COMPLETE COVERAGE ON SUSTRANS MAPS
The Lagan and Lough route at Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland - the last maps to complete the UK series. Credit Robert Ashby/Sustrans
Sustrans has completed the first series of cycle maps to cover the whole of the UK. The charity, which created the National Cycle Network, this week launched the maps of Northern Ireland, the last four in a 53-map series of pocket guides.
Together the maps cover all 14,000 miles of National Cycle Network, as well as other major routes such as the London Cycle Superhighways, and over 100 recommended day rides for people to enjoy, as well as inset maps of towns and city centres.
Martyn Brunt, Head of Mapping at Sustrans said: “Our new Pocket Map series is everything you need to plan your trip. It covers all National Cycle Routes and major routes and we’re updating them all the time as new routes are added.”
“We’ve been working on the maps since 2012, starting on the South coast of England and working northwards to Scotland. Northern Ireland and London were the last maps which complete the series.”
The only similar series of maps came out in the 1950s, long before Sustrans National Cycle Network began in 1995, and before most dedicated cycle paths and segregated routes.
The last maps in Sustrans UK Pocket Maps series, which were produced by Sustrans’ Four Point Mapping team, covered Northern Ireland, and include:
49 Belfast, Down & Armagh
50 Fermanagh Lakelands & Tyrone
51 Derry~Londonderry & The North West
52 The Causeway Coast & Glens
The Pocket Map series has already proved incredibly popular with more than 85,000 maps sold so far, and several reprinted because they sold out. Cornwall is the best-selling map having been reprinted three times since it was first launched, and other top-sellers include Dorset Downs, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Peak District, Severn and Thames, South West Wales, Yorkshire Wolds and York and the North Yorkshire Moors.
Work continues on updated versions of the maps as new routes and features are added and new information is included.
For more information or to order maps look up www.sustrans.org.uk/shop
Fitting neatly into a cycle jersey pocket or under a map-trap, the maps do not have the bulk of standard OS maps. Of course, they do not have the detail. On the other hand, cycling specific information, along with some suggested routes and an attractive price - often with discounted regional packs - have made these a favourite.