the listing site. Caches may be camouflaged to blend with the surroundings, or even disguised as other objects and left in plain view. Particularly in urban areas, caches may be much smaller to reflect the difficulty of hiding a large plastic box in a busy place.

Caching takes us on great walks to super places that we otherwise may not have found. And, of course, Amberel is the name under which we go caching.

The largest cache listing site is http://www.geocaching.com , based in the USA. Smaller listing sites include http://www.opencaching.org.uk and http://www.terracaching.com. Recently Garmin opened a new site, and rather confusingly also called that OpenCaching.

The quality of caches can be very variable. Some are in superb locations, some are ingenious or humorous, some difficult and some cleverly disguised or hidden. But not every cache is that good. To reward top quality caches we make a geocoin for the owners. These are home-made and not of commercial quality, but each is unique.

Inevitably the choice of caches is very subjective. I allocate up to:

10 points for the location - great walk, lovely view, unusual or challenging terrain, interesting or historical place.
10 points for the cache, i.e. the cache page, hide and container - ingenuity, originality, humour, attention to detail, informative, interesting. A good size and quality container, well maintained, clean and dry, with a collection of swaps that's a bit different to the usual.
5 points  for the WOW - a surprise, a thrill, something that takes my breath away, makes me struggle, makes me laugh, etc.

The caches listed on these five pages are some the best we've visited. Click on the coins to see the caches.

South East

Kent
London
Surrey
Sussex

West Country

Cornwall
Devon
Somerset

Central

Bedfordshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Derbyshire
Gloucestershire
Herefordshire
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Northamptonshire
Oxfordshire
Shropshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Worcestershire

South

Avon
Berkshire
Dorset
Hampshire
Wiltshire

Austria
France
Germany
Wales