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Just for Giggles – Challenges

Need a break from the daily routine that is just for giggles? Bored at work and need a serious distraction just before the weekend starts? Kids driving you crazy? Then look no further – Treasure Trails could just be the answer to your anti-boredom prayers. These challenges will help you get fitter and more active – and relieve the boredom too!

Geocaching vs Treasure Trails

Geocaching vs Treasure Trails“Don’t knock it until you try it” is a good motto, so recently we went out to try out Geocaching.  Below is our “who, what, when, where, how and why” round up!

Who

Anyone!  Just my opinion, but families with children will probably get more from it than single adults or couples.  Without children in tow, finding the first one or two can be fun, but it quickly gets dull as the contents of the caches themselves are for juveniles. And the novelty of walking head down staring at the phone/GPS soon wears off.  But, I have no doubt that some people get the bug!

What

According to their website, “Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. There are 2,391,994 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide”.  Phew, that is some claim to fame.

When

Anytime! Containers are waterproof although your phone may not be! And stumbling around in a park in the dark probably isn’t many people’s idea of fun, but you can if you want to!

Where

This is an interesting point as some critics of geocaching consider it littering. The placement of geocaches can be a problem if they are hidden in places where the act of searching can make a finder look suspicious (e.g. near schools, children’s playgrounds, banks, or in residential areas), or where the container placement could be mistaken for a drug stash or a bomb (especially in urban settings, under bridges, or near banks and embassies). As well as concerns about littering and bomb threats, some geocachers hide their caches in inappropriate locations such as electrical boxes and light pole covers. There is one close to us stuffed into the top of a sign post on the side of a major A road and as such is not a suitable place for young children to be searching, yet it had the usual assortment of kiddies’ treasures in it.   And like clues on Treasure Trails, the caches sometimes go missing although at least Treasure Trails don’t suffer the problem of dislodging by animals!

How

We signed in to the geocaching website as a basic member and linked the account to a facebook account.  We prefer to keep different accounts separate ever mindful of hackers and there is that option, but we were keen to get going and didn’t want to have to create yet another password for a site we may never return to!  There is a button that suggests an upgrade to premium, but in the early stages of a new hobby it seemed unnecessary.  Putting our postcode into the website to find the nearest caches, lots came up within a short distance away – we live close to woodland and a public park and there appeared to be several there. Next step, download the app and then head off to find our first cache!

It was fun following the prompts and alerts on the phone but as we had our heads down watching the phone we were conscious that we were missing out on seeing the great scenery, listening to the birds and enjoying being outside in the fresh air.  There was a load of stinging nettles to negotiate too, but there are lots of urban caches where stingers aren’t a problem!

Why

Fresh air and fun with the family!  And, probably the best thing about geocaching is there is no further cost necessary after you’ve purchased the phone app or a GPS.

According to Wikipedia, Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure hunting, letterboxing and waymarking.  We’d add metal detecting to the list and may try one or two of these out soon!

Of course we are biased and much prefer Treasure Trails to geocaching, but there is no doubt there is room in people’s lives for both!  Recently a customer  said “We love doing both pastimes and combining them (although often difficult) is a bonus. It’s on those rare occasions when doing a Treasure Trail and we stop for a drink on a bench somewhere, that we suddenly pull out the phone and see if there’s a cache nearby via the app and find we’re sitting on a small container that makes it all the more enjoyable!”

Anyone else do both? We’d love to hear your experiences through our Facebook page. Look for the Geocaching Logo.

18th June 2014

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Hands Up if You Have a New Year’s Resolution to Walk More!

Here at TT we love walking and our resolution is not only to walk more ourselves, but to give you inspiration to walk more too! Our latest newsletter sums it up -we really want to keep supplying you all with great Treasure Trails to inspire and entertain groups of families and friends.

Our walks are mostly on footpaths, pavements and tracks, but we do have a great selection of Trails that include walking along other surfaces! There are too many to name them all, but here are just a few for starters.

Head to Scotland to enjoy the Pitlochry Trail which includes a walk across a dam and stunning views up the loch. The route of the Trail heads over a footbridge too. Pitlochry is a holiday destination set in the heart of Scotland and ideally located for touring the country, it counted Queen Victoria amongst its earliest visitors! It is only 75 minutes from Edinburgh and from Pitlochry it takes just 95 minutes to Loch Ness, we think you could build a brilliant walking holiday around these iconic places!

Or if Scotland is too far afield, how about trying the Tynemouth Treasure Trail which finishes with a walk along the beach? Or walk in the footsteps of saints and invaders on the island of Lindisfarne.

If you like walking on beaches, we have lots of Trails to choose from including Old Hunstanton in Norfolk and numerous Trails along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Barry Island and Porthcawl Trails both have sections which are alongside the beach on promenades and breakwater walls.

Sticking close to water you could try the Upton Warren Trail in the heart of Worcestershire that is a circular walk around a man-made lake and you definitely need your wellies at this time of year.

Or how about attempting the Cable Car Mission which starts on one side of the Thames and finishes on the other with a walk across the Royal Victoria footbridge half way round – a real experience!

Sometimes the end of a Trail is a real highlight and many of our coastal Trails include walks along our historic piers with Whitby West Cliff ending at the lighthouse at the end of the pier!

Hands Up if You Have a New Year’s Resolution to Walk More!And if you still need some inspiration, how about these facts and figures to inspire you… the average Treasure Trail will burn 500 to 600 calories, but only if you don’t indulge with ice creams or pub stops along the way!

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30th December 2013

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