Planning days out to attractions that are the pride of the Peak District is now easier thanks to a revised Tour map from Ordnance Survey.
The mapping agency has published the easy-to-read map covering The Peak District and Derbyshire – great for helping families get the most from their trip to one of the most popular National Parks in Britain. It is an ideal companion when travelling around the dales and moors of Derbyshire.
The map highlights many star visitor attractions and historic houses. Some, such as Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Sudbury Hall, featured in the recent acclaimed film adaptation of Jane Austen’s book Pride and Prejudice.
The map also directs people to many other attractions and facilities such as the American Adventure Theme Park, Alton Towers, the Heights of Abraham Country Park, the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum and the Denby Pottery Visitor Centre.
Anyone looking for quieter spots will find the moors in the Peak District National Park, areas of The National Forest, nature reserves and viewpoints. Also included are dozens of country pubs, picnic sites, and castles. There is also a list of villages where the Derbyshire custom of Well Dressing takes place, when wells are decorated with a clay frame covered with seeds and flower petals.
The M1 motorway gives easy access to the area, and this along with primary routes, minor roads and car parks are colour coded on the map, so motorists can assess their importance for route planning. A place names index is also included to help find any destination quickly. Key cycle routes and railways are also clearly tracked.
Colourful and detailed map insets make it easy to locate facilities and attractions in the more urban areas of Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby and Nottingham, and the towns of Burton Upon Trent, Ashbourne, Buxton, Matlock and Matlock Bath.
"Derbyshire and the Peak District have so much for visitors to see and do," says Gail Meadow of Ordnance Survey. "The area boasts some of the country’s most spectacular countryside and is renowned for its heritage. The author Jane Austen referred to there being ‘no finer county in England than Derbyshire,’ and it is fitting, given that Jane Austen used these landscapes for inspiration, that the Peak District and Derbyshire was chosen for location filming for the recent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
"To help people get more out of the county, we've listed our own choice of 46 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.
"We’ve included everything we think visitors will need for a fulfilling winter break, or to plan a holiday in the new year, 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