Where to go Geocaching in Northumberland

UK County Review: Where to go Geocaching in Northumberland…

Northumberland is a beautiful part of the UK, but it rarely gets mentioned as a holiday destination which, in my opinion, is a real shame as there’s so much to this stunning part of the world that makes it a great place for a mini adventure – especially one that involves a bit of Geocaching, of course! 😉

So, I thought I’d have a little look at Northumberland’s Geocaching scene to see if I could spot some of it’s beauty spots and unravel some of its secrets – like, for example, did you know that Northumberland has the largest man-made forest and lake in Northern Europe – The Kielder and Water Forest Park located in the North-West of the county spreads across a colossal 53,500 hectares!

If that isn’t enough to tempt you in, Northumberland also has two Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), nature reserves, Hadrian’s Wall, a castle – used for scenes of Hogwart’s in the Harry Potter films (see pic below), an island – only accessible at certain times of the day and, a National Park. More than enough to pique the interest of any outdoorsy types I reckon, at least it has mine anyway…so let’s see what else is around and check out the Geocaches…

Alnwick Castle and River Aln

“Alnwick Castle and River Aln” CC 2013 Matthew Hartley

Northumberland’s coastline 

A few years ago I spent a summer up in Berwick-Upon-Tweed helping out on the renovation of an old castle and whilst I was there I fell in love with Northumberland’s coastline. It’s quiet, peaceful, untouched, and when you’re there it’s easy to see why it’s been designated as one of Northumberland’s ‘Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ – Look out for 11, 3 and 2 on the list if this sounds like something you’d be interested in or you like coastal walks. 🙂

Holy Island

Along the coast you also have the enchanting Holy Island which is host to many of Northumberland’s most favourited Geocaches, in fact it had so many that I decided not to add all of them to the list so that I could show you some other parts of the county too – but check out 4 and 5 for a couple of Holy Island’s most favourited geocaches! 

So without further ado, let’s have a look at the list…

The best Geocaches in Northumberland…

The following geocaches are a selection of 11 of the best caches in the county as voted for by the Geocacher’s who’ve found them. 

11.

AONB 7 – Rumbling Kern – GC1PB6J by The G5

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Cache Location: East of Howick

Current number of favourite points: 32 

Remember that amazing coastline I mentioned? Well this is the geocache where you can appreciate it, and also a cheeky view of Dunstanburgh Castle thrown in for good measure! 🙂

10.

St Cuthbert’s Cave – GC874B by Travers 

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

Cache Location: Near Belford

Current number of favourite points: 32 

Saint Cuthbert died on the Inner Farne Island, after his passing people prayed at his graveside and apparently miracles began happening…for more on this tale have a read of Saint Cuthbert of LindisfarneThe location of the cache is very close to an amazing cave, it’s east to see why it’s been awarded so many favourite points.

9.

Percy’s Cross (Northumberland) – GCAA2 by JasonW adopted by G Force 

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Traditional

Cache Location: Near Otterburn

Current number of favourite points: 40 

I can’t really do the history behind the placement of this cache any more justice than the cache page already does so you’ll have to check it out for yourself! What I will say though is that the Percy Cross is a Grade II listed building. 

8.

#15 Bonus – Carry on Regardless – GC482P4 by The Ninjas 

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Puzzle (Unknown/Mystery)

Cache Location: Acklington

Current number of favourite points: 41 

This cache is the final on a lovely series around Acklington, we’ve got our own Carry On series of geocaches down here along the river so it made me smile when I saw this one. A nice nod to a funny British film series. 🙂

7.

Reivers Revenge (Scottish Borders, Just!) – GC132F by Moss Trooper (adopted by Northumbria biker)

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Cache Location: Windy Gyle

Current number of favourite points: 43 

If you’d like to try something a little different and don’t mind a bit of cliff edge style walking then this one might be the cache for you! Just don’t look down on your way up! 😉

6.

#18 Suzie’s Circular (Bonus) – GC3QBSW by twowithsticks

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Puzzle (Unknown/Mystery)

Cache Location: Holywell Dene

Current number of favourite points: 48 

A popular circuit around Holywell Dene with some fun hides, worth it for a nice wander. 🙂

Don’t miss out on what’s at number 1 over at page 2!

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