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

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


Maps and ShelterBox

  For several years now, Maps Worldwide has been pleased to be associated with the charity ShelterBox, with all customers being able to donate the change from their order to the charity, which Maps Worldwide matches. My local church, St. Michael and All Angels is holding an Angel Festival from this weekend with the theme of ‘Angels as Helpers’, given all that ShelterBox does in its deployments around the world, I decided to make our contribution out of old maps with ShelterBox deployments highlighted.  I am not particularly creative, but... Read More

Ideas and Activities, Maps

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!

Ideas and Activities, Maps, Walking


Meet 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... Read More

Cycling, Ideas and Activities, Maps, Walking

Le Grand Depart

We found ourselves in the market town of Hawes last week, which is on the first stage of this years Le Tour de France.  It was brilliant to see just how much the town has taken the Tour to heart, with the whole centre decked out in bunting, many painted bikes lining the route and even red spots (which I later learnt is the colour of the jersey awarded to the King of the Mountains) painted onto many houses and businesses. There were many other examples of street art to... Read More