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Setting up a geocache Copyright Stephen Garnett

Setting up a geocache

Always obtain the landowner’s permission before hiding a cache.

  • Please acknowledge that you have obtained the landowner permission when you publish the cache details on or any other geocaching website.
  • Ensure the cache container is clearly marked, stating that the content is harmless and giving the placer’s email address or other contact method. Only items that would be deemed safe and acceptable for an unaccompanied child to find should be placed in the cache.
  • No cache may be placed in such a way as to risk damage or disturbance to any Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or Scheduled Monument. Make sure you help us protect our natural and cultural heritage at all times. If you are unsure about the designation of your cache site please contact us, we will be happy to advise.
  • No items of food or drink of any kind should be placed in the cache.
  • Caches must not be buried, and holes must not be dug in order to place a cache.
  • Caches must not be hidden in animal holes or runs.
  • Cache containers must not be placed inside a polythene bag. Grazing animals have been known to die after eating discarded polythene.
  • Fences, walls and hedges should never be crossed (other than using a gate or stile) when placing or hunting for a cache.
  • No caches should be of a commercial nature, either in location or content.
  • Maintenance of the cache is the responsibility of the placer.
  • When leaving the cache site after hiding a cache, there must be no visual sign of disturbance.
  • Please do not bring geocaching into disrepute, never drive your car anywhere other than on public roads and always park legally.
  • Always go properly equipped for the terrain and weather conditions, and follow normal practice for safety in the outdoors (if unsure, get advice, for example, by visiting the Ramblers Association website. The Authority cannot accept any legal liability for any loss or injury suffered whilst you are engaged in geocaching.