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Eco-friendly geocaching in the National Park

Geocaching is like a “digital treasure hunt” in which participants search for so-called “caches”. These are generally weather-resistant containers of varying sizes, which can contain anything from a simple logbook to various trade items.

In order to preserve the unique nature of this natural landscape with its habitats and inhabitants for future generations, there are a few rules to follow when geocaching in the National Park:

1. Geocaches and the associated routes within the National Park are only permitted in line with the following conditions:

  • At suitable points along public roads (at least one foot must be on the path at all times).
  • Only along designated and open cycle paths, bridleways and hiking trails.
  • Caches must not be buried in the ground, placed in trees, caves, nests or other habitats, or hidden.
  • On or in suitable visitor facilities.

2. These conditions do not limit the number of caches. However, the National Park Authority reserves the right to change these rules if circumstances change in the future.

3. No night-time geocaching allowed. Many animals need to sleep or rest during the darkness and others need to be able to search for their food without being disturbed. Animals in the forest are particularly sensitive at this time and the light from torches and noises represents a major disturbance to them.

4. Geocaching will only be considered an organised event in line with the National Park rules when it is marketed within an organised framework, for example by a tour operator. In this case, the respective permit or clearance is required.

Thank you for your understanding and for helping us to conserve our natural environment. Please contact the National Park Authority should you have any further questions regarding geocaching.