Hunt begins for buried treasure

Seaton is one of 32 UK coastal locations where the key to a �3,000 tresure chest is hidden

There’s buried treasure in Seaton – and the finder could win up to �3,000 worth of goodies.

The town is one of 32 locations, around the UK’s shores, where Coast magazine, with help from the National Trust, has hidden caches of “booty” for holidaymakers to seek out.

Each month it will print a set of clues, coordinates and locations - starting in the April/May issue now on sale.

People simply download this information into a handheld GPS or use the opencaching smartphone app - for iphone and Android - and start hunting for the treasure.

In addition to monthly prizes, individuals and families who take part in all four Coast treasure hunts this summer could win a Coast treasure chest worth over �3,000.

Packed with gifts it includes a Garmin sat nav, a holiday the Scilly Isles, with flights and train travel for two people, �500 of Crew clothing vouchers, a box of 12 coastal ales, beachcomber bracelet and earrings worth �300 from Scarlett Jewellery, National Trust ‘Coast’ book and annual family admission pass.

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This hi-tech form of treasure hunting is known as ‘geocaching’, where a cache is hidden in a location recorded to within a few metres using GPS.

Treasure hunters who find a cache make a note of the keyword inside and log it at for a chance of winning a prize. Full details of how to play are in the April/May issue of Coast magazine.

Coast magazine Editor Clare Gogerty said: “We are thrilled and excited to launch our first Coast Treasure Hunt this summer. Our thanks to Garmin for its sponsorship and to the National Trust whose rangers have hidden the clues around the British coastline. If another reason was needed to visit our beautiful shoreline, surely the hunt for buried treasure is it!”