Single Map Challenge

Now that we will soon be able to travel a little further afield, we will be looking for new challenges and quests to occupy our outdoor days. I am not talking about Three Peaks challenges or the Wainwrights and Munros, I am talking about a challenge that is possible by virtually everyone regardless of age or ability.

The idea for the challenge came about as the result of a chance meeting with a man and his dog on the Isle of Wight. We had both just returned to our cars after our walks and started talking about our walks I was very impressed with the man’s story. He had set himself the task, several years earlier, to walk every single Public Right of Way PROW on the Isle of Wight on square at a time.

OK, before you all books tickets on the ferry to the Isle of Wight, that is not what I had in mind. What I am suggesting is that you select a single 25k OS Explorer map of you choice and walk all the PROW’s on the map! The map could be your local one or in an area your love to explore.

If the whole map seems a little daunting, then you could divide the map into quarters, eighths or smaller areas and tackle each one in turn. Alternatively, select a single point, maybe a car park, and draw a circle around of your choice. Then walk all the PROWs in that circle, then move on to the next car park

I have started doing this in the South Downs National Park by selecting a particular Common or Heath and walking all the paths in that Common/Heath. It has been an amazing and enjoyable experience during lockdown as I have walked the same common every weekend since before Christmas and never taken the same route twice. I have discovered old chapels and beautiful ponds that I did knew existed.

So, it is over to you. Go to your bookcase and select a map and start planning and walking. Take the kids, parents, grandparents along and make it a family challenge. Do not set yourself a time limit, just walk and enjoy the outdoors at every opportunity that you can. You do not have to walk far; a lot of paths can be covered in a couple of hours.

Photo by Any Lane

Do not own an OS Map, then this is easily solved. Just follow the linked adverts below and use their online tools to select your local or chosen map.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your map and start walking. Whilst you are out, take some photos and put them up on Instagram copying me @glyngetoutside and use the hashtag #SingleMapChallenge

One thought on “Single Map Challenge

  1. Cameron Kellman

    Make sure you take a folding hand saw or cordless mini/nano saw along with you as many PROWs are overgrown and haven’t been properly maintained. These are staples in my walking backpack, along with my first aid kit.

    There are also quite a few paths that lead to no where, due to obstructions and changes made by insular farmers and new land owners. I have reported at least four violations to the footpaths in my locality to the local council who were supposed to investigate and get back to me. I am still waiting.

    Also OS Maps are not always updated with changes to footpaths, so be wary in your expeditions.


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