We recently collaborated with YHA to create a stunning new display for their Youth Hostel in Castleton. The display offers visitors a variety of routes to help them #GetOutside and explore the stunning countryside that surrounds the hostel.
At the centre of the display is a large 3D contour map of the area which contains some topographic detail and local points of interest. There are six routes shown on the map using coloured pins and string which makes for a really striking, tactile display.
OS OpenData launched back in April 2010 and we’ve seen over a million downloads over the last five years. From red squirrels mapped in the Highlands to crime statistics overlaid on tweets, we’ve seen a huge variety of uses too. Most examples we see are online, so when we spotted OS OpenData used in a book recently, it caught our eye.
This week is National Parks Week, a seven-day celebration of Britain’s wildlife. It sees events organised across Britain’s 15 National Parks and encourages all Brits to head out and explore open areas right on their doorstep. There will also be a photography competition (on the theme ‘Space to Grow’) and overnight stays to show off the Parks’ dark skies.
So for those planning a visit to one of Britain’s National Parks for the big week ahead, here are some of the goings on you can look forward to.
‘Take pART’ is an arts and crafts scheme aimed at allowing children to get creative, learn a new skill and make something tangible, especially if this can be done with natural materials. This year’s National Parks Week will coincide with two Take pART workshops: pottery and felt pictures.
Both workshops will take place at the National Park visitor centre, with pottery on the cards on July 29 and felt the following day. The cost for each will be £5 per child. Adults or families looking for more physical activities, meanwhile, may be tempted by the Walk, Talk and Tea stroll around Mynydd Illtud. The family-friendly four-mile stroll will take in industrial sites, spiritual centre and Iron Age hillfort (depending on time). Space on the walk cost £4 but this includes a cream tea.
We thought we’d give you advance warning to celebrate the start of National Parks Week on Monday 29 July by revisiting this guest walk from last year in the spectacular Peak District.
Length of route: 8.3 miles
Time: 4 hours
Ascent: 574 m/1884 ft
Difficulty: Rocky terrain/steep in places
Start/finish point: Main car park at Edale (SK124853)
Trig point: Kinder Low at 633 m (SK079871)
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Route information: This is a very strenuous walk, but one of the most rewarding in the Peak District, passing spectacular rock formations, streams and viewpoints. As with any walk on Kinder, I made sure that I took with me a compass, a map, sturdy shoes and waterproofs as the weather can turn for the worse at any time.
Parking is available in the main car park at Edale and from there I took the path to the left of the toilets which leads to the only road to the village. Turning right onto the road and continuing along it, I kept to the left of The Old Nag’s Head pub. The road turns into a track, following signs for Grindsbrook and the route eventually takes a path to the right of a private drive. It then heads down the steps and crosses the bridge, joining a man-made path at the other side of the valley. The next step involved heading along this path and going through a gate that leads through a small wood and then out of the gate at the far side of it. I crossed the stream and continued along the path as it followed the right hand side of the river. A sheer cliff face eventually appears on the right, and this marks the spot when I had to carefully cross the river using the rocks and continue on the left hand side of it towards the top of the Kinder Plateau. Close to the top, the rocky river bed forks in two and then I headed to the left. I could now see a path straight in front of me as I emerged onto the top at grid reference SK105 872. I took this stone path. As I followed this route along the edge of Kinder Scout I passed some incredible rock formations and enjoyed views to the south over the Peak District.
This week we have a guest blog from Nicola Underdown – one of our twitter followers. Nicola is a keen outdoor enthusiast and freelance writer.
We hope you enjoy Nicola’s post, and if you’d like to write a blog post about your outdoor adventures, or about how you’re using geographic information, please just get in touch.
Start: SK 241 516
Distance: 25 miles
Over to Nicola…
“For the regular walker in the Peak District, the idea of tackling those peaks and valleys by bike might be little bit intimidating, but Pedal Peak District shows that it is possible for even the creakiest novice cyclist to get out and enjoy the area on two wheels. With an extensive trail network and detailed mapping, it’s possible to pick a route which will perfectly fill a sunny day.
“A good starting point for an exploration by bike is Carsington Water. The reservoir is a mere 2 miles long but there are lots of ways to enjoy it; by boat, fishing, or cycling the 8 mile trail which circumnavigates the water. 8 miles might be plenty if you’re just getting back into the saddle or have a family in tow, especially as you can spend some time watching the wildlife or relaxing by the water. However, there’s plenty to challenge you if you’re feel adventurous.