New Map Tiles

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By TallPaul on 27/12/16 at 5:39pm

When you use our site you may have noticed that we use Ordnance Survey mapping for some of our maps (in the maps introducing each walk for example) but for licensing reasons we use an alternative set of tiles we were given which we called OpenMaps, for most mapping e.g. the location of hills, the subjects of photos in our gallery, or the little maps shown for each step of our walks.

The OpenMaps tiles were a mash up of Ordnance Survey Open Data mapping and contours and paths and tracks from OpenStreetMap and were first created in 2011 and they were getting a bit long in the tooth.

So a little while ago we started looking at whether we could replace them and we've now come up with WayMaps, which is built from open data from a number of sources put together with our own styling. After a lot of work preparing these map tiles we have now rolled them out across the site to replace the old mapping.

I've just posted an article about it to our blog so if you want to learn more about it then that's the place to look but we're very please with how it looks.

By Lancashire Lad on 07/01/17 at 11:16am

Hi Paul,

Just a quick message to say that the new style mapping on WalkLakes is absolutely excellent.

I'm inclined to say that it is now on a par with, if not better than equivalent area OS mapping!

Loving the little touches like colouring the "Wainwright" summit triangle icons in the same colours as the respective Wainwright Guide covers - and the fact that the maps are not overly "cluttered up" with information that isn't particularly relevant to the walker.

All in all, a superb rendition that would be very hard to fault.

Much appreciated - Keep up the good work.

Regards, Mike.

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