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Are you going to Italy? Are you hiring a car? This is a cautionary tale of woe for visitors driving in Italy that could have been avoided with a £9.00 map!

Isn’t that beautiful?  Once of the most famous views in the world and our lovely accounts lady and her husband certainly thought so when they booked a touring holiday in Italy in July 2017.  They hired a car from the UK, booked their hotels and, in most cases, booked and paid for parking at the hotels, in various cities, in advance.  They wish they’d also thought to buy Touring Car Italiano City Street Maps (the Italian equivalent of AA) for the cities they were visiting because it would have saved them... Read More

Ideas and Activities

Christmas is a-coming

Yes, we’re really sorry to tell you but Christmas is most definitely around the corner.  In the Northern hemisphere, the leaves are changing and falling, the nights are getting longer, misty mornings are with us and there’s the scent of wet earth in the air. We’ve been working hard to bring our different gift products to our customers, providing novel,interesting and often unique bespoke and personalised items for even the most difficult of relative or friend including a range of scratch-off maps covering everything from skiing to whiskey . This year,... Read More

Map Scales 05/10/2018
Map Scale

Map Scales

It has been a little while since we blogged about map practicalities and thought it was time for a bit of a refresh, so here’s our potted guide to map scales: What does the map scale mean? One way of explaining the scale is say for a 1:25,000 map, one unit on the map, whether centimetres or inches, is 25,000 times bigger in real life on the ground. So of example if a road is 1cm on the map at 1:25,000 scale, in real life the road is 25,000 centimetres... Read More

National GetOutside Day 2018 21/09/2018
Maps, Walking

National GetOutside Day

On Sunday 30 September 2018, Ordanance Survey want us all to “GetOutside”.  So much so, that they’ve created a special day for it, the National GetOutside Day. There are three ways to take part: 1. Join a National Walk Meet the OS GetOutside Champions Ben Fogle, Sean Conway, Kenton Cool and Mel Nicholls who will be taking part in some of the guided walks. 2. Join a Regional Walk And it’s not just walks!  There are events being organised all around the UK Mainland which include: Walking Swimming Cycling Nordic... Read More


Swedish maps get a makeover

Lantmäteriet (National Land Survey of Sweden) and Nordstedts have revamped their 1:50,000 range of Topographic maps of Sweden this month, replacing the Terrangkartan series with the new ‘Sverigeserien’ (Sweden Series).  These are very similar to the Nordeca ‘Norgeserien’ (Norway Series) maps and are clearly designed for outdoor use having a similar cardboard cover around a water and tear resistant map printed on Polyart.  The maps can be folded repeatedly without breaking or tearing which makes them idea for frequent use in both winter and summer. Each map covers a larger... Read More

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A Damp Day in Bath

It’s summer, it’s Britain, it’s raining.  Hardly an unusual combination, but this summer, Southgate in Bath is once again sporting it’s summer clothing of multicoloured umbrellas.  This year, the umbrellas are all flower patterned, the handles are green and it truly is a garden in the sky; the fake grass underneath helps with the garden illusion too.  Bath has a history of these sorts of installations, most memorably, the red, white and blue painted bicycles that were in the same location for the ‘Tour de Britain’ a couple of years... Read More

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Maps Worldwide

Maps Worldwide is on the move!  We were shortly be based in Devizes rather than Melksham, and under new management!  However we aim to offer the same great service and ultimately an even greater range of products on our new look website which we plan to launch later this year. Although we are saying Goodbye to Mapsareus, Joy (joyofmaps) will still be part of the new set up and she is looking forward to working with our new partners Guy’s Magnets.

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Following on from our stroll in uphill Lincoln we entered through the †14C Exchequer Gate into Minster Yard which is contained within the remains of its medieval gates and walls. Most of the houses are medieval and were built for the clergymen and associated workers who maintain the life of the cathedral. Facing the cathedral are […] via Lincoln’s Minster Yard — TRAVEL WORDS

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Walking in an artist’s footsteps — TRAVEL WORDS

Whilst in Essex and with time to spare between checking out of one place and checking in to another, we decided to visit the quintessential English Dedham Valley on the borders of Essex and Suffolk where Constable drew inspiration for some of his paintings, notably “The Hay Wain“. “The sound of water escaping from Mill […] via Walking in an artist’s footsteps — TRAVEL WORDS