We’ve just heard about this great idea from SplashMaps – they’re making maps printed on waterproof, washable and wearable high-performance fabrics – so you could literally wear your map on your sleeve! They’re using a combination of Ordnance Survey and OpenStreetMap data and working to a scale of 1:40 000 – focusing on the New Forest for their first batch.
The company can print scarves, shorts, sleeves – and even bras – so the lightweight and waterproof maps can be easily stashed in a pocket (if it’s a scarf!) and accessed. They can also customise the maps to suit you - the scale, symbols or colour can be altered, and it could be centred on the region, or even the exact route, you’re interested in – so no excuses for getting lost now!
SplashMaps intend to make all 15 of Britain’s national parks available by April, by which time you will be able to centre your map anywhere in the country.
What do you think? Great idea for a waterproof washable map? Would it save you from struggling with a paper map on a rainy day? Or be a good back-up for your GPS? Let us know what you think on the blog and find out more at www.splashmaps.co.uk.