World War I
Discover what it was like signing up in Dorchester, being a German POW, getting trained in the field at Moreton, the reality of trenches and battle, remember those who did not come back and discover Bovington tank secrets.
You can follow the trail in three different ways - Geocaching, a map, or using clues. You can also download our app to scan the QR codes and access extra content, including our World War I radio play - just click here!
Go to www.geocaching.com and download our caches called:
Dorset Needs You! – http://coord.info/GC59C7D
Prisoners of War – http://coord.info/GC59CB5
Rest and Relaxation – http://coord.info/GC5A9R5
Remembrance – http://coord.info/GC5A9R5
Think Tank – http://coord.info/GC5D33J
Battle Ready – http://coord.info/GC5B8HN
Terrible Trenches – http://coord.info/GC5B8JM
The Reality of War – http://coord.info/GC5B8K2
Use the following grid references and clues to locate our geocaches!
Dorset Needs You! – SY 68768 90665 - Go to the back door and you might twig where it is!
Prisoners of War – SY 68659 91080 - Behind the point of the white grove house sign you can hedge your bets you are getting warm!
Rest and Relaxation – SY 69265 90771 - Look for the post box that is not a post box.
Remembrance – SY 69265 90771 - Reach into the roof of the post box that is not a post box!
Think Tank – SY 82678 90180 - When you come across a concrete ramp on your right, go to the far end and tucked in a hole in the ramp's side lies your prize.
Battle Ready – SY 82063 89201 - At the fork in the path, look for the three-trunked silver birch tree that hides the treasure.
Terrible Trenches – SY 81704 89771 - At the fork in the path that says Moreton and Lawrence Trail, look for the holly tree to find your history box.
The Reality of War – SY 81133 89649 - Leave the path and follow past the metal gate on the right along the fence to a large oak tree. At its base you will find what you are looking for.
For a challenge, use the clues below on their own to find the caches on our trail!
Dorset Needs You! – Go to the Top O’ Town in Dorchester and look for a castle. Go to the back door and search. You might twig where it is.
Prisoners of War – Walk down the road between the castle and the old artillery barracks to the Grove, where you won’t find fairies but you will find industrial units! Go down the hill past the old red brick POW building to the White Grove House sign, this is in front of a bush that will bear fruit!
Rest and Relaxation – The friar's sign will help you if you want to find the history box. If you want to exchange corn and get new tyres you are in the right place! Look for a post box that is not a post box.
Remembrance – Reach into the roof of the post box that is not a post box. It will yield the stories you can match to names you find at St Peter’s war memorial around the corner in front of St Peter's Church.
Think Tank – Park up near to Clouds Hill at the tank viewing park, cross the road very carefully and take the footpath that runs alongside the road. Be sure to stay inside the yellow markers and stay on the path until you come across a concrete ramp on your right. Go to the far end of the ramp and tucked in a hole in the ramp's side lies your prize.
Battle Ready – Go to Cranesmoor Close, follow the Lawrence Trail and go straight on. Before the gate with the military crossing sign, at the fork in the path, look for the three-trunked silver birch tree that hides the treasure...
Terrible Trenches – Continue on through two gates past the sign for Moreton Forest. At the fork in the path that says Moreton and Lawrence Trail, look for the holly tree to find your history box. Mind you do not trip on tree roots or potholes and watch for soggy bits in winter.
The Reality of War – Through the gates and past the house on the right, continue straight until the path opens out into fields on the right, (if you pass the turning to Snelling Farm you have gone too far). Leave the path and follow past the metal gate on the right along the fence to a large oak tree. At its base you'll find what you are looking for...