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Waterproof Maps - a Comparison

Most of us take a map when we go walking and we tend to assume they are clear and accurate. This review compares two maps covering the same area, both having the added advantage that they are waterproof.

Harvey Maps - Dark Peak including the Gritstone Edges

Harvey Map cover imageLess popular than the comparative Ordnance Survey series these maps offer quality 1:25000 mapping aimed specifically at walkers. At first glance the maps are colourful and easy to read. Look closer and you will discover a host of information that will help your navigation and awareness of the terrain. The following summary identifies the key features:

LAM-FOLD - Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL1 - Dark Peak Area

OS Map cover imageBased on the recently 'repackaged' Explorer (formerly Outdoor Leisure) Maps with an orange cover. They provide walkers with a valuable tool when out in the countryside.

Less widely available than their paper 'cousins', their key features are :


Personal preference has a lot to do with which maps you use. A dedicated user of Ordnance Survey mapping for many years, I was surprised to discover how easy Harvey Maps are to use. At first glance they seem to be lacking in data but on closer inspection you soon discover they contain information that is relevant to walkers discarding much data that is not of use. They also benefit from detailing paths as being visible on the ground or not visible with the inclusion of many more paths especially in open country. In contrast the LAM-FOLD map is of very sturdy construction and will probably last longer if badly handled.


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Review date - 14th July 2002 - Reviewed by LJ

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