In this guest blog from one of Ordnance Survey’s digital map partners Walk4Life, we can find out more about fun geocaching trails!
Walk4Life have recently teamed up with Geocache Trails to enable some of the brilliant circular walks around the country which take in a number of caches to be mapped on Ordnance Survey interactive mapping. At Walk4Life we discovered geocaching this spring, delighted that you can now hide and seek a cache using a smart phone, without the need to buy any fancy GPS kit.
However, it became clear that members of the geocaching community who have a GPS kit may have saved their trails as a GPX file, and would want to upload these automatically to the Walk4Life website rather than replot a route. So, we have added a new tool to “create your walk” – namely the ability to upload a GPX file – what fun!
As an example, take a look at the Westbury White Horse geocache trail – a stunning walk not far from Warminster – with some really inspiring photos to go with it. Doesn’t it just make you want to get out and start hunting? There are 11 caches on this trail including a bonus cache at the end. Some wonderful views.
Here is another suggestion – Gramps Hill geocache trail in Oxfordshire, with an amazing 18 caches to find in just over 3 miles!
Over the next few weeks Geocache Trails will add more, and of course seeing the route to on a lovely Ordnance Survey map means the only thing left to think about will be finding the caches along the way!
Anybody can add a GPX file – you don’t have to be a geocacher of course – perhaps you have got some walks saved from a GPS hand-held device. All you need to get started is to create yourself a login on the Walk4Life website and then click on the tab “create your walk”. Walk4Life is free to use; it is part of the Department for Health’s campaign to encourage us all to take small steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
The Walk4Life website has also recently seen improvements in the “track my progress” and “my walks” parts of the website. Now it is easy to sort the walks your login has added, either by the walk name, its distance, or when you last walked it.
So if you fancy something more active than watching the tennis, why not give a geocache trail a try?!