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South West Wales


Last week we had a few days leave in South West Wales staying near St. David’s.  We had one really warm day walking around Stackpole Head.  This area of coast is administered by the National Trust and includes a beautiful secluded sandy bay.


The walk so so enjoyable, that I did not take many photos, but I liked the keyhole rocks along the coast.


Some had taken to the sea for a spot of fishing!


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Quiet week!!


I  have a few days leave next week, and rather than going far, K and I are planning a real ‘staycation’ exploring the Cotswolds.  Living nearby we always tend to travel through the Cotswolds en route to distance places, so we have decided to change that this year.  I find I am quite looking forward to a quiet week of gentle walks, exploring and cake!

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Alice1Meet Alice!

Alice Nutter from the village of Roughlee was one of those accused of witchcraft and executed in 1612 as one of the Pendle Witches.  Unlike many of the others accused, Alice was a comparatively wealthy woman, who apart from entered a ‘not guilty’ plea at her trial, did not speak.  It is possible that with a number of Catholic relatives (two of whom had already been executed as Jesuit priests), she was herself a Catholic and and refused to speak for fear of incriminating others.  This statue commemorating Alice can be found in the village of Roughlee near Pendle Hill.

For some great walks in the region of Pendle Hill try this Cicerone guide.


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Walking, Beer and Trains!

413-1000-669-0-0-1000-669At the weekend, Mapsareus was able to combine three of his greatest pleasures in one afternoon. Walking, real ale and steam trains!  I am not sure which came first, but I suspect the lure of real ale was the main purpose of the afternoon! The ale was supplied by Box Steam Brewery, a local micro-brewery which produces beers with fabulous names like “Tunnel Vision” “Piston Broke”, “Ghost Train” and “Whistle Blower” (I like the names even though I am not a beer drinker!).  The brewery is linked with two pubs in the area, The Inn at Freshford and the Cross Guns at Avoncliff, with the walk taking a circular route between the two through two valleys.  25-657-449-0-0-620-449Though a simple map of the route is available from the pubs, this is not up to OS standard.  Unfortunately this route falls right on the join of three OS Explorer Maps, so the best way to get a decent map for this area is to look at a site centred OS map.  Luckily for Mapsareus, we can download and print these in the office!

And the steam trains?  Well surely that is obvious from the names of the beers!

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Which map do I need?

africamapOne of the key parts of my role at Maps Worldwide is assisting customers with their queries and finding the most appropriate map for their needs.  This often involves quite a bit of extensive research as I try to find the obscure town , village or location they are travelling to then find the appropriate paper maps covering the area, whether they are walking, cycling, driving or just exploring.  I am fortunate in this part of my role as I love the challenge this provides and I am constantly improving my knowledge of the geography of the world and where places are in relation to each other, whether it is a small village in France or Spain or an obscure valley in the Himalayas!

So next time you need a map, but don’t know which one will be the best for your needs, please contact us, and I will be delighted to help you!


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Kennet & Avon Canal

9780956518323Walking and cycling along the canal towpaths has proved very popular in recent years, and we are very lucky here, to have the Kennet and Avon Canal run just to the south of our office.  With the very impressive flight of locks at Caen Hill only a few miles away!

However, we could be even closer to a canal in the next few years with the plans to restore the Wilts & Berks Canal, with the result that it will run just past our office, although the part around Melksham itself cannot take the original route of the canal, as much of this has now been built on.  Nevertheless, wouldn’t it be great to have a canal side view from the office window to watch the barges go by!  Mind you it might result in distractions from work!

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Walking maps of France

36303630OTR: Chamonix and Massif du Mont Blanc Waterproof Map Walking maps of the Mont Blanc region of France are popular at any time of the year, and recently IGN have added maps printed on water resistant to their catalogue. These maps are the same as the normal paper 1:25 000 Blue Series paper maps but are printed on the water resistant material, a great advantage to the user as they weigh almost the same as the paper map, but are much more durable. The printing seems sharper and easier to read, however the area on the single-sided paper sheet is split in two and double-sided on the waterproof maps.