If you've never heard of letterboxing it combines hiking, nature walks, puzzle solving, treasure hunting, learning history, following clues, figuring out mysteries and stamping and creating memories. It is believed to have started in 1854 when James Perrot left a calling card in a glass bottle at Cranmere Pool, Dartmoor England and invited friends to find it. Now boxes tend to be made of durable plastic. Inside is the prize... a miniature piece of art, a rubber stamp, often unique and hand-carved. Letterboxers stamp their discoveries in a personal journal, then use their own rubber stamp, called a signature stamp, by stamping it into the logbook found with the letterbox.
We set out on some trails, following the hints and deciphering clues. We got to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. Can you see the special visitor that crossed our path in the photo below?Sometimes we have to use a compass, sometimes we are challenged to know our tree species, sometimes we need to measure our paces. And then you end up at the site. Can you guess where it is in the photo below?
If you guessed under the Suspicious Pile Of Rocks (SPOR), then you are right!
Here we are (above) stamping the log book in the letterbox with our stamp and collecting their stamp in our log book.
Then we re-pack the box and re-hide it for the next letterboxers to come along and discover it. And we hike our way back out and on to the next adventure!