Written on 27/12/16 by Paul Oldham

We've Upgraded Our Maps

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.

Here's an example of how it looks:

Sample Waymaps map

Things to note:

As well as being more up to date we think the mapping is easier to read, especially when zoomed out. We've also got 1:25,000 scale tiles now which in turn improves the readability of the maps for our steps in our walks where the route is complicated over a short distance.

We welcome your feedback on what you think of WayMaps, either publicly in the appropriate forum or via email.

By the way this isn't the end of the story of WayMaps, far from it. Now that we've mastered generating our own tiles we intend to take regular updates from the open data sources we're using, especially OpenStreetMap, and so our mapping will always be up to date.

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