A brief guide to the variety of maps covering Fforest Fawr Geopark.
‘A picture paints a thousand words’ – the same can be said for maps which are in effect a picture of the landscape. There are a range of maps available covering Fforest Fawr Geopark.
Most people will be familar with Ordnance Survey maps – the key to exploring the countryside on foot or otherwise. Other mapmakers offer similar ‘topographic’ maps too, and at a variety of scales. Find out what’s on offer.
Looking at an old map can reveal what changes have taken place in an area over 50 or 100 years or more – utterly fascinating to see railways come and go, quarries and reservoirs appear and towns and villages expand. Buy one secondhand, inspect a library copy or buy a modern copy of an old map. See what’s available.
What’s that rock? Why do those valleys line up? Questions like these can often be answered with a map showing the underlying geology. The British Geological Survey have been publishing maps for over 150 years - take a look at what they’ve got for this area.