If you have a GPS, an iPhone or some other GPS enabled gizmo, why not give geocaching a try on your next walk? It adds an extra dimension to you hike, especially if you are walking with newbies or children and it often takes you off the beaten track to some amazing spots.
What is Geocaching?
Basically, you grab the coordinates of some of the 1000's of caches dotted around the country (and world) from www.geacaching.com. You then pop the coord's into your GPS (even easier with an iPhone). These coord's will guide you to within a few feet of the cache - then it's a bit of a treasure hunt.
What is a Cache?
It's normally a waterproof plastic lunchbox that's hidden under a rock, in a cave, under some roots, etc. It contains a logbook, and few bits and bobs to swap (little toys for the kids, spare batteries, etc.) and maybe some sort of travelling charm or coin (more info on these here). Once you find it, login when you get back home and register your find.
More complex caches can be multi-part, mystery or puzzle caches, micro caches (usually in city locations), or even a virtual cache.
I hid a cache near my home on Gower back in 2006 and it's pretty popular. I put it in an amazing picnic spot, so that visitors to the area could catch a wonderful view they might have otherwise missed. I just wanted to give a little bit back to all the people who spend their hard earned holiday money on my peninsular :)
Pop over to the site, take a look and the little introductory video, and grab the coordinates to your nearest one (I guarantee it'll be a lot nearer than you think). Take a little trinket with you to swap (not essential but part of the fun if you are trying to get your children or grandchildren into walking - toys from xmas crackers are ideal) and enjoy the hunt.
Next time you are planning your route for a day in the hills, see if there are any caches along the way - who knows, you might find the most amazing lunch spot.
Oh, one more thing - keep this a secret from non-geocachers.