Discover our outdoor treasure trails

Uncover the hidden history of Northumberland National Park, with an exciting outdoor adventure fit for the digital era, offering hours of fun for treasure hunters of all ages.

We have several Historic Heritage Geocaching Trails to help introduce more people to the popular treasure-hunting sport of geocaching and the history and heritage of the magical county of Northumberland. All you need to get started is a handheld GPS device or suitable mobile phone.

Simply input the coordinates specified for each location into your device or GPS smartphone* app and let it guide you to eight ‘caches’ hidden in unique locations across all corners of the National Park, from the south-west corner at Thirlwall Castle to the northerly point of Ad Gefrin near Wooler.

These waterproof treasure boxes are filled with hidden goodies such as trinkets and a logbook, which you can leave your own message in.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is the real-world adventure that's happening right now, all around you. Watch this video to learn more about what geocaching is, how it works and how you can become a part of it.

Top tips

Visit geocaching.com to discover the Geocache community and find out more about this exciting sport and to find the hints to get the geocaches. You can also log your finds on this site and discover lots more geocaches to search for.

Make sure you take your map and GPS device along with you to search for the caches. Don’t forget to keep moving so the GPS can always pick up your location.

When you find each cache, a good trick is to leave your own special trinket behind, or a message in the cache logbook, ready for the next treasure hunter to discover. The general rule all geocachers follow is ‘if you take a trinket, leave a trinket, and write in the logbook.’

Caroline & Ed

Caroline & Ed

National Park Officers

Geocaching is a great way to get outside and explore Northumberland National Park. With our Historic Heritage Trails, you'll learn more about the area, navigation and mapping.