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South Downs Way XT40 (Route Maps): National Trail Map – Folded Map, 1 Jun 2013

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Product details

  • Map: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Harvey Map Services Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851374779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851374779
  • Product Dimensions: 97.2 x 0.7 x 70 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What an innovation. The whole route on one map & now with the added benefit of virtually indestructible 100% waterproof paper. No more carrying loads of maps to cover 1 route & secure in the knowledge that the map with still be in 1 piece at the end of your walk. Cyclist's will find this map really useful because of it's virtually indestructible paper. Handy for stuffing in & out of your pockets. --Laura C

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Over 38 years, HARVEY has gained a reputation for high quality maps for adventurous recreation. These award winning maps are compiled from original aerial surveys & field checked by our experienced surveyors, themselves hill-walkers. Made by walkers for walkers.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By James Bury on 14 Jun. 2010
Format: Map Verified Purchase
This is a top-notch map, similar in detail to an OS map, but infinitely more user-friendly and durable. When opened out with just one fold (eg showing the full map on front & reverse) it is slightly larger than a broadsheet newspaper - so a good manageable size. It is laid out in sections to traverse the 100 miles of the South Downs way. It is made from polyethylene, and feels like plasticised paper with a silky finish. It is extremely strong, hard to tear even deliberately (!), and shows no signs of wear where it is repeatedly folded. It shrugs off water and looks like it would withstand very heavy use even in bad weather. A lot of thought and nice touches have gone into the layout and design to make it a really practical and helpful map for the user. Important information is highlighted clearly, and when you switch from one panel to the next there are clear markers to take you from the equivalent points on one section to the next. There is also plenty of overlapping detail at the start and finish of each panel so you don't need to jump back and forwards between sections.

Overall, this is hard to fault. It would be helpful if the distance markers used on the large-scale summary map were repeated on the detailed sections, but this is a small point. Overall it packs a lot of information into a practical, durable, easy-to use map that isn't going to let you down in tough conditions. I'm very impressed and will actively seek out maps from Harvey in preference to any other map, and certainly the very poor OS maps that tear at the folds and disintegrate in rain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ash on 24 May 2011
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Having now used the first few pages of this map on the walk, it's perfect. Very accurate, durable and easy to follow and includes pubs on the route! Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kitwah on 6 April 2013
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The map itself is great: folds down as if its a purely paper map to a really compact size yet is laminated or plasticated all over. I spent 4 days on the south downs way and found it extremly durable, i was costantly folding and unfolding, and squashing and dropping it, and of course it got rained on, all without effecting the map at all. It still looks practically new. The plastic packet it came in tore eventually but i can deal with that.

The route and map itself i found mostly to be perfectly easy to follow, it was invaluable for my trip. In fact i hardly used the guidebook i also took. The only drawbacks i found was that the towns off the route are sometimes obscured by text boxes, so sometimes i found it harder to locate my accomidation, but if you plan in advance and have a screenshot or printout of your accomidation map its fine. I also found that at the end of my route in eastbourne the sign posts and map no longer correspond. It looked like a fairly recent change to the route though so its fair enough i guess. (If your starting or ending in eastbourne, check the website to avoid confusion!)

Overall the map is excellent, i would def buy this brand of map again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Myrtle on 7 April 2012
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It's a Harvey's map. What can I say? It comes in a transparent plastic wallet to keep it dry but it's printed on waterproof paper anyway. After a lot of folding and unfolding in pouring rain some of the corners become holes, but that's not unexpected. Every page is a decent day's walk. It's easy to read. It's a good size to carry and fits in the leg pocket of my trousers. It has pubs and cafes marked so lunch breaks can be planned. Altogether an excellent buy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jason R. Lowden on 29 May 2009
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Quick delivery. All the route on one map very useful and looks like it will last a long time
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Biker on 12 July 2010
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Good Map for Walkers and of waterproof material.

Could do with being smaller for Mountain Bikers to slip in a pocket.

Contours give you an idea but a side on view of the elevations would also help with planning a trip, mentally as well as physically.

If you are attempting the South Downs (particularly on a bike) do train for it, the hills are big and quite numerous, they seem to get bigger the further East you head (I'm sure it wasn't just my tired legs).

Sign posting on the SDW isn't very good and speaking to others a lot have strayed off the trail.

It maybe easier to spot the signs on foot, but on a Mountain Bike it's easy to miss them.

Don't go out on the South Downs without a map, plenty of water, energy bars and some spares.

It's apparently very slippery in the wet - you've been warned.

The views however are spectacular and you won't regret the trip - but do prepare, a map is essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M on 8 Jan. 2013
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Folds up small enough to roll to fit in shirt pocket! very tough and water proof.
Does not show much of area surrounding route, however its a map for the route and does that well!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chrissie Pufling on 29 Sept. 2009
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This map is a very useful addition to guide books on the South Downs Way; it is very helpful to see the entire walk without having to turn pages.
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