Some maps of the Maamturks Area.
|This is a piece of the half inch to a mile map published by the
Ordnance Survey of Ireland in 1978. Leckavrea is now regarded as the mountain top right.
This scale is 1:126720 when expressed as a ratio.
The map is difficult to use because of the minute detail and because of the obtrusive layer tinting. The brown contours simply do not stand out in the upper areas over 1500 ft. The contours are at 100 foot intervals, which is very nearly 30m.
|This is a section of the one inch to one mile hachured map, also showing Corgemore. It has lost quite a lot in reproduction, scanning and size reduction. The originals are a lot more impressive.|
|Perhaps the map with the oddest origin in my collection is this one. It is a British large sheet one inch to a mile map produced during the Second World War. Although a black and white one inch map was available, the sheet size of these was small and fairly impractical. These maps were produced for use by British forces in the event of an invasion of the country. They are better than the small sheet maps because they cover a decent sized area and because they make some attempt at colouring.|
This is the imprint on the map. Extraordinary that anyone would have produced three editions between 1940 and 1942. And then they weren't used. A number of them were given to the Irish army and from there to hillwalkers in the late 1970's.
|This is a sample of the 1:50000 map produced by Folding
Landcapes. See acknowledgement.
When it came out in 1986 it was well in advance of anything else available
for hillwalking purposes and still is in many ways.
|This is a sample from the new map
produced by Harveys of the same area. The map has a scale of
1:30,000 with a contour interval of 15m. Advantages of this map include
a. attempt to represent the ground by colouring or shading
b. no height shading obscuring detail
c. smaller lettering of some of the major tops
d. more peaks named, generally bilingually
e. much better paper
f. no awkward overlap
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