A Question For Map Users

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  1. philw111

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    I am one of the old-fashioned people who prefer using paper maps to technology (it has its uses but only as back-up).

    When we are planning to visit any new areas, I like to get the ordnance survey map of the area to see what is around/what roads to avoid in the van/where there will be good photo opportunities/etc.. However, it seems that wherever we decide to stay, it is always at the very edge of the map, meaning that I need to get two. :confused:

    My question is, has anyone ever stayed at a location that is in the middle of a map?

    I'm wondering whether I should change my way of deciding on a location - get a map first and pick a location that is in the middle, regardless of whether we want to go there! o_O
     
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  3. GeriatricWanderer

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    Or compromise and get OS maps onto a tablet
     
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    There's quite a handy OS Map phone app you can get which allows you to select which maps you want for far fewer quid than the paper ones. I'm not a big fan of mobile devices in general, but this isn't a bad idea.

    http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/mapfinder
     
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    I told you, I'm old-fashioned. I like to spread the map out, fighting with the folds. Tablets break if you try to get folds in them :LOL:
     
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    Even old- fashioned people can learn how to compromise.
     
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    I once bought my daughter a full UK set for her computer, from memory about £80. She could browse on the computer and print an area for cycling.
     
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    We use the Philip's Navigator Camping and Caravanning Atlas of Britain as a planning aid but do have several of the OS street atlases and often add to our collection when visiting new places. That way we avoid places of interest being right on the edge of a map - but, almost inevitably, they will be right on the spiral binding edge of a page of the atlas :cry:
     
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    We've got the Phillips Truckers atlas in the van and a similar scale one for France that doesn't have restrictions shown like the Truckers one does. I normally have a quick look so that I know roughly where I'm going but use the satnav when travelling. It's also handy to have them around so when the satnav tells you to take an unexpected turn you can check up and figure out what it's doing and ignore it if it looks wrong.
     
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    Anyone else turn the map upside down when travelling south so the right and left are, in fact, right and left?

    I do like paper maps :) Have a collection of ancient and current maps. When I did a lot of cycling in the 1970s I preferred the Bartholomew maps to the OS maps, they were on a better scale for cycling.
     
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    Or maybe men can't read upside down writing :)
     
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    Lets just say we are different and celebrate that! But I do have a female voice on the sat nag so I can shout at her with impunity when she gets it wrong:D
     
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    Our satnav is known as "the strict lady" but I call her "Miss Whiplash" when I am alone :)
     
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    The C&CC Cheddar site near Priddy is pretty good - almost in the middle horizontally, and a quarter of the way down vertically on the OS Explorer 141 (y)

    ...I'll get me coat.
     
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    I hope this isn't going to turn into a 50 Shades of Grey Waste thread :LOL:
     
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    For goodness sake don't go to the middle of an OS map. Thats where 'they' get you .... (be afraid be very afraid!) If you're near the creases you can nip over the top n hide but safest is right on the edge. 'They' dont like the white bits round the edge. Please heed this, I'd tell you what happened to me but......well lets just say ..... no, no ,no I'm sorry I just can't .... its the shakes and the sweats..... s'all tooo much for me .... !!!
     
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    [QUOTE="Puddleduck, post: 1453811, member:
    I do like paper maps :) Have a collection of ancient and current maps. When I did a lot of cycling in the 1970s I preferred the Bartholomew maps to the OS maps, they were on a better scale for cycling.[/QUOTE]


    I've got an old Bartholomew's Guide to the Lake District book. It has a fold out map glued inside the back cover that's printed on a paper/fabric material and the phone numbers for the B&B ' s are listed as Ambleside 14 or Windermere 21 :)
     
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    No, I just tell her to shut up cos I'm in charge..... that's why I am driving.
     
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    I bought a map of France and another of Spain.

    No use to man nor beast.....the bloody things are around 7ft across. :mad:
     
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