A-Z Maps blog

This is the home of ramblings from the inside of the iconic brand that is A-Z. On our blog you will find out how to get from A to Z and a lot more in between.

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England Coast Path Map Reading Skills

Developing map reading skills when out walking

No one is born with map reading skills, it is something that is learnt and built-on with use. Of course, there is a big difference in the level of ability required when comparing a low-level walk in good weather along waymarked paths and high-level navigation across difficult terrain in poor… Read More

Walk 1000 Miles in 2017 challenge

Here at A-Z we love a challenge… especially a walking challenge! As many of you already know, in 2016, four of our intrepid team members bravely took on the Bournemouth Marathon, and completed it (some more successfully than others!). But now the New Year is here and we need a… Read More

National Map Reading Week – Frank’s South Downs Way Adventure…

It’s National Map Reading Week! Ordnance Survey have been publishing some amazing, informative guides to help refresh the populations map reading skills this week. My previous blog explained about my non-existent experiences with paper maps and development of my own map reading skills. So, I now had to demonstrate… Read More

National Map Reading Week (17th October – 23rd October)

So, you must of heard about #NationalMapReadingWeek that has been launched by Ordnance Survey! To celebrate #NationalMapReadingWeek next week, I’ve been working on a series of blog posts about my own personal experiences with reading and using paper maps (or not as the case maybe…) As the youngest and newest member of staff… Read More

Bournemouth Marathon Race Report

We are delighted to report that the four members of the A-Z team for the Bournemouth Marathon successfully completed the race on Sunday. All have now returned to work and are bravely coping with their aching limbs and battle scars ( some more quietly than others ). The A-Z team… Read More

A-Z team training on Bournemouth Marathon Course

The Plan As part of their preparation for the Bournemouth Marathon, the A-Z team planned a training trip to the south coast. One of the team, who shall remain nameless, had decided that visualisation was an important part of preparation for such a challenge. Consequently, the A-Z team have now… Read More

Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk training – Bournemouth Marathon

As the Bournemouth Marathon became more of a reality for our team, Caroline became concerned that the ‘running a marathon is more of a mental challenge’ mantra was being taken a little too literally by some, in that they were not doing much physical preparation! The scheduled Yorkshire 3 Peaks… Read More
The Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100

Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 – Event day

On the 31st of July – Tim from our drawing office took part in the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100. The Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 celebrates the legacy for cycling created during the London 2012 Olympics. After months of training, preparation and over 380 miles cycled (in July), Tim was ready to partake and raise money for London’s Air Ambulance. Read More

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