Ordnance Survey Branches Out

Posted on April 20th, 2015

Technology is great but….

In the modern age of programming in the Sat Nav and following the “turn left, turn right” instructions, we don’t always appreciate the old skills of map reading. For me opening a map is like reading a paperback book, it doesn’t suffer from breakdowns or technical hitches and there is something tactile and tangible that I really enjoy. I will admit I favor the Sat Nav for long journeys through busy cities but for afternoon drives, country walks or bike rides locally being able to ponder over a map and see the coastline, gradient and points of interest all marked out comes into its own. Maps can really help to plan an outdoor adventure and teach children some great skills.


Sat Nav vs Map

Create your own bespoke Map with Custom Made from Ordnance Survey.

Ordnance Survey have just undergone a redesign and included in this is a wonderful new concept of maps made to measure in the area of your choice with your very own cover design. You choose the central point and send in a high quality photo and they do the rest. Base your map on a favourite holiday destination or your local area. Priced from just £16.99 and despatched  within 2 working days I think they would make a wonderful bespoke Father’s Day gift or a super birthday present to anyone who enjoys an outdoor adventure from kids to grandparents. It is such a clever idea to make these personalised, I’m really taken with the concept.

Ordnance Survey Custom Maps

We have our very own Custom Made Map here at Coombe Mill centred on the farm with our choice of photo, there were so many I could have picked but settled on this one capturing our daily train ride with our holiday guests.  


Signals at the Train for Map Front Cover


The Maps are based on 1:25 000 including detail needed for walking and cycling. Our Map extends from the coast including details of how to reach the beautiful Secret beach at Tregardock and all along the Camel Trail to Wadebridge as well as up into Bodmin Moor covering the Rocky outcrops of Brown Willy and Rough Tor. You can pick up our copy from Reception to borrow for the day here on holiday.


Points of Interest on the Coombe Mill Map


Guy and Jed took our map with them on their Coast to Coast scout expedition to plot their journey and really enjoyed searching for landmarks they recognised as they passed near Coombe Mill.


Guy and Jed leaving for Coast to Coast


We have also used it for walking and cycling trips from here taking advantage of the footpaths, bridleways and points of interest through Coombe Mill up to the village and across the moor. It is such a handy scale I’m tempted to buy another.


Out and About with the Coombe Mill Custom Map

Win your Custom Made Ordnance Survey Map with Coombe Mill


Go Exploring Locally with a Custom Map


For your chance to win yourself, a friend or family member one of these useful maps just follow the instructions below. We have two to giveaway to the first two entries drawn so start thinking of a photo and an area and enter here, best of luck to all taking part.   

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Disclosure: I was sent my copy of a customer made map to review and to set up this giveaway, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.