Geocaching is a real world, outdoor treasure hunting game. Using a smartphone app, or a GPS, use clues and coordinates to navigate to and find the hidden geocache (container). Once found, sign the log and swap treasure. It’s a great activity, alone, in groups or with family. ChurchMicros are a series of geocaches at or near churches. Here are the 10 most favourited (by percentage) ChurchMicros. There are over 10,000 to find, with links to those listed here on each church page.

Battle of Britain

This chapel stands on what was once RAF Station Biggin Hill. It was a fighter station during World War II and will remain linked with the Battle of Britain, fought in the air in 1940. The chapel is beautiful in its simplicity, following the design of a previous station church destroyed by fire in 1946. It stands as a memorial to all aircrew from the Royal Air Force, Commonwealth and Allied Air Forces, who died flying from Biggin Hill during World War II. A caretaker will gladly show you around, answering any questions except where the cache is hidden!

St George, Biggin Hill

A medieval manor house

Old Soar Manor is a small but nevertheless complete portion of stone manor house built around 1290. Nestled in a remote position within the Kent countryside, on the edge of the picturesque North Downs, this rare survival of 13th century domestic architecture gives an illuminating impression of the life of a rich medieval family. Although the timber hall no longer remains, the private quarters do and visitors can view the surviving solar, latrine and chapel that were once an integral part of this family home. The geocache is only accessible when Old Soar Manor is open.

Manor Chapel, Plaxtol

Mystery chapel

The parish is named after the Cornish word for water, 'Dowr', and lies near the point where two rivers meet. It was once an important shipping place for the importation of timber, coals and iron, for the mines, and for the exportation of copper and other ores. The Wesleyan Methodists also had a chapel here which was built in 1825, it was rebuilt in 1861. This geocache requires specialist equipment to retrieve.

Methodist Chapel, Devoran

Unlocking Derfel the Mighty

The church is first recorded in the Taxatio of 1291 as the ‘Eccl’ia de Landervael. The present church is an early Tudor rebuilding, and is a single chamber parish church. Derfel Gadarn (Derfel the Mighty) was a warrior saint of the 6th century. A shrine was also dedicated to him on the slopes of Mynydd Maen in Gwent. The cache and log book are at the coordinates, but the container is locked and won’t open till you take it to all the stages in the given order. No short cuts!

St Derfel, Llandderfel

A Victorian marvel

The church of Cuddington was granted in the early 12th century. In about 1538 Henry VIII demolished the church and manor house to create two parks. In 1859 the railway brought Worcester Park within half an hour of London. A temporary iron church was opened in 1867 and in 1894 work began on the permanent church in the style of the 13th century. The church consists of an apsidal chancel, with organ chamber, south chancel aisle, nave, aisles and west porch. There are several stained glass windows by Lawrence Lee, whose work can also be seen in Coventry Cathedral.

St Mary the Virgin, Cuddington

The railway cometh

The first mention of a church in Ashford is given in a record in the reign of King Edward I, dated 1293, granting a dispensation of taxes during the Crusades. By the end of the 18th century the population had risen to about 400 and the chapel was too small for the needs of the parish, so a new chapel was built. The London and South Western Railway led to further growth, and William Butterfield was appointed to build the current church. To find this geocache you will need to find a number of other Amberel church micros first.

St Matthew, Ashford

Churchyard wanders

Much of the original building probably still exists in the simple rectangular walls, with no separate chancel. In a map of 1596 a spire was indicated, and a squat tower and broached steeple is shown in a drawing of 1801. The coordinates lead to the memorial stone for Rear Admiral Ricketts and visitors need to wander around the churchyard to discover the answers needed to get the final location.

St Katherine, Knockholt

Exploring the nun’s church

It is highly likely that there was a church here in King Alfred's day, there was also a Saxon Benedictine Nunnery at least a hundred years before the Norman Conquest. The present church dates from about 1040. It was originally split in two, divided by a high solid wood partition. The main part was the parish church, and the chancel was the nun's church. The early history of the church explains why the chancel is so long, in proportion to the nave. Geocachers need to explore and find clues to work out the coordinates of the geocache.

St Mary Magdalene, Lyminster

Italy in the deep southwest

When St John’s was built in 1828 it was a simple rectangular block with a whitewashed interior and balconies on the north and south sides. Alterations were made in 1860 when a curved apse was built in Italian style. In 1884 the church was altered beyond recognition. A wooden ornamental ceiling was constructed and new stained glass windows installed. Reverend Frank Edward Lewis was responsible for painting the apse and baptistery, the five paintings in the baptistry illustrate the evangelisation of Britain.

St John the Baptist, Truro

Saxon graves and crosses

Perhaps the most notable feature of the village is the beautiful spire and church of St Mary's. Parts of the church date back to the Saxon period and it is a typical example of a Lincolnshire stone church. The church is open most days and visitors are welcome. To find the geocache visitors need to look on the notice board at the church gate.

St Mary, Wilsford

ChurchMicros and Geocaching

There are over 160,000 geocaches to find in the UK. Basic membership of is free, and you can start to find caches with just a smartphone or GPS. There are well over 10,000 ChurchMicro geocaches, and many more placed at churches that aren’t part of the series. Some listings lead you straight to a traditional container, some take you on a walk around the church or churchyard gathering further clues, and some have puzzles you need to work out before you visit. Why not get out and explore the geocaches near to you, but keep a special eye out for ChurchMicros! //

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