Written on 14/04/17 by Paul Oldham

We've Improved Our Walk Maps

We have just release a major upgrade to our WayMaps tiles and the supporting mapping application. To remind you the WayMaps tiles are used for:

You can find out more about how the WayMaps tiles first came into existence here in our blog.

Since then we have been looking to improve these tiles and Beth in particular has been spending a lot of time wrestling various data sources into submission and today we have put them online for everyone to see.

This release includes four really significant changes.

Outer Zoom Levels

We have stopped using the Ordnance Survey's OpenData tiles for the road atlas and country zoom levels, instead we're generating them ourselves.

Relief Shading

We have added relief shading to our mapping. So for example here's how step one of our Catbells walk looked before and how it looks now.

Old map for walk 26, step 1 New map for walk 26, step 1

Note the shading on the east side of Catbells which makes the hill shape easier to understand for people who are less familiar with reading contours.


We have added the whole of Ireland, both north and south, to the mapping. This includes:

Ireland is still a little bare compared to the British mainland but we're already gathering new features for the next release including trig points, significant hill summits, and long distance paths.

Isle of Man

Although we had previously included the Isle of Map in our WayMaps tiles we didn't have height data. We do now so you also get contours, right clicking, and profiles when planning walks there too.

As WayMaps now offers you coverage which Bing doesn't our plan is to make WayMaps an optional layer in the GPX mapping application when you're logged in, so as well as being able to switch to aerial photography you will also be able to switch to WayMaps.

Anyway we hope you like our new tiles. Do let us know if you have any comments.

Any walks you have previously bought from us have been upgraded in your rucksack if you want to download or print them again.

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