Paper maps are an absolute essential for any hike that you plan and should always be taken with you even if you're relying mostly on... read more
Paper maps are an absolute essential for any hike that you plan and should always be taken with you even if you're relying mostly on a electronic GPS, mainly because these could run out of charge and leave you stranded. Reading a map is a bit of an art but quick and easy to pick up. We find choosing your route on your OS or Harveys map good fun before going out on the hills.
Maps are useful for showing the contour lines of the area which indicates the heigh and shape of the terrain you're on or about to approach. Look out for different types of road including motorwats and unfenced farm roads. If you're sightseeing rather than hiking then a paper map is great for keeping in your jacket whilst sightseeing and our maps will show attractions, places to go and national parks including trails and camping sites. Many trails and footpaths are marked including bridalways and are indicated if they're right of way or not.
When talking about scales people will either glaze over or become confused but they're super easy to understand; 1:25,000 maps just means that everything on the map will be 25,000 times smaller than in reality. Therefore, a 1:50,000 map scale will not include as much detail as a 1:25,000 scale map.