Geo-trailing - Wooler
Sat 16th November 2013
Geo-trailing is an activity we deliver to both young people and adults of all ages throughout the year, but this Saturday it was 30 young people from Young Farmer groups throughout Northumberland.
As a former Young Farmer I was looking forward to the day ahead but with such a large number it called for a second hand so David, from Shepherds Walks came along.
As always with our Geo-trailing we walk the route before meeting with the group so we get a good understanding of conditions under foot and this also enables us to put the caches out, for the groups to find.
Normally we meet groups at 9.00 in the morning, so this often means a very early start, but with us just starting our walk at 1.00 pm it was a more leisurely walk than normal as we set everything up.
We met the Young Farmers at the Cheviot Centre and after a brief introduction of how the GPS units worked and splitting them into four groups we were away.
They did not hang around as they quickly grasped the concept and followed the units as it took them through Wooler towards Wooler Common to their first cache site and after finding it and answering the quiz question.
Once we knew they has grasped what they were needing to do there was no stopping them and off they went.
What weather for November, it was dryer under foot than we had seen a number of times on this route as the groups now working on their own joined and followed St Cuthbert’s Way.
Cache 2 and then 3 were all found and then we bunched all the groups up again as we entered the forest (picture taken at this point). Cache 4 was a little harder to find before dropped back down to the final cache site just outside Wooler.
It was good that they all stopped and rested at this point and it was great to hear such positive feedback on the day. I can honestly said they had all enjoyed themselves which had made for a great afternoon Geo-caching.
We then dropped as a group back into Wooler and then cut along a footpath to Wooler Youth Hostel, which is where they are all staying the night.
Good company, good staff and great weather. Thanks