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The English Lakes: North Western Area (OS Explorer Map Series): North Western Area (OS Explorer Map Series) Map – Folded Map, 11 Feb 2008
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These maps are printed both sides, and they also fold out pretty big, so if your route takes you over the page, maneouvring these beasts can be a little cumbersome. Note also that the key is only printed on one side, across a boundary and that can cause some difficulties. So, some serious map folding is needed - when I was in the Territorial Army, we even had a lesson on the subject.
This is the "Active" version it's waterproofed which costs a few pounds more than the plain paper map but it is even bulkier. I prefer to use the paper map and stuff it in a map case or even a clear plakky bag. Horses for courses.
If you're sticking to roads, paths or decent tracks, or are going to be within sight of plenty of obvious landmarks, you can operate without a compass. If your walk is a little more adventurous, you'd be wise to carry one with you, but bear in mind that effective compass usage doesn't come without a little training and practise.
Final tip: before you leave the car park, "orient the map". In other words, make sure you know where you are on the map and where you're going.Read more ›
As for the area. The lakes are the most breath taking areas in the country. But you proply know that and if you probably plan on going there if you where looking at this map. So simple as, these are the best maps you can find, so walkers, explorers, climbers etc. it's a must.
But like most of the Lakes this area is beatiful so go and enjoy.
The OS maps, especially the Explorer series, are excellent value for money. The scale delivers excellent detail and makes navigation by landmarks such as fences and gates easily possible. Of course with a compass navigation can be done just from the map but I find this slower and less enjoyable when walking.
I purchased the non-waterproof version of the map and while this is fine in most cases (if it's raining I tend to keep it in the map pocket of my waterproof jacket) I do find that the pages tend to tear quite easily. I would like for these more basic versions to be printed on tougher paper, and it's for this reason I would give 4, rather than 5 stars. For navigation purposes, these maps are unbeatable.
If only they could work out a version that means I don't always open it on the wrong side...
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An essential tool for planning walks in this part of the world. Without this level of detail you will miss the less obvious pathways and never find those hidden gems like the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer