Recently I’ve been listening to the Geocaching podcasts “The Geocaching Podcast” and “Podcacher”. These are American podcasts where the presenters debate caching issues, chat about their adventures, take calls from listeners, review hardware, etc. quite often a magic little word is mentioned “Powertrail”…
A “Powertrail” is a trail of caches that are separated on, or just over 528m (The minimum distance between two caches) so the idea is that it’s all about the numbers and by doing these trails you can rack up a massive find count. They are frowned upon by some cachers though as just a way of boosting numbers. Quite often the hides are not very exciting and the containers get boring after a while. The current record stands at just over 600 finds in one day!
Although I enjoy the walks and exercise that Geocaching provides, I was intregued by the concept. I tried googling for UK powertrails but didn’t find anything. However whilst looking for some good locations to go camping (Where there are lots of caches around) I stumbled on the closest thing I’ve found so far….
It’s near Kings Heanton and the Trails called “Way down West”. It consists of 109 trails along a 20mile walk. That’s about 0.18miles between caches. And to make it even better there are two other big trails ‘Below the Belt’ (29 caches) and ‘The Landkey Loop’ (28 caches) very close by. Like I said it’s not about the numbers, but could you resist an area with nearly 170 caches right next to each other! Now that I’ve got the tent I can go anywhere (Well, within reason! ;))
I’ll post them here if I stumble across anymore nearly-powertrails!