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.

Dartmoor Walks – Exploring The Moors

Dartmoor National Park covers a huge 368 square miles of South Devon between Plymouth and Exeter. The landscape encompasses a range of breathtaking scenery, from valleys and forests to rivers and waterfalls. In prehistoric times Dartmoor was fertile farmland, and was well populated around 3500 years ago. The land turned… Read More

The Best Small London Parks

London’s parks are renowned for their architectural prowess, coupled with some outstanding scenery. Visitors to London are often surprised by the amount of green space. The tidy city squares offer peace and calm to workers, residents and tourists alike; the larger parks and commons give Londoners space to play and… Read More

Why Are A-Z Maps So Easy to Read?

Open a map page in your A-Z street map or other quality street atlas. You will immediately notice the main roads and landscape features like rivers and parks, showing you the lay of the land. Focus in on a neighbourhood and you’ll see the network of side streets, their names,… Read More

City Music Festivals

It may be rare to hear ‘music festivals’ used in the same sentence as ‘city’ but let us assure you, they do exist. People often associate music festivals with mud, camping and spending days away from our creature comforts. Not everyone’s idea of a holiday. Still, music is enjoyed by… Read More

Guess the National Park Competition

It’s competition time! We’re giving you a chance to win an Adventure Atlas. A-Z Adventure Atlases have the accuracy and quality of OS Explorer mapping and are indexed within a single book, making them the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore this… Read More

London Bridges

The River Thames was much wider and shallower when London was a younger city. When the Romans first saw it, the river was around five times as wide as it is today. Today its levels have to be monitored and controlled following construction of narrower banks. In total there are… Read More

Cycling in the North York Moors

The North York Moors is one of the largest areas of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. Cycling in the North York Moors makes for the perfect outdoor pursuit. The many miles of country roads, bridleways and forest tracks offer some great cycling routes. The North Yorkshire Moors National Park… Read More

How Are A-Z Maps Updated?

One of A-Z’s biggest challenges is keeping our maps up-to-date. Maps need to be an accurate representation of the real world but, as Heraclitus said, change is the only constant. Some changes are very obvious like a new bypass, housing estate or hospital. However, there are many more small changes… Read More

The Broads

The Broads is a vast network of waterways in Norfolk and Suffolk, formed from seven connected rivers. The broads themselves are lakes formed from flooded medieval peat diggings, and are often found alongside the rivers. A national park covers 303 square kilometres, making it Britain’s largest protected wetland. The waterways… Read More

Driving In Europe

Driving on the continent can be both exhilarating and daunting. Learning new rules of the road is a challenge, not to mention remembering to drive on the other side of the road! Each country has different driving laws so be sure to check these before your journey. Preparation is key… Read More

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