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Dodd Wood from Bassenthwaite lakeshoreGeocaching is an increasingly popular sport and one which the Forestry Commission in North West England, is keen to support. Please read on to find out how you can enjoy this sport safely and in a way that protects the environment and the enjoyment of others.

This trial system covers North and West Cumbria , South Lancashire and Manchester only. See the areas covered by Gareth Browning, Adrian Jones and Richard Topley on our contacts map .

Placing a Geocache

If you want to place a cache on Forestry Commission land in North and West Cumbria we need to agree with you the location of the cache to ensure it does not conflict with other recreational activities, forest operations, sensitive wildlife or habitats and is safe for cache finders to look for.

To do this we ask that you agree to the  Forestry Commission byelaws (PDF) and GAGB Geocachers Code of Conduct and Guidelines. Please see our contacts map and email Adrian Jones , Gareth Browning or Richard Topley as appropriate with the details listed below.

  • Your name, email and phone contacts
  • Confirmation that you have read and understood the conditions detailed on this page. eg in your email copy and past " I have read and agree to abide by the conditions detailed on the webpage"
  • The British National Grid Reference of where you would like to place your geocache eg NY12345678
  • A description of the location, eg "under large rock beside Rowan Tree"

On receipt of your email we will check you proposals and if you do not hear from us with 10 working days you may go ahead and place your geocache.

Please note that the Forestry Commission takes no responsibility for the security of your geocache and reserves the right to remove the geocache at any time.

Osprey ChicksExcluded Areas

To protect nesting Ospreys please note that a permanent exclusion zone exists at the south end of  Dodd Wood. No geocaches will be approved within this zone.


Geocache Finders

If you simply enjoy the fun and challenge of looking and finding caches you are welcome to access our land on foot without seeking specific permission from us. Please abide by the  Forestry Commission byelaws (PDF) and GAGB Geocachers Code of Conduct and Guidelines . In addition please abide by all temporary signing where forest operations such as timber harvesting or other activities such as motor sports are taking place.

Geocaching Events

If you are planning to run a geocaching event  on FC land you will need to apply for a permit as described on our main permissions page.

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.