Winter Walking Tips

Put down the remote, force yourself out of that comfy chair and resist the urge to finish off that Christmas biscuits selection box, this is the perfect time of year to stretch those legs and head out on a winter walk. Yes, walking this time of year may seem a little counter intuitive and the thought of a hot chocolate …

A-Z Maps chosen as Official Mapping Partner for National Trails

We are delighted to have been chosen as the official mapping partner by Walk Unlimited to produce maps for the National Trails of England and Wales. There are 16 long distance paths that have been designated as official National Trails across England and Wales. A number of official maps will be released during 2017 with the aim of mapping all …

Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk training – Bournemouth Marathon

As the Bournemouth Marathon became more of a reality for our team, Caroline became concerned that the ‘running a marathon is more of a mental challenge’ mantra was being taken a little too literally by some, in that they were not doing much physical preparation! The scheduled Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk work social weekend provided the perfect opportunity to address this …

Grains Gill Scafell Pike

The A-Z Maps Three Peaks Challenge – Part 2

With the largest of the Three Peaks done, things should be easy now….right? Day Three – Scafell Pike, the second of the three peaks Starting height: 120 metres above sea level Car park grid reference: NY235122 A-Z Map reference: 5C 14 (1D 61) Start time: 6:20am Day 3 started like a typical Lakeland day; wet and misty to start with …

Pyg Track

The A-Z Maps Three Peaks Challenge – Part 1

Most people know The Three Peaks challenge as a 24-hour challenge. We’ve done it and didn’t completely enjoy the whole experience. It’s true that you’re left with a tremendous sense of achievement after completing the nation’s three highest mountains in 24 hours but the time restriction that accompanies the challenge doesn’t allow much free time to enjoy the climbs, views …

An Exmoor walk with A-Z Adventure Atlas

If I introduce myself quite simply by explaining that in my sizeable shoe collection the majority of them have at least four inch heels, and the last time I voluntarily walked any great distance was circa 1990, you may begin to understand quite how appealing the thought of an Exmoor walk in mid-January to test the Adventure Atlas would have been to me. …

Cotswold Way – Bath to Chipping Campden

The Cotswold Way National Trail starts in the world-famous city of Bath and meanders through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, eventually arriving in the handsome market town of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. The 102 mile route heads north and then north east from Bath, tracking the scarp slope of the Cotswold Edge and offering fine views west across the Severn …

Three of the best walks near London

London is a fantastic place to go walking. There’s so much to explore, and for a densely urban area it does have a good amount of green space. However, sometimes the hustle and bustle of the city can become overwhelming, and escaping the city can be a more attractive prospect. Luckily, London is surrounded by some lovely countryside, from the …

Three of the Best Yorkshire Walks

The historic county of Yorkshire packs in some fantastic and varied walking country. The A-Z Adventure Atlases now map some of the finest walking areas in Yorkshire, with map books covering the Yorkshire Dales South, the North York Moors East and West, the Peak District’s Dark Peak, the Pennine Way South and the Coast to Coast Walk. This week, we’ve …

What if you could make your own atlas?

Would you like to design a new A-Z atlas? If you could, would it be a street atlas, road atlas, outdoor activities map or something else entirely? A-Z is always looking to develop useful new map products. Recent releases have been as varied as the Adventure Atlases, smartphone maps, and a set of official maps for the London 2012 Olympics. …