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Geocache box in Pant Shropshire

Geocaching – turn your walk into a treasure hunt

Getting a bit fed up with the usual walks? Want to learn something new, wherever you go? The global treasure hunt game called geocaching ticks all those boxes.

Road sign in Pant Shropshire

If you haven’t heard of ‘geocaching’ before, it started in 2000 when the signals from the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) network were made accessible to anyone with a suitable receiver. These are the signals used by your car satnav and your smartphone to tell you where you are. The ability to find your position within a few feet means that you can be led to a geocache site.

Now, as more of us find the time to get out and about on local walks – observing social distancing, perhaps geocaching would add an extra twist.

Most caches consist of a small container. Some are very small, some are the size of a lunchbox and some have no physical existence at all. The physical caches will contain a logbook to record your visit, and sometimes a piece of ‘treasure’. The idea of the game is ‘take something, leave something’. It’s a lot of fun for kids, and for grown-up kids too. Caches have to be retrieved with discretion and put back where they were found. This protects them from disturbance by non-geocachers, now known as ‘muggles’.

The caches are hidden by people to provide fun for others, or to draw attention to a local landmark. To find caches, all you need is a smartphone, a satnav or a GPS device. A smartphone is the simplest way – just download the free geocaching app. Most of the caches are also free to find. A ‘premium’ upgrade option funds the geocaching website and unlocks more caches, but it isn’t essential. Some caches are set to give you a trail to follow or a series of clues to work out, others are simpler finds.

There are about three million geocaches around the world, hidden on all the continents and even on the International Space Station. You don’t have to go that far – there are at least a dozen geocaches in Pant (including a very central one…) and many more within a few miles radius. Before your next outing, have a look at https://geocaching.com and see what’s out there.

And for inspiration of other walks in and around Pant, click on https://pant.today/what-to-do-pant-shropshire/walks-in-and-near-to-pant

Walk from Pant to Llanymynech

Enjoy a walk from Pant to Llanymynech

In the first of what we hope will be a series of articles about walks in and around the village, we have put together a walk from Pant to Llanymynech, taking in Llanymynech Rocks and other local places of interest.

Walk from Pant to Llanymynech

As all of us who live here know, this is a  lovely part of the country with lots of great options for walking routes. The walk we have prepared takes in two countries, four pubs, Offa’s Dyke Way and the Montgomery Canal!

This walk is a superb way of exploring the Parish of Llanymynech and Pant whilst at the same time seeing some of the natural beauty of the area, its industrial heritage and local amenities. The walk starts at The Cross Guns Inn in Pant and is a distance of about three to five miles, depending on detours. As with all walks, please ensure you are fully equipped before you set off, as this is a guide only and some sections are off the footpath.

Click here to see the walk in full.

We hope to add more walks to the Pant Today website over the coming months and we would really welcome any suggestions. If you have an idea for a walk you would like us to try, or if you have put together your own route, please do contact us. We can’t guarantee that all walks will make it onto the website, but we will do our best to include as many as possible.

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