Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices

There are hundreds to find in Hampshire, including at Royal Victoria Country Park, River Hamble Country Park, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Titchfield Haven.

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS co-ordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location.

Placing a cache

When placing a cache on a Right of Way, the onus is on the placer to seek the permission of the landowner.

  • Inform the Ranger before placing the cache on countryside sites to make sure that it does not compromise the management of the site.
  • Clearly mark the container with the placer's contact details and that the content is harmless. Only place safe and acceptable items for an unaccompanied child to find.
  • Caches should not be of a commercial nature, either in location or content.
  • Do not damage or disturb any Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) when placing the cache.
  • Do not place any items of food or drink of any kind in the cache.
  • Do not bury the cache or dig holes to place a cache in.
  • Do not hide caches in animal holes or runs.
  • Do not place cache containers inside a polythene bag.
  • Never cross fences when placing or seeking a cache.
Maintaining a cache

Maintenance of the cache is the responsibility of the placer.

Responsibilities and safety

Make sure there are no visual signs of disturbance when leaving a cache site.

Do not bring geocaching into disrepute. Never drive your car anywhere other than on the highways and byways. Always park in approved places only.

Hampshire County Council discourages geocaching on their land during the hours of darkness.