Moors for the Future and CROW updates

Open AccessThe CROW (Countryside Rights Of Way) Act came into force in the Peak District on September 19th, the picture to the left is the new sign that you'll see on gates and stiles to show you where access land starts. There's a wealth of information available on the web - what your new rights are, where you can and can't go etc. There's even an on-line database showing any current access restrictions, complete with maps. I've also noticed that the Moors for the Future website has been completely revamped, and there's a wealth of new information on the site - well worth a visit if you are interested on the whys and wherefores of the Bleaklow restoration. Plus they have a link to this site, which shows they are a discerning bunch to boot :-)

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Re: Moors for the Future and CROW updates

Thanks to the excellent Hitch n' Hike outdoor equipment shop in Bamford, WEBLINK I've now got myself an updated laminated copy of the Ordnance Survey's 1:25,000 scale OL1 Explorer map for the Peak District (Dark Peak Area).

It's almost twice the price of the unlaminated paper version, but definitely worth the extra cost given the inclement weather usually encountered in the Dark Peak!

The new Peak District (Dark Peak Area) map now includes updated rights of way information (significantly revised as a result of the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000, which came into effect here in the Dark Peak on Sunday 19th September 2004).

According to the Ordnance Survey, there have been "extensive market research and field trials" to ensure that the new maps are clear and easy to read.

Not sure exactly who was consulted. I certainly wasn't !

There are a number of key changes:-

The extent of all access land is now shown by a light yellow tint to the affected areas, surrounded by a narrow, pale orange-coloured border. This is definitely an improvement.

However, symbols no longer indicate the ownership of access land on revised Explorer maps. Previously, it was quite easy to determine what land in the High Peak was owned by the National Trust.

This is no longer the case. Neither will it be possible to distinguish if access land owned by the Forestry Commission.

In my humble opinion, this is a retrograde step, as the access land ownership symbols should have been retained.

The way National Park boundaries are shown on 1:25,000 scale Explorer maps has also been changed from the previous broad yellow band (or green on the slightly older Outdoor Leisure maps) to a series of magenta-coloured dashes.

Have to say that this isn't as clear as was the case previously. The pinkish-coloured dashes now look more like some kind of trail than a national park boundary. But probably better to have done this than removing the National Park boundaries altogether, which is what the Ordnance Survey had originally planned.

It's also a shame that the Ordnance Survey hasn't taken the opportunity to incorporate the designation of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) boundaries on 1:25,000 scale Explorer maps, as these areas would undoubtedly have been of interest to walkers and other Explorer map users.

One other change of note: A new orange-coloured "i" symbol has been introduced to pinpoint any permanent access information boards that are notified to Ordnance Survey by the appropriate access authorities before each map is revised. The use of orange for the new symbol is deliberate - it reflects the colour of the borders of access land on the maps and avoids confusion with the long-standing blue "i" symbol that indicates a tourist information centre.

Apparently, all other OS map symbols remain unchanged!

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One additional comment... So that OS map users can recognise which 1:25,000 scale map sheets have been revised to show the new CRoW access information, the design of the map cover has been changed slightly (which means you will be able to tell which stockists are still selling out-of-date stock!) The orange colour that has become a feature of the Explorer series has been retained, but new map covers will now include the access land symbol as well as a small change to the title of the series: as sheets are revised they will now be known as "OS Explorer Maps" rather than simply "Explorer maps". So now you know!

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Yet another comment. You can also order laminated maps direct from the firm that does the laminating (Chartech International Ltd t/a Aqua 3). Price for 1:25,000 OS Explorer Maps is £12.99 each. WEBLINK There's also a list of the OS Explorer maps which have been updated with CRoW information so far.

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Even better... If you click on the Aqua3 weblink in Tideswell-based journalist Pete Hawkins' website, you then get an automatic 10% discount on your map purchases, and the postage and packing when the maps are sent is free! WEBLINK

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Cheers, Peter for the URL plug. Also if you go to the above site you can buy a copy of ,y Navigation Book or book a place on one of my weekend courses running in the Peak District. BTW it's a real pleasure to be able to walk the once private moors. Pete