The delights of the Malvern Hills, the meandering River Severn and Worcestershire's historic cathedral city are captured on the map. The map also encompasses the neighbouring county of Herefordshire: an area on the Welsh border famed for its cattle, its cider, and black and white timbered villages.
The Tour map of Herefordshire and Worcestershire is the latest addition to the mapping agency's OS Travel Map series and is designed to help visitors and locals discover all that the twin counties have to offer.
Motorways, primary routes, minor roads and car parks are colour coded on the map, so motorists can quickly assess their importance for route planning – and, to help find any destination quickly, a place names index is included. Key cycle routes along with canals and railways are clearly tracked, and the map also pinpoints scores of tourist facilities and named places of interest.
The map highlights major attractions such as Worcester Cathedral – King John's burial place on the banks of the River Severn – and Hereford Cathedral, home of the ancient Mappa Mundi, a 13th-century cartographer's interpretation of the world. The Tour map also directs people to many less-well-known attractions and facilities – ranging from Droitwich Spa or the Cider Brandy Distillery in Hereford to Sir Edward Elgar’s Birthplace Museum or the Royal Worcester Porcelain factory – making it the ideal travelling companion.
Anyone looking for quieter spots will find designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, historic sites, nature reserves and viewpoints. Also highlighted are steam railways, canals and dozens of country pubs and picnic sites.
Colourful and detailed city and town map insets make it easy to locate facilities and attractions in the more urban areas. They show Hereford, Worcester, Droitwich Spa, Bewdley, Leominster, Stourport-on-Severn, Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Great Malvern, Evesham and Redditch.
"Visitors to Hereford and Worcester needn't look far for plenty to see and do; the counties have a wealth of attractions to offer and the beautiful countryside that inspired some of England's foremost composers, like Edward Elgar," says Louisa Barnard of Ordnance Survey. "But some of the county's more unusual features – like Worcestershire's needle factories, Herefordshire's apple orchards and Teddy Bear museums in Broadway and Bromyard – are also highlighted on this new map."
She adds: "To help people get more out of the county, we've listed our own choice of 28 places of interest on the map, along with details of market days and farmers' markets to give visitors plenty of possible excursions to think about. In fact, we've included everything we think visitors will need to have a fulfilling break, without cluttering the map with unnecessary information."
The full-colour map is printed at 1:100,000 scale – the equivalent of 1 cm to 1 km (approximately 1 inch to 1½ miles). The OS Travel Map –Tour range sells at just £4.99 per map, from high-street stockists and the Ordnance Survey online map shop