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  • Groundspeak respects the wishes of land managers and land owners.
  • The rules listed below are their rules, belonging neither to the reviewers nor to Groundspeak. Responsibility for meeting these rules rests with the cache owner and responsibility for enforcement of those rules rests with the land manager.
  • Note that this page is a work in progress. Other land policies concerning geocaching will be added as that information becomes available.

Landowner Database

This database contains a list of landowners and managers who approve of geocaching or who do not allow it. It contains useful links to maps to check areas and details of how to apply for permission.

The table is sorted alphabetically by Landowner name. If you want to search for a specific entry or a keyword, just press Control+f on your keyboard and enter the text in the browser search box.

Using map overlays

The map overlays in the Map Resource column can be downloaded and opened in Google Earth which is a free download for a PC and also as apps for Apple and Android. All maps are provided for information only and may not necessarily be up to date or accurate. It is the responsibility of the cache owner to check a location. Forestry Commission maps are provided under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Landowner/
Manager

Map Resource

Information

Caching Allowed?

Aberdeen City Council
Northern Scotland
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Click here to download a map showing the boundaries of their countryside sites.

Aberdeen City Council are supportive of geocaching in their parks and nature reserves but you must get permission first and follow their guidelines. Some sensitive sites may also require approval from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). These are Nigg Bay SSSI and Scotstown Moor nature reserve (also an SSSI).

A list of the parks and nature reserves is on their website.

Full details including contact information is in the GAGB Landowner Database.

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Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust
East Midlands and Eastern England
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Click here to download the reserve boundaries

The BC&N Wildlife trust have asked that no caches are placed on their reserves. Caches submitted which are identified in such locations cannot be published.

Berkeley Estate Gloucestershire
Southern England
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Click here to download the estate boundaries

Click here to download the Deer Park boundaries

One geocacher (Muddypad) has permission to place caches in the Berkeley Estate. No other caches are allowed.
No caches at all are allowed within the Deer Park.

There is more information including the Estate contacts in the GAGB Landowner Database.

Berkeley village, private land. Gloucestershire
Southern England
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Click here to download the land boundaries

No geocaching allowed on this private land.

Blackburn and Darwen Council - Parks and Countryside
Northwest England
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Click here to download the land boundariesCaches are allowed in the council parks but you must get permission first from Blackburn and Darwen Council parks department first. Details of who to contact are in the GAGB Landowner Database.(tick)
Blaise Castle and Kingsweston Estate, Bristol City Council
South West England
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Click here to download the estate boundaryCaches are allowed on the estate with prior permission from the estate management. Full details in the GAGB Landowner Database.(tick)

Bournemouth Borough Council
Southern England
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Click here to download the Council parks and gardens boundaries

Bournemouth Borough Council allow geocaching on their land but you need to apply for permission before placing a cache. Not all land is included. Caches cannot be placed in the following specific locations:
Horseshoe Common nature reserve and Lower Gardens. In addition to this, caches cannot be placed in any council maintained Cemetery, Rest Garden or War Memorial or any site that is fenced off for any reason.

You may view the full agreement on the Bournemouth Borough Council website - click here which includes a contact email address for the parks department to ask for permission.

Map of council land

The council have been asked to supply an updated and accurate map however they are not replying to any emails. The Google map overlay has been hand drawn from one that appears on the Council website. It is as accurate as possible. If there is a disagreement over exactly whether an area is or isn't council land then it is up to the cache placer to check the location/coordinates with the council directly.

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Brecon Beacons National Park
South Wales
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Click here to download a map of the BBNPA owned land.

Click here to download a map of the entire Park boundary.

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA) encourages geocaching within the Park boundaries but before placing a cache you must get permission from the landowner. The BBNPA does not own all the land within the Park boundary, the greater part of it is privately owned. The BBNPA will be able to give permission for caches on its own land but not for caches in the rest of the Park. You will need to contact the relevant landowner and apply for permission from them. The map shows the land owned by the BBNPA.

Caches within Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Nature Reserves will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the landowner. Caches on Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM) will not be allowed anywhere within the Park boundary irrespective of who the landowner is. The Lle Geo-Portal map will show you these areas. Caches are allowed within Natural Resources Wales woodlands (formerly Forestry Commission) without specific permission being applied for. Please see the NRW agreement for more details.

Lle Geo-Portal map for Local Nature Reserves
Lle Geo-Portal map for National Nature Reserves
Lle Geo-Portal map for SSSI's
Lle Geo-Portal map for SAM's
Click the Preview tab to show the map and then pan and zoom to the location.

Hiding a cache on BBNPA land. Please contact the BBNPA on 01874 624437 or email enquiries@beacons-npa.gov.uk. Please use the following format for your email:

Subject: Geocaching Permission Request
Your name:
Your geocaching username:
Name of area where the cache is to be placed (this is shown on the map):
Coordinates and Location on OS maps (insert link from Streetmap)*:
GC number of the cache (if you have created the page)
Any other relevant information:

Hiding a cache on private land within the Park. You will need to find out who the landowner is. When you do it is suggested you provide them with the same information as shown above.

When you get confirmation from the BBNPA or landowner please copy the entire email to your cache page as a 'Reviewer Note' and submit it for review again.

All caches should comply with the Geocache Listing Requirements / Guidelines and the UK Geocaching Policies Wiki.

*Use this link to Streetmap to enter your coordinates. Under the map is a box with a link to the map. Copy this for your email application.

 

British Telecom Phone Boxes
All UK regions
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British Telecom have requested that no caches are placed in or on their phone boxes.
Please note that this only applies to phone boxes (of any type) operated by British Telecom and not to any operated by other telecommunications companies such as Kingston Upon Hull Telecom, Manx Telecom, Jersey Telecom or Cable & Wireless (Guernsey). Nor does it apply to any of the old 'red' phone boxes that are out of use and may be owned and maintained as attractions by local councils or parish councils. For these normal permission would apply.

Brocklesby Estate
Lincolnshire
Eastern England
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Click here to download the estate boundaries

The Brocklesby Estate have given permission for only one geocacher to place caches on their land. The estate may give permission for others to hide caches in the future but as of January 2013 this has not yet been agreed to.
Note that the estate is only open to the public from 1st April-31st August.

Broomhall Estate
Fife
Northern Scotland
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Click here to download the estate boundary

Broomhall Estate Fife. Caches may be placed with permission from the estate factor - Kathleen Brewster
kb@drrural.co.uk

Burnham Beeches National Nature Reserve
Buckinghamshire
Southern England
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Click here to download the estate boundary

This is a National Nature Reserve owned by the City of London Corporation. No caches are allowed in the woodland.

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CairnGorm Mountain
Inverness
Northern Scotland
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Click here to download the estate boundary

Caches are allowed on the mountain with prior permission from CairnGorm Mountain Ltd. Full details in the GAGB Landowner Database.(tick)

Canal & River Trust
All UK regions
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MAGIC (England only)
To show sensitive locations such as SSSI's. The map does not show the canal trusts land holdings

The Trust have said there is no specific restrictions on placing caches on their land other than to ensure no damage results to towpaths or the surrounding area.
Further details about the Canal & River trust are in the GAGB Landowner database.

If the area is sensitive for other reasons such as a nature reserve, site of special scientific interest or historical/archeological then specific permission may be required. Please see the section Protected Land Area in this Wiki about such areas. The MAGIC map will help identify such areas.

Castlefield Gardens, Manchester
North West England
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Click here to download the garden boundariesThe managers of several gardens in this area of Manchester have requested no caches in the open area flower beds.(error)

Chatsworth Estates, Yorkshire

Click here to see the boundariesThe Agent of Chatsworth Estates in Yorkshire (Duke of Devonshire's land) requested no caches be placed on Barden Moor, Barden Fell or Beamsley Beacon (2012).
The boundaries are approximate as no official map was obtained.
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Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
Ayrshire
Southern Scotland
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Click here to download the park boundaries

Caches are allowed within the CMRP but will require permission from the landowners. The park ranger service will contact the landowner on behalf of the cache owner so requests for permission should go to the ranger service directly. Contact information is on the CMRP website - click here.

There are Sustrans cycle tracks through the park. These are not controlled by the the park rangers so caches on such a cycle track should have permission directly from the landowner. More information may be available on the Sustrans website - click here.

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Colchester Borough Council
Eastern England
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Click here to download the council land boundaries

The Borough Council are generally happy to support Geocaching but wish to be informed of the locations of geocaches before they are placed. Please contact the General Country Site Team e mail address countryside@colchester.gov.uk for permission prior to placing a geocache.

Coppett Hill Trust
West Midlands
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Click here to download the trust land boundaries

Woodland near Goodrich in Herefordshire. The Coppett Hill Trust are keen for geocachers to use the woodland but ask they seek permission first before placing caches.
Trust website: http://www.coppett-hill.org.uk/home.html
Trust email: trustees@coppett-hill.org.uk

Coventry City Council
West Midlands
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By agreement with the Trees and Woodlands Officer, geocaching is permitted on the following sites: Hearsall Wood, Plants Hill Wood, Pig Wood, Park Wood, Stivichall Woods, Ten Shilling Wood, Wainbody Wood North.
These sites may be accessed between 1 June and 31 January. This is in consideration of nesting birds.

Geocaching is not permitted on the following sites at any times:
Binley Little Wood, Coundon Community Wood, Kenilworth Road Spinney, Tile Hill Wood, Wainbody Wood South, Limbrick Wood, Willenhall Wood.

If you require any additional information regarding the woodlands, please contact our Trees and Woodlands Officer, Tim Rose on (024) 7683 5200.







Cwmcarn Forest Drive, Risca
South Wales
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Click here to download a map of the areasNatural Resources Wales have closed off a large part of the Forest Drive and woodland areas for the removal of the infected Larch trees. The areas are expected to be closed for the rest of 2015 and possibly into 2016.(error)

Dartmoor - Spitchwick common
South West England
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Click here to download the land boundaries

The landowner, Mr Simpson has requested that no caches are placed in this area of Spitchwick common  including Sharp Tor. His concern is the already large number of letterboxes on Dartmoor and the likely increase in damage to the land with geocaches also being placed. The Google Map overlay is drawn from map data supplied by the landowner.

Dartmoor - Whitchurch common
South West England
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Click here to download the land boundaries

This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) have refused permission for geocaches in this location. The map area is drawn from data the DNPA supplied. This specific area therefore doesn't come under the current DNPA geocaching agreement (see that entry on this page).

Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA)
South West England
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The DNPA is outlined in yellow on the OS 1:50 scale maps.
Click here for an example

The Dartmoor National Park Authority are very supportive of geocaching but you must follow their guidelines when placing caches anywhere within the park boundary.

Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM) are legally protected areas and caches may or may not be allowed in such locations. You will need to contact a local geocacher, Dave Martin (Dartmoor Dave) who is the liaison with the DNPA and give him the coordinates so he can check with the DNPA. He will not be able to see your cache as it's not published so don't send him a link. You can email him through his profile. Dave will reply to you via email and if the location is approved please copy the text of his email as a Reviewer Note on the cache and submit it for review again. If the location is not suitable then you will need to move the cache.

You can use the MAGIC map to check locations on Dartmoor. The map has the layer for SAM’s enabled so you can see them. Details of how to use the MAGIC map are in this Wiki.

Devon Wildlife Trust
South West England
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Map of reserves not available. Please see the DWT website

The Devon Wildlife trust are happy for caches to be placed on their reserves. You must apply for permission before placing a cache. Details are available on their website.
There is also an interactive application form that you can fill in with your cache application and email to the DWT.
Click here to download the form.

Essex Country Parks
Eastern England
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Click here to download the EWT reserve boundariesCaches are allowed in the country parks but permission must be obtained first. Full details and application process in the GAGB Landowner Database.(tick)

Essex Wildlife Trust
Eastern England
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Click here to download the EWT reserve boundaries

The Essex Wildlife trust are happy for caches to be placed on their reserves. You must apply for permission before placing a cache. An interactive application form is available which contains all the details and guidelines to follow.
Click here to download the form.

Etwall Parish Council, Derby
East Midlands
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Click here to download a map of the village playing fields.

Etwall Parish Council have requested that no geocaches are placed on the council owned playing fields and village hall.

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Forestry Commission - Scotland
Northern and Southern Scotland
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Click here to download maps of each forest region as well as find locations on an interactive map.

 

Forestry Commission Scotland will allow the placing of geocaches on the National Forest Estate, without the need to get permission as long as certain conditions are followed. These are explained below.

(info) Please note that, geocaching events require written permission and will be subject to the standard recreation permission and charging process. Contact the relevant Forest District office to apply.

Due to the damage that could be caused to archaeological sites whether scheduled (SAM) or not caches will not be allowed in such locations without permission. You can check for such sites on the Ordnance Survey maps and Pastmap.

 

 Click here to view the cache placement conditions
  • All visitors must behave responsibly, in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
  • Please Keep it Clean and help stop the spread of tree diseases.
  • The placement of the geocache must be non-destructive and non-invasive (e.g. to trees, other plants, structures, wildlife habitat).
  • The placement of the geocache must present no increase in the risk of subsequent damage by erosion at or on the approaches to the location.
  • Geocachers should consider the additional hazards unstable trees may present: do not place caches directly under windblown or hanging trees or where trees show signs of significant decay. Do consider the safety of those coming to find your cache.
  • The geocache can be reached primarily by using established paths/trails & access points;
  • There is no risk of disturbance to protected bird, animal or plant life.
  • Forestry Commission Scotland reserves the right to remove any geocache if it deems necessary;
  • Geocachers should understand that the cache may be unavoidably damaged in the course of forestry or other operations. The cache owner may wish to monitor their cache occasionally.
  • If you have any concern about the sensitivity of your chosen site, get in touch with the local Forest District office, to discuss it.
  • All geocaches placed on Scotland’s National Forest Estate should meet the geocaching guidelines.
  • When the geocache is on or near a FCS promoted trail network, any areas which have to be closed (e.g. for forest operations or events) will be highlighted on http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit and/or on the ground. All visitors, including geocachers, must observe all warning and prohibition signs.
  • No vehicle access is permitted beyond the public highway or dedicated parking places. Vehicles must be parked sensibly and must not block forest entrances as these provide emergency access to the forest.
  • Forestry Commission Scotland will not monitor or maintain any caches hidden on the National Forest Estate.
 
Forestry Commission Wales

Natural Resources Wales
North and South Wales
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Click here for a map of the forests and woodlands in the care of NRW.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) now manages/owns all forests previously in the care of the Forestry Commission. They have said there is no specific restrictions on caches placed on their woodland and permission is not required. However there are some guidelines which do include some restrictions. Caches cannot be placed in sensitive sites such as sites of special scientific interest, nature reserves or archaeological sites. Full details are in their online geocaching guidelines.
There is an interactive map that allows you to identify forestry land in Wales.

Forestry Commission - England
All England regions
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MAGIC (England only)

The FC England are generally supportive of geocaching but you must get permission before placing a cache on their land. There are some FC areas where the agreement allows geocaches to be placed without first contacting them. These districts are listed here in the database.

All forestry districts in England are shown on the MAGIC map (link on the left which also explains how to use it).

The MAGIC map shows all forestry areas in England and is the best resource to identify woodland.

Forestry Commission England
New Forest and Dorset

Southern England
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MAGIC map

There are strict guidelines about placing caches on Forestry Commission land within the New Forest and in Dorset.

Please refer to the GAGB landowner database for the full guideline which includes contact details for the FC.

Forestry Commission England
Peninsula District

Southern & South West England
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Click here to download a map of the areas where caching is NOT allowed

The Forestry Commission South West England have said caches within the Peninsula Forest District* may be placed without obtaining permission as long as certain guidelines are observed. There are some areas where caching is not allowed for reasons which include archaeological features, shooting rights or it is leased out to another landowner. Please also note there are restrictions on the type and size of the container.
The full guidelines to follow are in the GAGB Landowner Database.

A map of those areas where caching is NOT allowed is shown on the left.

*Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and parts of Dorset. A map of the Peninsula area is available in the FC document.

Forestry Commission England
East England

South East, Southern and Eastern England
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MAGIC map to view SSSI's and SAM's

Map of the area covered by the FC East England region

Caches may be placed on CROW* forest land managed by the FC East England region without permission being required but subject to specific guidelines being followed.

Caches are NOT allowed in Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with the exception of two areas where they are allowed - Breckland Forest (Thetford) and Sandlings. Caches are also NOT allowed in Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM). You can identify SSSI's and SAM's using the MAGIC map.

Caches must also be placed within 5 meters of a ride, forest road or trail edge.

(warning) You must read the full agreement before placing a cache. Click here to view the agreement and guidelines, including any maps of the area.

*Countryside Right of Way access land.

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Forestry Commission England
North West England

North West England
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Forestry Commission map of the area.

The FC North West England allow geocaching in their forest areas but you must get permission first from the rangers. Details of how to apply by email for permission are given on their website (click here) and includes who to contact. On receipt of your email the FC will check your cache location and may contact you within 10 days if there are any issues. If you don't hear from the FC after 10 days you may go ahead and place the cache. When submitting your cache for review please paste the permission email into a reviewer note, or a copy (showing the date) of your email if you hear nothing.

The map link on the left gives details of the areas covered.

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Forest of Marston Vale

Eastern England

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Click here to download the land boundariesThe Forest of Marston Vale are supportive of geocaching, but permission must be requested before geocaches are placed in their locations. Permission requests should be directed to Tony Crofts tony.crofts@marstonvale.org and a copy of the email correspondence should be copied into a note to reviewer log before the cache is submitted for review.(tick)

Gatwick Airport
South East England
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Click here to download the land boundaries

For reasons of security, geocaches within this zone around Gatwick Airport must have permission from the airport authorities.

Glasgow City Council Parks
Southern Scotland
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Council Interactive map

Geocaching is allowed in the parks managed by the council. This document explains the rules about the parks and includes geocaching ((section 9).

Gosport Borough Council
Southern England
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Click here to download the council land boundaries

Gosport Borough Council allow geocaching on land they own and manage within the Borough. They have an agreement on their website which explains what is required to place a cache there.
The maps (left) show the area in Google maps.
Link to Gosport Borough Council geocaching agreement website

Hadrian's Wall National Trail
North East and North West England
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Please see the National Trail website for a map.Much of the trail is owned by the National Trust. Caches may be placed along the route of the trail but permission must be sought first.
Details and guidelines to follow are in the GAGB landowner database.
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Hampshire and IoW Wildlife Trust
Southern England
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Click here to download the reserve boundaries

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife trust have requested that no caches are placed on their reserves.
Details and guidelines to follow are in the GAGB landowner database.

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Haylee Farm, Derbyshire
East Midlands
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Click here to download the farm boundariesThe landowner has requested that no caches are placed on the land around the farm and on the adjacent footpaths.(error)

Herriot Watt Campus, Edinburgh

Southern Scotland

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Click here to download the campus boundary map

Geocachers wishing to place caches within the campus should make contact with the following:

Ross Ferguson, Security & Resilience Manager

ross.ferguson@hw.ac.uk & safeguarding@hw.ac.uk

  • Geocacher makes contact either directly or via Geocaching reviewer to place a Geocache on campus.

  • Geocacher will be requested to provide the following information.


    • Geocache name

    • Exact co-ordinates

    • Size and description of container

    • How the container is going to be hidden


  • Once information is received, Ross Ferguson will review and decide on permission being granted.

  • Due to Jean Muir Student Village (Borders campus) being accommodation, permission will not be granted for Geocaches to be placed on Heriot-Watt property at this location.


The Geocacher will be requested to post the following information within the description of the Geocache page.

Heriot-Watt University welcomes Geocaching within the grounds, but respectfully request the following:

1. If bringing a car onto campus please park in a visitor car park, which are signposted within the entrance to the campus.

2. The campus has good public transport, the following buses travel directly onto campus. Nos. 25, 34, 45, 63.

3. Geocaching on campus during the hours of darkness is unfortunately not permitted.



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Highways England
All England regions
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Click here to download the latest Highways England road network map (PDF document)

Click here for an interactive map of the areas affected

Highways England who maintain parts of the major road and motorway network in England have informed us that for reasons of safety and security geocaches are not to be placed on the road network and supporting infrastructure they maintain. This includes the whole motorway network and some of the main A road network. Supporting infrastructure includes but is not limited to, slip roads, lay-bys, culverts, underpasses, bridges (both over and under the motorway/road), and structures such as gantries and roadside cabinets road signs, traffic lights, armco barriers. Highways England are not responsible for motorway service stations which are privately owned and where normal permission guidelines apply.(error)

John Muir Trust, Scotland
Northern Scotland
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Click here to download the trust boundaries

The John Muir Trust are happy for caches to be placed on their land. You must inform them of the cache location. There are specific guidelines to follow. Details of these and contact information is in the GAGB landowner database.

Kent Wildlife Trust
South East England
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Map of reserves not available. Please see the KWT website

The Kent Wildlife trust have given approval for caches to be placed on some of their reserves. You must apply for permission before placing a cache.
Details and contact information is in the GAGB landowner database.

Leeds City Council
Great Dib Wood SSSI
Yorkshire
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Click here to download the wood boundariesLeeds City Council have asked that no geocaches are placed in Great Dib Wood, part of Otley Chevin Country Park.(error)
Leeds City Council
Otley Chevin Country Park
Yorkshire
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Click here to download the country park boundaries

Leeds City Council allow caching in Otley Chevin country park but you must get permission for your cache.

Leeds City Council Parks Department

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London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Council
London
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Click here to download the park boundaryCaches are allowed with permission on council land. Guidelines for placing caches and the application process is on the geocaching page on their website.(tick)
London Royal Parks
London
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Maps of the parks are available on the Royal Parks website.

The Royal Parks have requested that no physical caches or cache stages be placed in their parks. This includes on any boundary fences, gates or hedges. This is for both security and environmental reasons. Virtual waypoints for multi-caches would be allowed. Geocaching events are also allowed subject to any guidelines for such activity the Royal Parks may apply.

These are the Royal Parks affected: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, St James's Park, The Green Park, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park, Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Grosvenor Square Garden.

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Lundy Island
South West England
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Google MapPhysical geocaches are not allowed on the island but Earthcaches may be. You will need to ask the Landmark Trust who manage Lundy island for permission for an Earthcache.The contact details for the warden are on the Landmark Trust website. (error)
Manchester Airport exclusion zone
North West England
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Click here to download the airport boundarySecurity zone around Manchester Airport as advised by Greater Manchester Police Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team. No caches are allowed within this zone.(error)
Mendip Hills AONB
South West England
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Click here to download the AONB boundaryThis agreement applies to Burrington Combe, Burrington Ham and Black Down in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The rangers are supportive of geocaching and have initially allowed 3 geocachers to place caches in this area. Further cache placements may be permitted in the future. Until this is reviewed no other caches will be allowed.
September 2014.
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Ministry of Defence
Leased Land
All UK regions
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Click here to download the MOD leased land boundary

The Ministry of Defence have said caching on land they DO NOT own but lease for military use is permitted (subject to any other landowner permission).

These are the areas covered by this guideline:
  - Merrivale and Okehampton ranges - Dartmoor.

Such land is likely to be used for training which may include live firing. Caches in these areas must have the following warning on the cache page:
Please Note: This is a Military Training Area on which live firing and other pyrotechnics may be used. The area is generally open public access. One of the safety rules for public access is:- Do not, (and ensure that children do not) approach, touch or pick up any metal objects lying on the ground. Please obey all bylaws and locally posted information concerning times when the area may be closed. These may be physical barriers, marker posts, flags, lights or manned control posts.
To have the text as shown in bold and red please see the page in the Help Center on HTML code for cache pages.

Ministry of Defence
Estate Land
All UK regions
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Click here to download the MOD estate land boundary

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) have said they do not want geocaching activity on the land they own - the Defence Estate. The MOD have not supplied any maps to show where this land is. The only land that can be identified is that shown on the 1:25000 scale Ordnance Survey maps. However even this may not be completely accurate but it is the best available. The link on the left opens an overlay of this land in Google Maps.

Any caches submitted on land shown in this overlay (the OS maps) will not be published until the CO has contacted the MOD to confirm that it is not part of the MOD Estate or is land they lease (see entry above). Such confirmation will need to be submitted with the cache for review in writing (email or letter). Click here  for help on how to add this as a Reviewer Note.

Identifying MOD land on the OS 1:25,000 maps

National Trust
England & Wales
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MAGIC (England only)


Ordnance Survey (Wales)

Worms Head, South Wales

The NT are very supportive of geocaching and allow caches on their land and properties but you must get permission first before placing any caches. You may place caches within NT properties where there is an entrance charge.
For permission contact the local National Trust office here.

The Geocaching Association of Great Britain lists 7 different agreements for the NT in England. Before applying for permission please check which region your cache is in and whether specific guidelines need to be followed. Click here to open the GAGB database.

The MAGIC map is the best resource for England. The reviewers have access to detailed maps for NT Wales  which for license reasons cannot be made publicly available. To see NT Wales land and properties use the Ordnance Survey map (Streetmap or Bing).

Caches are not allowed on the Worms Head in South Wales (see map).

National Trust Scotland
General Information
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Click here to download the NTS land in Scotland.

Culzeen Estate
Drum Castle Woods

The National Trust Scotland are supportive of geocaching but you must get permission before placing a cache on their land.
Geocaching is currently NOT allowed on the Culzean Estate

Contact details for NTS are on their website - click here.

Nene Park Trust Peterborough
Eastern England
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Click here to download the park boundary.

The Nene Park Trust are supportive of geocaching but you must get permission first.
Details and contact information in the GAGB Landowner database.

Newcastle City Council - Town Moor park
North East England
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Click here to download the park boundary.Newcastle City Council have asked that no caches are placed in the Town Moor park.(error)
Nottingham Piscatorial Society
East Midlands
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Click here to download the river and lake boundariesThe NPS own the fishing rights to stretches of the River Trent and Greet as well as Maskham lakes. They have asked that no caches are placed on this land.(error)

Northumberland County Council - Plessey Woods and Bolam Lake Country Parks
North East England
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Click here to download the park boundaries

Northumberland County Council are supportive of geocaching in these two country parks but permission must be obtained first.

You can contact the council through their Parks and Recreation department.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust
North East England
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Click here to download a map of the reserves where geocaching is permitted.

Click here to download a map of the reserves where geocaching is NOT permitted.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT) are happy for caches to be placed in most of their reserves but you must apply for permission by email before placing your cache. Please make sure you read their guidelines (link below). It will help them if you send them a map of the exact location as well as the coordinates. Use this link to Streetmap to enter your coordinates. Under the map is a box with a link to the map. Copy this for your email application. 

Geocaching is not permitted in all the NWT reserves. The map links on the left show you which ones are allowed and which are not allowed.

Please send your email to the NWT at geocaching@northwt.org.uk in the following format:

Subject: Geocaching Permission Request
Your name:
Your geocaching username:
Name of reserve where the cache is to be placed:
Coordinates and Location on OS maps (insert link to Streetmap):
GC number of the cache (if you have created the page)
Any other relevant information:

When you get the reply, please copy the entire email to your cache page as a 'Reviewer Note' and submit it for review again.

 Click here to view the NWT cache placement guidelines

Northumberland Wildlife Trust Guidelines

  1. No geocaches should be placed on our nature reserves without prior written agreement.
  2. The geocacher must apply for permission using the Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Geocaching application form.
  3. Geocaches must not compromise the conservation objectives on our nature reserves. This could mean at certain time periods the cache should be removed e.g. bird nesting period.
  4. Geocaches may be asked to be temporally disabled to allow for reserve management. The Reserve Manager would advise on length of closure or a suitable alternative location.
  5. Northumberland Wildlife Trust will keep a register of caches on our reserves and at any time can review the placed caches. We reserve the right to withdraw consent for caches. If this happens then the cache owner must remove the container.
  6. The cache container should be clearly marked as a geocache.
  7. Only items that would be deemed safe and acceptable for an unaccompanied child to find should be placed in a cache.
  8. No items of food or drink of any kind should be placed in the cache.
  9. Caches should not be buried. Holes should not be dug in order to place a cache.
  10. Caches should not be hidden in animal holes or runs.
  11. Geocachers should not be required to climb a tree to reach a container.
  12. Caches should not be placed inside a polythene bag.
  13. Fences should never be crossed (other than through a gate or by a stile) when placing or seeking a cache.
  14. Maintenance of the cache is the responsibility of the placer.
  15. When leaving the cache site after hiding or placing a cache there should be no visual sign of disturbance.
  16. No cache should be placed in or on a dry stone wall.
  17. Bear in mind that some people searching may miss the target so it’s not simply a question of where the cache is but where people might interpret it to be. Do not hide caches in a location which may suffer from over enthusiastic searching (e.g. under moss or other vegetation).
  18. Permission may be given on a trial basis to allow the impact on a site to be assessed.

If you are visiting a reserve please refer to the guidance on access and parking on their website.

 

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Oxnead Fishery
Eastern England
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Click here to download the fishery boundary

Caches are allowed with permission before placing caches. Email oxneadfishery@yahoo.com The contact at the fishery is Ashe Hurst.

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Redditch Borough Council - West Midlands 

Caches are allowed to be placed in the following locations:

  • Morton Stanley Park
  • Walkwood Coppice
  • Arrow Valley Country Park
  • Pitcheroak & Foxlydiate Woods
  • Southcrest Woods
  • Wirehill Wood
  • Oakenshaw Woods

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Rombalds Moor - aka Ilkley Moor - Bradford Council

Yorkshire

Click here to see the general area

Bradford Council allows unrestricted caching on Rombalds Moor SSSI - no specific permission is required.

The boundary map is not accurate as no definitive map was obtained.

Roundhay Park Estate, Leeds
Yorkshire
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Click here to download the park boundaryCaches are allowed with permission from the estate. Contact details and further information in the GAGB Landowner database.(tick)

Sandpit Green Woodland, Hertfordshire
East Midlands
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Click here to download the woodland boundary

Geocaching is not allowed in this privately owned woodland.

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Shipley Country Park, Heanor, Derbyshire
East Midlands
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Click here to download the park boundary

Derbyshire County Council Countryside Service are happy for caches to be placed within the park without specific permission being required as long as all guidelines are followed.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust
West Midlands
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Map of reserves not available. Please see the SWT website.

The Shropshire Wildlife trust have given approval for caches to be placed on their reserves. You must apply for permission before placing a cache.
Details and contact information is in the GAGB landowner database.

Somerset Wildlife Trust
South West England
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Click here to download a map of the reserves.

The Somerset Wildlife Trust encourages geocaching in some of their reserves but before placing a cache you must get permission.  Some reserves have restrictions where no caches are allowed or only the SWT may place them.

Please click here for details of the guidelines to follow and how to apply for permission.

The map of the reserves you can download shows all the reserves. Where caching is allowed the reserve is highlighted in green and where caching is not allowed in red.

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Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
West Midlands
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Map of reserves not available. Please see the SWT website.

The Staffordshire Wildlife trust have given approval for caches to be placed on  their reserves. You must apply for permission before placing a cache and their are some restrictions on how many caches can be placed.
Details of this and contact information is in the GAGB landowner database.

Stanstead Park Estate, Hampshire
Southern England
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Click here to download the park boundary

The Stanstead Estate management have request that no geocaches are placed on the estate land and woodland.

The Mendip Society
South West England
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Click here to download the reserve boundaries

The Mendip Society have two local nature reserve and are supportive of geocaching but you must get permission before placing any caches. The two reserves are Tania's Wood and Sladers Leigh.

Contact details for The Mendip Society - Judith Tranter judith.tranter1@btinternet.com

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United Utilities - Roddlesworth Reservoir
Northwest England
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Click here to download the reservoir boundary

No geocaching allowed on land owned or managed by United Utilities around Roddlesworth Reservoir.Please note: This overlay is an approximation of the area as no definitive maps are available. It is believed the area is all the woodland around the reservoirs. If you think your cache is not within the excluded area then you should contact United Utilities to confirm this.

University of Leicester Campus
East Midlands
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Click here to download the park boundary

The University of Leicester have asked that no caches are placed on the campus.

Wickselm village, private land.
Gloucestershire
Southern England
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Click here to download the land boundary

No geocaching allowed on this private land.

Woodbury Hall Estate, Bedfordshire
Southern England
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Click here to download the land boundary

No geocaching allowed on this private estate.

Woodland Trust
All UK regions
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MAGIC (UK)

WT Interactive map (UK)

The WT are very supportive of geocaching but you must get permission before placing a cache on their land. An interactive application form is available which contains all the details and guidelines to follow. It is suggested that you create a new cache page (save it but don't submit for review) so you have a GC number for the form. Click here for the application form.
The Woodland Trust have a policy stating "no fire tacks".

The MAGIC map is the easiest way to check a location for England, Wales and Scotland .

GAGB Landowner database

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