With the long Easter weekend ahead, we are sure a lot of you have made plans with the great outdoors. We thought it would be a good time to look over our bestselling Ordnance Survey maps of 2019 so far. Hopefully they will inspire you in your trip planning.
Our bestselling map of 2019 so far covers three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Kent Downs, High Weald and the Surrey Hills. The North Downs Way passes through north of Sevenoaks and other highlights include: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Westerham, the rivers Eden and Medway, and Bough Beech Reservoir. As well as the North Downs Way, this map covers sections of national trails and recreational paths including the Darent Valley Path, the E2 European Long Distance Path, the Eden Valley Walk, the Greensand Way, the High Weald Landscape Trail, the London Loop, the Medway Valley Walk, the Sussex Border Path, the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk, the Vanguard Way and the Wealdway.
Knole Park is a 1,000-acre deer park that is the perfect exploring ground for wildlife fans to explore and a great place for walkers to enjoy whether you like a woodland ramble or a wheelchair and pushchair friendly path.
Last year’s number 1. The peninsula of Purbeck is made up of 60 square miles of sculpted shores, steep cliffs and beaches – a perfect location for walking with lots of national trails and recreational paths. If you like cycling there is the 47-mile trail around Purbeck.
Find fossils and a medley of marine life at Kimmeridge Bay. The flats here provide the perfect platform for keen ecologists to explore the natural environment. Explore the woodlands and heath on Brownsea Island for the chance to spot red squirrels.
Highlights of the area include: Kimmeridge, Chesil Beach, Brownsea Island, Dorchester, Weymouth, River Frome, Swanage, and Wareham.
Originally built in 1830, Clavell Tower sits on the cliff, east of Kimmeridge Bay. The Tuscan style building regularly frequented by Thomas Hardy was saved from the crumbling cliff edge in 2006 by being moved 25 metres back. It is owned by the Landmark Trust and has a very long waiting list if you are thinking of staying there.
As you can tell by all the Lycra in the cover image, this area of the Surrey Hills is very popular with cyclists. Box Hill and Leith Hill often feature in cycling sportives. It is also a popular destination for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Highlights of the area include: Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the E2 Path and the North Downs Way.
This map covers Reigate, Leatherhead, Caterham, Dorking, Gatwick Airport, Redhill, Horley, Box Hill, Warlingham and Coulsdon. Highlights of the area include: Surrey Hills AONB, the E2 Path and the North Downs Way.
Polesden Lacey. One of the National Trust’s most popular properties, this Edwardian estate has the most beautiful walled rose garden.
From bustling market towns to quiet tranquil get-away-from-it-all places, the area includes the glorious River Wey with a perfect path to follow while looking out for Kingfishers. The first section of the North Downs Way goes from the attractive Georgian town of Farnham to the county town of Surrey, Guildford with highlights along the way including the Hogs Back, the picturesque village of Puttenham, part of the Losely estate, finishing with a walk along the banks of the Wey.
Other highlights include Surrey Hills, Hogs Back, Puttenham, Pewley Down, Frimley, Sheer and Woking.
The Silent Pool is a sight to behold with its blue opalescent colour due to the chalk. Alfred Tennyson was a fan of this spring-fed lake at the foot of the North Downs. We’d also like to mention Winkworth Arboretum with its large collection of azalea and rhododendron.
This map covers an area to the East of London from Greenwich to Gravesend. Highlights of the area include: Thames Path, Thames Chase Community Forest, Darent Valley Path, Capital Ring, London Loop, Green Chain Walk, Saxon Shore Way, Wealdway and Blackheath.
The National Maritime Museum is a must visit for anyone interested in naval history. If you fancy a spot of urban open water swimming, check out London’s Royal Docks to get a pass and swim in the shadow of the Air Line cable car.
This map covers the eastern Chiltern Hills and part of the Thames Path making it a popular destination for walkers. Other national trail and recreational path highlights include Beeches Way, Chess Valley Walk, Bookham Bridleway Circuit, Grand Union Canal Walk, Old Shire Lane Circular Walk and Shakespeare Way.
Other areas included are Gerrards Cross, Northwood, Slough, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Amersham, Chorleywood, Ruislip and Marlow.
Burnham Beeches, a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation that includes a hill fort that has earthworks dating back to the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. It’s also a popular film set and can been seen in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Goldfinger and a couple of Harry Potter films to name a few.
Covering the western part of the Chiltern Hills, part of the Thames Path and Ridgeway National Trails this map is often bought along with the Chiltern Hills East map (above, our 6th bestselling OS map). Other trails and paths include: Bedlow Circular Ride, Berkshire Circular Routes, Knowl Hill Bridleway Circuit, Oxfordshire Way, Ridgeway, Shakespeare’s Way and Swan’s Way.
Other highlights of the area include: Wallingford, Purley-on-Thames, Watlington, Caversham and North Wessex Downs.
The River and Rowing Museum, a great stop off on the Thames Path.
From Blaina in the south to Hay-on-Wye in the north, this map covers the Black Mountains and parts of some well-known National Trails and Recreational Paths – Beacons Way, Herefordshire Trail, Offa’s Dyke Path, Taff Trail, Three Rivers Ride and Wye Valley.
The Brecon Beacons offers a wide range of outdoor activities in some amazing scenery, and is perfect for weekend breaks or longer holidays.
Check out Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion and Brecon Beacons NP Ambassador Tracey Purnell. She documents some wonderful walks in the area accompanied by Asher the husky and Marley the Malamute. Find her on Instagram: @asher.marley
This map covers the Peak District area surrounding Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock and Dove Dale and is the perfect map to use when exploring the White Peak area.
Taking its name from its limestone landscape, this part of the Peaks is full of fascinating caves and dry river valleys to explore. If walking is what you’ve set out to do, why not tackle the 25-mile long White Peaks Challenge?
Using the pretty town of Stoney Middleton as a base, serious climbers can take on ‘Our Father’, a challenging climb up Windy Buttress. Alternatively, head underground to explore over 3 000 metres of caves at the limestone gorge of Middleton Dale. There are many national trails and recreational paths to check out making this an area you’ll want to visit again and again.
The famous 1560’s Chatsworth House is often selected as the UK’s favourite country house. While in the area, it would be a crime not to treat yourself to one of Bakewell’s famous tarts.
This map covers a large area of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Cirencester and Chipping Campden and Wychwood Community Forest. National trails and recreational paths include: Centenary Way, Cotswold Way, Diamond Way, Heart of England Way, Shakespeare’s Way, Winchcombe Way, Windrush Way and more.
Go and watch some Morris Dancers. The Gloucestershire Morris Men and Ilmington Morris Men are just some troupes that perform in various locations.
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