Putting Adventure on the Map!
Welcome to our repository of local adventures. Journeys through space and time. Inspired by our local Ordnance Survey Landranger map: 139.
Our adventures nearly always start with a map. Scanning the paper for possibilities. In the UK we are lucky to have the Ordnance Survey (OS). Military in origin, our national mapping agency had been mapping the UK since 1745.
The OS Landranger series of maps is a cyclist’s dream. The perfect size to plan day trips and overnight loops all from our doorstep and just enough information to understand what lies ahead, and of course, get us home safe.
139 is dominated by the pink hues of the West Midlands Conurbation and the thick blue lines of the UK motorway network. No mountain ranges, great rivers or swathes of green forest and yet, amongst the sprawl there are hills and woodlands, castles and canals, river valleys, wetlands and geological and archaeological hotspots all linked by old ways and new.
The map is full of adventure possibilities. Better than that, the map is ‘permission’. A playground full of curious place names, water, hills, woodland, housing & industry All of it reachable in a few hours by bicycle.
The map is our playground. Grab your bike and come with us. Let’s re-discover our own areas and go on a local bicycle adventure.
See you out there.
Sarah & Mary
Nothing beats a good old coddiwomple. A fabulous word meaning “to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination”. I like testing my limits, planning routes and fettling gear. Never enough time nor money to do spectacular; yet I want to have inspiring adventures. I also want money and my lifestyle. The eternal, frustrated adventure…….READ MORE
Map Gazing is a journey in itself. Curiously following thought to a conclusion and turning it into action. Whether to increase knowledge, test a limit or simply just because. Inspiration, curiosity and motivation are all that are needed to find adventure anywhere. Oh, and a bicycle!…..READ MORE
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