17th July 2012

Walk on the Wales Coast Path with GeoVation

Viv Alexander

To celebrate the official launch of the  Wales Coast Path on 5 May 2012, and to coincide with innovation competition, the Wales Coast Path GeoVation Challenge, Ordnance Survey created a new map showing the entire country of Wales including the coastline at 1:25 000 scale.  Nothing exciting in that, you might think, except that this one is pretty huge! In fact, it’s massive! At 10 metres by 8 metres, this isn’t one you’ll be talking out with you on a walk. This is one that you can walk on.

Some of you who attended the weekend camp in Cardiff in June will have already seen the map and walked on it, or even pitched your idea while standing on it!

The map was initially shown to the public at the Cardiff launch event for the Wales Coast Path so  hundreds of people can now say they have walked all over Wales.

Last week the map came to Southampton, where it was on display in the Ordnance Survey head office and it proved very popular with staff sharing their favourite walks and recommending holiday destinations. Our older nursery children also had a look and you can see how much fun they had!A photo showing children on the Wales Coast Path map

On Wednesday the map will be travelling to the  GeoVation Showcase in Cardiff, where our GeoVation finalists will pitch for a share of innovation funding to take their ideas forward.

The map was designed and printed by John E Wright (of Mapland Scotland fame) who are one of our Licensed Partners based in Nottingham. The base map was then welded together in three strips in Bolton before being delivered to Kidwelly in West Wales for the opening ceremony of the Wales Coast Path.

Ordnance Survey has gifted the map to the people of Wales and is now under the stewardship of the Welsh Ramblers in Cardiff. It has already spent time in North Wales attracting a great deal of interest as part of its tour and following its visit to Southampton will be continue to be enjoyed by schools, organisations and at promotional events to continue the interest that it generates.

If you are interested in borrowing it for a community or school event, please contact Welsh Ramblers  – cerddwyr@ramblers.org.uk