Tubular Fells

When I was up in the Lake District earlier this year I came across a new map of the Wainwright Fells and thought that today I would share it with you on the Ordnance Survey blog. The map is called Tubular Fells.

The Tubular Fells map is based on Henry Beck's iconic London Underground map.

The Tubular Fells map is based on Henry Beck’s iconic London Underground map.

The map has been inspired by Harry Beck and his famous schematic map of the London Underground that was produced initially in 1931. Peter Burgess, a London base Geography teacher, has taken the idea of this iconic map and creating a new one based on the Lakeland Fells shown in the Wainwright guides.

Having lived in London for nearly 20 years, Beck’s map was something Burgess was very familiar with. As a keen fell walker and being a Geographer by trade – he thought to himself “I could make a fells map like Beck’s” – and so he did (after about 10 years of thinking about it and a few weeks sat in front of a computer).

So what’s on the map? In addition to the Fells there are also all 17 of the lakes that give the Lake District it’s name. You’ve also got the Coast to Coast, Cumbria Way and Dales Way along with the wheelchair accessible route to the summit of Latrigg and other identifiable features that you’d come across on the route (for example the Skiddaw House bunkhouse). As in the London Underground map where there are connections with ferry services – so there are also ferry connections shown on this map. The fells are connected by a coloured line (as in the style of Beck’s London Underground map) – with each colour corresponding to the relevant colour of Wainwright’s pictorial guides.

This isn’t a map designed to help you navigate your way around the fells – for that you’re going to need the Ordnance Survey maps of the Lake District – but it does provide you with a fantastic pictorial representation of the fells.

If you have a look at the Tubular Fells website you’ll also find that in addition to the map there is a wealth of other information that will help you make the most of your time in the Lakes. There are some suggested walks for you that take in some of the fells featured on the map, a suggested route card to make sure others know what your planned and information on public transport links.

If you’re interested in getting a copy of the Tubular Fells map – you can order it on-line or through one of the recommended stockists. With £1 from every map sold going to Fix the Fells – you’re doing your bit to repair and restore the fells at the same time!

This year the Lake District National Park is celebrating its 60th anniversary. In August we will be celebrating the park with a series of feature blog articles. For one of these we ask for your input – where is your favourite walk in the Lake District? Share with us your favourite walk and the most popular will feature in our Lake District special walks of the week in August.


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