Give geocaching a go in Lanarkshire
With spring heralding longer days and better weather, it’s the perfect time to head out into the great outdoors. Lanarkshire has so much to offer and what better way to uncover new gems than through geocaching?
For those of you unfamiliar with this phenomenon, geocaching is coined as the ‘world’s largest treasure hunt’ and there are millions of geocaches located across the world which people try to uncover.
Players download the free geocaching app on their smartphone and use GPS to locate specially placed geocaches, it’s a brilliant way to explore the outdoors, combining walking with navigational skills, all mixed in with the thrill of the hunt!
There are lots of geocache locations to discover across Lanarkshire. Here are just a few areas for you to start your search:
Drumpellier Country Park
Drumpellier Country Park is perfect for a great family day out. With woodland and open grassland, there’s plenty of space to wander and explore through its beautiful nature trails. It even boasts two natural lochs which, during the summer months, you can cruise around in a hired boat. The cafe and visitor centre is currently closed for redevelopment and will open in summer 2019.
The park will act as the gateway to the seven Lochs Wetland park and the Monkland canal is located to the south of the park. The canal path is great for an easy stroll - so you can relax and keep searching for hidden treasures.
The 'crannog' inspired play area is great for wee climbers. Those with an interest in local history may know that the remains of an iron age 'crannog' (a traditional house built on stilts over water) was found in Lochend Loch in the 1930's.
Strathclyde Country Park
There is plenty of space in Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell to continue your hunt. You can stroll around the loch, which played host to the Commonwealth Games triathlon in 2014, and meander through the woodland bridle paths and other nature trails.
Palacerigg Country Park
Completing the trio of parks, Palacerigg Country Park offers a host of geocaching locations to uncover. Located in the south east of Cumbernauld, this park spans 300 hectares of grassland, woodlands, moorlands and ponds. Walkers should pack their binoculars as wild deer, kestrels and two types of owl can often be spotted in the vast grounds of the park.
With a visitor centre complete with café, you can treat yourself to coffee and cake after you’ve completed your geocaching challenge.
There are many more locations across Lanarkshire offering geocaches to uncover, simply download the app to discover more and get exploring!
For more information on what’s on in Lanarkshire, check out our dedicated page.