Metal Detecting Advice

Where To Start Detecting If You’re A Beginner?

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So you’re a beginner metal detector? Well, I’m going to assume you already have a detector, if not I can’t recommend the Garrett Ace 250 enough!

Next, you need somewhere to actually look for hidden treasures, I’ve compiled a list that will give you plenty of places to look and practice as a beginner.

Top Places For Metal Detecting:


Gardens are the most available, yet best places for the beginners because you do not have to worry about the permissions or anything similar, of course, if it’s your own garden. Some metal detectors can detect metal quite deep under the surface so you might discover things that you lost a long time ago in your own garden or something that was there even before you moved in. Every metal detector requires some time to learn how to be used. Since this is your territory and your metal detector, you can take all the time you want to practice. You can even play games and ask some of your family members to hide items that you will discover afterward. That is a good way to learn how your machine functions and work on your detecting skills.


You can find things on the places that many people walk by daily. What is better than a sidewalk for that matter? We all might pass by coins and different metals without even noticing them. If you pay enough attention and bring your tools with you, sidewalks can be one more place that you can practice on. Since many people take these paths, you should not only check it out once and never come back. One day you might not find anything and next day gets surprised by some valuable metal in the exact same place.


Old grounds

It would be the best to do a little research of the old buildings in your town that no longer exist or have been replaced. They bring a lot of treasure and interesting items that can be found if easily and could be a big achievement for you as a beginner.

Maybe don't go there alone!

Maybe don’t go there alone!


With certain permission, beaches might be one of the best places to practice your metal detecting skills. Some metal detectors can go under the water as well, which can bring you enough finds if you are barely starting this activity. We do not have to mention everything that people do while being on the beach, we all know that barely anyone pays attention to their personal things while having fun and that is where the things get lost and then can be found by your metal detector.


Abandoned places

Every place brings a history and some of them are just around without anyone discovering them. Abandoned houses, churches, fields or any other places are some of the best areas to explore. You might find coins dating centuries behind, maps or valuable items. Make sure these places do not need permission to get researched and get it if they do.

This should give you enough places to start with, I personally would recommend the beaches over everything else. You’ll be surprised at the amount you find and also could you have better scenery to enjoy?

Let me know what you find!

Every metal detector requires some time to learn how to be used. Since this is your territory and your metal detector, you can take all the time you want to practice.


About author
Hi, my name is Richard, I've been metal detecting for nearly 10 years now. I first got into it after running into an old friend on the beach who happened to be detecting (Mind he didn't actually find anything whilst I was there), it certainly got me curious. Since then it's been my biggest hobby so I decided to start this website and help other people get into it.
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