/ Maps for road rides
Just about to go and cycle the Outer Hebrides using this:
Is there something similar for your area, or where your heading?
The OS do 1:100,000 or therabouts maps of various parts of the country -
Cornwall, the Cotswolds, Peak District, Lakes for example. Other ares are biiger sacle (Scotland and N Wales for example). Have a wander around the OS site.
You can also get 1:50,000 custom-made to suit your likely direction of travel
I tend to just print off a disposable copy from Bing maps at whatever scale, resolution and sheet size make sense for the ride. If I have the inclination I might construct a more elaborate 'route guide' in Photoshop. Either way it's more compact and manageable than a whole OS map.
Get a big road atlas with the metal coil binding at 4 inches to 1 mile; tear out the page you want and fold it into a zip lock poly bag.
You can usually pick them up cheap in shops like "The Works" and you've got the whole country covered for 3 or 4 quid
Agreed on the £2.99 road atlas from the seconds bookstore. Chuck away the pages you don't need.
If you do that, paint it both sides with clear/neutral polyurethane varnish. It makes paper a lot tougher and reasonably waterproof. My cycling maps are photocopies of a rather handy '30 miles around London' map that has the lane names on it, varnished and folded to jersey pocket size. Make sure you coat the edges properly, because that's where water/sweat creeps in otherwise.
Now republished by someone else:
I know its not much help for you, but if you can find something in the UK at around that scale, I think you'll be fine. The ones here have blow up sections for cities and main towns which help a bit navigate the urban cycle path network - that where 1:200000 is to small a scale.
I use anquet maps and print off 1:50 k or 1:100k (memorymap is similar)
A4 is convenient sizewise and lasts pretty well
Just been on a tour in the hebrides and printed series of maps before we went without having to take a pile of os maps
On tours you can run the same software on a 7inch tablet ( the licence covers i think 5 devices ) which works well if you can charge it each day, you can get the whole of uk mapping in something the size of one os map which fits in a map case on barbag but not suitable for day rides, its will work on a smartphone and works without a signal but the screen isnt big enough for route planning
Paper doesnt run out of juice though!
An ideal scale for cycling. Just rip the pages out.
Used it for LEJOG a few years ago and found all the minor roads were shown.
My wife has a Garmin Edge 800 GPS unit with full UK mapping. Useful but main problems are: small area shown on screen; cost; battery life if you are unable to recharge.
As others have said, old versions of road atlases are very useful as the new roads tend to be motorways and dual carriageways so not typically bike friendly.
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