The last few weeks have been quite frustrating with regard to hiking. I was supposed to be out this weekend – but once again the weather has put the blinkers on things.
This will be the first year that I haven’t managed to get out for a hike before April
I was however relatively happy, as I had a 5 day walk planned for Mid-Wales on the Easter holidays. However, that too has run into issues….
Take a look at the map from Ordnance Survey’s Online planner application GetAMap:
Now take a look at the paper map that arrived recently…
Spot the difference?
Yup, it seems that a number of barriers have appeared. It’s difficult to tell what they are from the map, but they could be wire fences, stone walls or even hedges.
To make matters worse it now appears that the track I was due to cross is one that is surrounded by these barriers on either side, thus making the entry and exit of that track potentially quite difficult.
I’m actually quite miffed about this…
Firstly, it takes a fair investment in time to put a decent plan together. My expectation was that the online map would be as up to date as the paper maps – after all they are from the same company. But alas, this doesn’t seem to be the case.
It would seem that the paper map is dated 2014, whilst the online maps appear to be from 2012 – though I would need to get some clarification from Ordnance Survey about this.
The second issue I have is with regard to what would have happened if I was one of those hikers that printed off their own maps using the software? Had I done this, I would have arrived in area with no knowledge of these barriers blocking my route.
I could have quite easily ended up on a walk that would have had to be substantially re-planned on the fly (using an out of date map). Or in the very worse case scenario it could have resulted in the walk having to be terminated early.
Even if the barriers are climbable, it is not something I like to do, as that is the kind of behaviour that can give hikers a bad name with the land-owners.
My intent is to contact Ordnance Survey and ask them why there is a discrepancy between their online maps and their newly issued paper maps. Given that many hikers rely on their maps for safety, I think that this situation is wholly unacceptable.
Anyways, back to the planning table to see if I can get something together for the Easter weekend!