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on 23 January 2015
This is excellent. For the unelightened, an ordnance survey map is a two dimensional miniature pictorial reproduction of the three dimensional landscape in a particular area of the world - in this case the English Peak District. You can then use it to imagine yourself as a very very tiny person and find out where you in relation to other places, and "map" out a route back to reality. Like all the best ideas, it's brilliantly simple. It is important to remember though that it will only be of use to you if it matches the actual place you're in. There are little illustrations of hills, paths, roads, rivers, streams, toilets (denoted by a big 'P' sign - very handy), streets and whole towns, helpfully labelled with their correct names. When out "country walking" (or yomping, rambling, or even strolling), and you don't have the capability of elevating yourself into the stratosphere to get this kind of "overview", then this foldable replica of the real world will do nicely instead.
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on 8 October 2014
Going on a holiday earlier ths year to the Peak District, thought "I must get an OS map" thinking of all the detailed spots I could identify and visit. Well, the problem is that these maps are so detailed, it is almost impossible to find out where you are and where you want to head for. And in large part this is due to how unwieldy the maps are; at times, it felt like a "Carry on Hiking" film, with the map wrapped around my head. They do a "laminated all weather version" this is more expensive , £7.99 I think, but probably worth paying out the extra.
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VINE VOICEon 27 October 2017
Excellent map, helped us with our walking holiday in the Peak District, providing the footpaths we wanted to use.
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on 2 August 2011
If you are going walking in the Peak District you need this, even if you have a book of circular walks to use. With the one for the northern part of the PD, it allows you to check, shorten, or extend your walk, and avoid any walking that is beyond members of your party or that you just don't fancy. Money well spent.
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on 6 April 2014
The Peak District - Dark Peak Area (OS Explorer Map Active): Kinder Scout, Bleaklow, Black Hill & Ladybower Reservoir.
The OS Explorer 1:25000 map series is pretty much the definitive map for walkers and similar. These Active maps are a little bit more bulky that the paper equivalents but if you want robustness then it's the one to have. They are also a little more expensive of course. Also these maps are double sided so if you are looking at the side folded inwards it's a little more difficult to manhandle and fold it to see what you want.
A solid buy if you want to explore the northern half of the Peak District.
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on 2 December 2013
OS Explorer maps are about the best to use, this one covers the peak district which is a great place to walk and even better during the winter months, I normally know my way around the peak district but if bad weather closes in its always worth carrying one of these maps and a compass to keep you on track.
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on 23 August 2013
Great map, very large for walkies but perfect for using at home

Whatever happened to those little green and white super-detailed small maps that were around a few years ago? They seem to have disappeared.
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on 26 February 2018
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on 9 March 2014
Not much one can say about OS maps. This has the usual fine mapping and will be useful for a planned walk in the Peak District. I have a number of various OS maps and have found them invaluable for planning country walks and for general interest in areas of the UK
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on 1 May 2013
If you are going out for a walk on the hills and you think it might rain a active map is a must.

The active map is laminated which not only allows you to use it in the rain without that awful soggy map effect but also helps protect the places where you fold your map.
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