Treasure Map Trails is a new company who make and sell treasure maps of towns like Leighton Buzzard, Tring and Berkhamsted. The founder is a local dad who wanted a way of keeping the kids entertained. There are maps of towns and villages across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and beyond. You can save 10% on all oft their maps using the code FREETIMEWITHTHEKIDS and this affiliate link
We were very kindly gifted a copies of the Treasure Map Trails for Leighton Buzzard, Tring and Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans and Aylesbury but they did not see the review prior to publication and had no input it the contents.
The map is the Leighton Buzzard that we all know and love, but not as we know it! The street names are correct, as are some of the landmarks, but the rest of the map is beautifully illustrated. There are 10 squares on the map – these are where you will find the treasures. At the bottom of the map there are 10 images of the things that you are looking for. Simply try to spot the treasures and mark their location on the map. Simple.
If you’ve done the Children’s Trail in Leighton Buzzard then you’ll already know some of the things you’re looking for on the Treasure Maps Trail. I don’t think that’s a huge problem though.
The treasure hunt in Leighton Buzzard
We started our treasure hunt in Parsons Rec Ground because it was near where we’d parked our car! Most of the treasures are then on, or slightly off of, the High Street so there isn’t too much walking involved. Overall we took about 90 minutes leisurely pace to do the whole thing (with the odd stop along to way to nip into a shop). We then went back to the park to play. Hubby has decided that he really likes this park. Apparently it has the nicest public playground toilets he’s ever been in. Praise indeed!!
Treasure Map Trails Tring
We’re regular visitors to Tring and there’s already several great free and cheap things to do with the kids. The new Tring version of the Treasure Map Trails helps you explore them and some other new finds. Just like the other versions, this one is beautifully illustrated. This time there’s an animal theme because of the Tring Natural History museum. If you’ve got particularly little legs you might find that you would prefer to do your treasure hunting off the High Street first, where the majority of the items are, and then either do the ones around the museum on another day or go and park a bit closer.
If you wanted to turn this into a longer day then you could either visit Tring Natural History Museum or take a walk around Tring Park. Whilst you’re treasure hunting I’m sure you’ll find some things that are already familiar, but what had you never noticed before?
Treasure Map Trails Berkhamsted
The other new addition to the Treasure Map Trails academy is Berkhamsted. You may not know this but Berkhamstead Castle was once one of the most important in the country, and this version of the map has a medieval theme. The trail is a good one to bulk out into an (almost) full day. You can park at Canal Fields (free parking for up to 4 hours), complete the sections on the high street, wander back up castle street and up to the castle for a picnic and explore. If you don’t fancy that then there’s always the playground area and skate park at Canal Fields or you could have a wander along the canal.
Treasure Map Trails Aylesbury
I was really excited to hear there was going to be an Aylesbury version of the Treasure Map Trails. I’ve lived in Aylesbury almost my entire life and I wondered what they’d include. I assumed I’d know where all of the treasures were but actually there were a few I didn’t know until I got there. Aylesbury’s town centre itself is actually fairly compact so the trail was nice and easy to do, even with the smallest of legs.
Our Treasure map trails review
What I like about things like the Treasure Maps Trail is that it makes you stop and look at the town around you. It doesn’t matter if it’s your home town or somewhere new, you’ll still spot things you’ve not seen before. The maps are really beautifully illustrated and they’re printed like proper maps so the kids will genuinely want to keep them. The fact that they can earn themselves the status of Treasure Hunter Master is awesome! You can download a free certificate from their website for each trail that you complete.
You can do the maps at your own pace, and there’s no need to do the whole thing in one go if you don’t want to.
On the back of the map there’s some interesting information about the history behind the sites and some clues (if you need them). To be honest, we didn’t have any problems spotting any of the treasures, although the kids sometimes needed prompting to look up, down and all around them!
Maps are £4.99 each. Available from the Treasure Map Trails website (affiliate link. Don’t forget to use the code FREETIMEWITHTHEKIDS to save 10%
Use town centre car parks.