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#53552 - 02/02/10 06:51 PM Explorer or Landranger?
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You'll never believe this but I intend to do the C2C this year (End July/August), I have read many posts which have answered nearly all my questions as I am camping with my best buddy, our Welsh Collie.
I did read somewhere which maps were best to use, but can't remember where I read it or the final outcome.So anyone know which ones to use OS Expolorer or Landranger or neither? I am a confident map reader if it makes any differance.
Cheers OMAHD (One Man And His Dog)

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#53555 - 02/02/10 08:42 PM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: 116116]
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Hi and welcome

I would certainly go with the Explorer. If it is your first crossing there are inevitably times when you will go off route due to mist, unclear tracks or a diversion to a pub! And, in the unlikely event of an emergency occurring, not necessarily to you but to someone that you encounter, being able to see field boundaries and minor details not shown at a larger scale etc could make a significant difference. Argos have started selling them at slightly discounted prices, second hand bookshops are a possible source or they can be found cheaper at Map Kiosk on the net. And, of course, if you get the walking bug, you can use them for future forays on the other hills.

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#53557 - 02/02/10 09:04 PM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: slowcoach]
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3 for 2 OS maps direct from OS http://leisure.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/ likely to be the same offer elsewhere.

1:25000 is best for walking in most area of the UK, with the exception of remote areas of Scotland where 1:50000 is fine.

Have you considered using strip maps instead?

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#53568 - 03/02/10 11:09 AM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: *tim*]
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Hi Thanks for the replies and tips. I am not sure what scale the strip maps are, I think a trip to town is on the cards to have a look at my map options in real time.
Just another thought though! Does one mark the route out prior to start date or make it up as one goes along? (Suppose I could answer that myself but would like to know what others do)
I did see a link on a forum somewhere where someone had marked the route out on an OS map which you can zoom in and out. It was awesome. I might have copied the link somewhere if anyone is interested.
Cheers OMAHD (One Man And His Dog)

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#53569 - 03/02/10 11:58 AM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: 116116]
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OMAHD - I tend to stick with the purple covered Landranger OS at 1:50000 all the time. I find I cannot "read" the contours so easily on the 1:25000 maps and you need twice as many. If there is a confusing area where more detail is required I go to Multimap.com, zoom into 1:25000 and beyond and print out in colour the relevant section to take along. It is light and is free...... Always mark the route in advance on the map with a fluorescent marker,it is so much easier to follow the route that way.

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#53575 - 03/02/10 03:27 PM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: rogere]
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One hiccough with this method is that there is the possibility of only discovering that an area is confusing when you are actually there and you have no larger scale map available! Linear maps are fine until you get lost in mist and find that you have walked off the edge! The OS "Coast to Coast" strip maps are now 10 years old and don't include subsequent diversions, which aren't always signposted. One solution to this is to use a guidebook with linear OS maps included and take the 1:50000 as backups. If you are likely to discard them after the walk, then you can download the strip maps. If you intend to return to walk the route again or other areas in the Lakes, Dales and Moors, then the 1:25000 are a good investment.

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#53578 - 03/02/10 04:25 PM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: slowcoach]
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Registered: 29/04/05
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You can always borrow the maps from the library, my one has all the 1:50000.
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#53588 - 03/02/10 10:58 PM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: Harland]
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Originally Posted By: Harland
You can always borrow the maps from the library, my one has all the 1:50000.


I am sure that if you ask nicely at the library,they can even get them for you if they don't already have them.
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#53595 - 04/02/10 03:39 PM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: Reluctanttrucker]
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Thanks, some great tips there. Borrowing them seems like a good idea but I do have a habit of marking/writing on maps Ive used in the past, don't think that would go down with the library to well!
Do both maps have the camp sites and other info marked on them?

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#53596 - 04/02/10 04:02 PM Re: Explorer or Landranger? [Re: 116116]
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Registered: 30/07/09
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Loc: Yorkshire
Both have the information that you will nrequire on them, although in a different degree of detail. The easiest way forward is to go on the OS website, choose a couple of stretches of the walk, say High Street and Keld, and compare the two scales to see which would suit you better.

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