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Clean lines, precise detailing and shapes galore – these are just a couple of visual reasons why these 18th century garden plans are our #mapofthemonth.

The park and garden were merged into one during the Georgian era. Features like the ha-ha (a stock-proof boundary invisible from the house) helped to achieve this stylised look. Other features, like the walled kitchen gardens were sited out of view or screened by the latest craze, the shrubbery.

The concept of the ‘landscape park’ was ultimately a British style which would influence gardens throughout Europe.
We know – they aren’t exactly maps! But the skill in the technical drawing compares with a beautifully drawn map by a professional cartographer (and we really do love our hand drawn maps here at The Way!)

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Navigating yourself around a new city can be daunting enough – add a set of wheels into the mix, and it can be ever more confusing and intimidating.

No more! These pocket sized, beautifully but fuctionally designed guides from Rapha banish the big, clunky fold out maps.

Every guide is illustrated by individual artists to give each book and city a unique aesthetic. Providing locations, destinations and experiences all designed in functional layouts – they’re a visual dream.

So far Rapha have released eight guides for the following locations:

• Amsterdam
• Antwerp/ Ghent
• Barcelona
• Berlin
• Copenhagen
• London
• Milan
• Paris

We’d love it if that they designed a guide for every city in the world… however that would mean 4,416 guides! Here’s hoping!

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Botanical gardens – Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Last month, I had the most wonderful opportunity to visit the isle of Sri Lanka. With its array of wildlife, stunning temples and tasty food – I was in cultural heaven!

As part of my trip I visited the country’s Royal Botanical Gardens. I was simply blown away by the colourful, huge and diverse trees and plants on show. It really was a real treat for all the senses.

I chose the garden’s guide map for this month’s MOTM for both simplicity and detail:

Simplicity

• The key areas are highlighted by the bold numbers, which are easily found in the legend – this allowed us to create our own route around the garden.

Detail

• Beautifully hand-illustrated – you can grasp a feel for the garden before you even step foot in it!

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I urge anyone to visit this stunning place. And don’t forget to pick up a map if you do!

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This month map comes from Britain’s king of mapping – The Ordance Survey.

This beautiful data map was created by Charley Glynn, one of their cartographic designers. Charley extracted all of the public route information and created a series of stunning data visualisations to showcase town and city route favourites.

People who created routes for their outdoors adventures had logged almost every bit of British coastline. It neatly frames the rest of the data and gives the illusion you are looking at a map of Great Britain. The darker, thicker areas illustrate the higher concentration of routes and reveal popularity.

We love the fact this map gives a completely new view of Britain, with our National Parks playing the key role.

You can see a full list of the most popular cities and towns below.

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Top 10 cities and towns and number of routes

Keswick – 1746

Ambleside – 1619

Guildford – 1146

City of Westminster – 1129

Richmond upon Thames – 1099

Winchester – 1089

Leeds – 1072

Sheffield – 1043

Bath – 1041

Bakewell – 1006

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We’ve decided to come a little closer to home with this #mapofthemonth.

Our top two Bristol maps include:

1. A mind-bogglingly beautiful hand-drawn map from the super talented Gareth Wood. We feel this encapsulates Bristol’s quirkiness and highlights the Brizzle hotspots in a unique way. If you can, check out his London map too, it’s ace.

2. In contrast, this extremely useful wayfinding map has got many a tourist out of a pickle – with its clear roads, place names, parks and icons. We think this is a example of great urban cartography from City ID.

It’s a double thumbs up from us!

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Wayfinding map

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We love a National Park and so draw inspiration for this month’s #mapofthemonth from the US National Park Service.

Yellowstone National Park is a place of beauty and wonder. Above are two maps of the park – one taken from the National Geographic Magazine 27 years ago and the other from the official visitor information just two years ago. Can you spot any differences?

For more information visit nps.gov/yell