Living in a relatively densely populated area, I really need a 1:25,000 map to find my way around. So I toddled down to the local independent bookshop and bought the 1:25,000 OS Explorer Map for our area, which cost £7.99.
For my trips, I use Tracklogs mapping software to print off route maps. I’ve got no views as to whether it’s better or worse than other providers, but it’s what I’ve got and I’m reluctant to give up the sunk cost of the whole of Great Britain mapped in 1:50,000.
I had a quick look to see how much the equivalent map would cost in digital form from Tracklogs. £19.95!!!! The whole of GB in 1:25,000 only costs £250. I looked on Route Buddy and it’s slightly more expensive at £19.99. I have to say it’s very strange that digital maps are massively more expensive than paper ones!
However, the whole of GB at 1:25,000 for £250 from Tacklogs begins to look a bit of a bargain. On Route Buddy, GB regions are £150. Route Buddy gets a lot of good press and has some attractions as it coordinates with an iPhone. However, I’m not sure the costs are worth it for me. If you’re wondering about the map at the top, it’s day one of my 2014 TGO Challenge 🙂