OL17, our OS Explorer map for Snowdon is being launched today with a brand new cover, following a photo competition to be on the cover of the map. Amy Pennington from Cheltenham took the winning photo which now features on our best-selling map.
Our Snowdon map is consistently a top-seller and the area often features as the area with the most routes plotted in OS Maps too. With Wales’ tallest mountain to scale and the stunning Snowdonia National Park surrounding it, it’s easy to see why the area is so popular. The National Park was the third created in Great Britain, in 1951, following the National Parks Act in 1949, 70 years ago.
We decided to replace the map cover as it was due for a reprint, and after the success of our huge OS Photofit map cover competition in 2015, decided to open it up to the public and GetOutside fans again. We had a tough job choosing the winner, but Amy’s photo really captured the year-round beauty of the mountains.
Amy shared the story behind her Snowdon map cover photo
“My partner and I had gone up to Snowdonia for a long weekend break to do some trail running and hiking. On that day we decided to walk up Snowdon via the Miners Track and back down the Pyg Track and we stopped at Glaslyn for a snack. The large rock in the foreground of the photo was the perfect place to take a break. Although it was really cold the views that day were amazing.
I was definitely in shock when I found out I’d won the competition and then a little bit ecstatic! Snowdonia is one of my favourite places, so to find out that my photograph would be going on the new cover of OL17 was incredible. My husband and I took part in a race to the top of Snowdon on our third date and I have walked and run up it numerous times. There are so many great routes to explore in the area and the weather means that no trip is ever the same.
I have a passion for landscape photography, love the outdoors and start most of my adventures by looking at a map, so winning this competition was just perfect! I love maps and I started orienteering when I was 7 and have continued using maps for hiking and running ever since. We have a bookcase full of OS maps and many framed maps up on the walls.”
Map cover competition winners
Our competition was open to replace five of our Welsh map covers, all released today. Congratulations also go to:
- Natalie Hume for OL23 Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid
- Wyn and Bronwen Edwards for OL18 Harlech, Porthmadog & Y Bala
- Matthew Hammond for OS Tour Map 10 North & Mid-Wales
- Darren Bowen for OS Tour Map 11 South & Mid-Wales